Retinal detachment after primary pneumatic retinopexy

Sachin S Mudvari, Zac B Ravage, Kourous A Rezaei
Retina 2009, 29 (10): 1474-8

PURPOSE: To describe the characteristics and outcome of patients who required retinal reattachment surgery after pneumatic retinopexy for rhegmatogenous retinal detachment.

METHODS: Retrospective review of patients who underwent retinal reattachment surgery after pneumatic retinopexy at a multioffice retina practice. Patients with <6 months follow-up were excluded.

RESULTS: Two hundred eighty-nine eyes from 289 patients underwent pneumatic retinopexy and 50 eyes of 50 patients were included in this study. The mean follow-up time was 28 +/- 20.4 months (range, 6-76 months). The most common cause of detachment was development of a new retinal detachment (72%) associated with the development of a new retinal break (75%). Increased or persistent subretinal fluid associated with the original detachment was the cause of detachment in 28% of eyes. The mean number of procedures for retinal reattachment was 1.4 +/- 0.9 (range, 1-5) with the majority (72%) reattached with 1 surgery. The mean visual acuity on presentation was 20/125 (range, 20/20-hand movements) and at the final visit was 20/50 (range, 20/20-counting fingers).

CONCLUSION: Retinal reattachment surgery after pneumatic retinopexy is successful with anatomic and functional improvement. The most common cause of detachment is the formation of new inferior retinal detachment caused by a new break.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Related Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.


Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"

We want to hear from doctors like you!

Take a second to answer a survey question.