Epiretinal membrane and traction retinal detachment complicating laser-induced chorioretinal venous anastomosis

J K Luttrull
American Journal of Ophthalmology 1997, 123 (5): 698-9

PURPOSE: To report a patient with a sight-threatening complication of laser-induced chorioretinal venous anastomosis for treatment of central retinal vein occlusion.

METHOD: A 69-year-old woman with a nonischemic central retinal vein occlusion underwent focal argon laser photocoagulation treatment to create a chorioretinal venous anastomosis.

RESULTS: Massive preretinal fibrosis and traction retinal detachment developed over the area of argon laser photocoagulation, which required vitreous surgery.

CONCLUSION: Laser-induced chorioretinal venous anastomosis to treat central retinal vein occlusion can be associated with severe complications, underscoring the need for additional study of this new treatment modality.

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