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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 167-168  

Persistent macular detachment after successful macular hole closure and its management in an emmetropic eye

1 Department of Vitreo-Retina, B W Lions Super Speciality Eye Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Vitreo-Retina, Aravind Eye Hospital, Puducherry, India
3 Department of Ophthalmology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India

Date of Submission26-Sep-2019
Date of Decision28-Mar-2020
Date of Acceptance01-Apr-2020
Date of Web Publication2-Nov-2020

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Dr. C K Nagesha
Department of Vitreo-Retina, B W Lions Super Speciality Eye Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ojo.OJO_221_2019

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Macular hole with a concomitant macular detachment is unusual in emmetropic eyes. A middle aged women was operated for a full thickness macular hole with inverted flap technique. There was persistence of subretinal fluid for 4 months even after the hole was successfully closed. A second surgery was performed to remove the highly viscous subretinal fluid. This report highlights the technical difficulties in managing such cases. This case also highlights the need for recognition of coexisting pathologies before deciding the surgery.

Keywords: Internal limiting membrane inverted flap technique, macular detachment, macular hole, subretinal fluid

How to cite this article:
Nagesha C K, Fazal R, Ganne P. Persistent macular detachment after successful macular hole closure and its management in an emmetropic eye. Oman J Ophthalmol 2020;13:167-8

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Nagesha C K, Fazal R, Ganne P. Persistent macular detachment after successful macular hole closure and its management in an emmetropic eye. Oman J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2020 [cited 2023 Feb 2];13:167-8. Available from: https://www.ojoonline.org/text.asp?2020/13/3/167/299783

   Introduction Top

A 56-year-old female presented with a large macular hole (minimum hole diameter: 815 μ) with neurosensory detachment (NSD) of four disc diameters in her right eye. The axial length was 22.37 mm [Figure 1]a and [Figure 1]b. Twenty-five-gauge pars plana vitrectomy with internal limiting membrane peeling (perfluorooctane-assisted inverted flap technique) and SF6 tamponade was done. Postoperatively, macular hole closed but the NSD persisted over 4 months [Figure 2]a, [Figure 2]b, [Figure 2]c. Drainage retinotomy was made in the paramacular area to remove subretinal fluid (SRF), and perfluorocarbon liquid was used to flatten the macula [Figure 3]a, [Figure 3]b, [Figure 3]c, [Figure 3]d. Air-gas (C3F8) exchange was done under direct visualization. The aspirated SRF was very viscous, and the flute cannula was placed in the retinotomy till the very end of C3F8-air exchange. Trace SRF persisted at the end of the surgery. Postoperatively, SRF significantly decreased and resolved completely at 4 months. The best-corrected visual acuity stabilized at 6/18 Snellen lines [Figure 2]d, [Figure 2]e, [Figure 2]f.
Figure 1: Large full-thickness macular hole (a) with posterior hyaloid attachment to the margin (b)

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Figure 2: Closed macular hole with persistent detachment 1 month after the first surgery (a), after 2 months (b), and at the end of 4 months (c). Decreased subretinal fluid 1 month after the second surgery (d), 2 months (e), and complete resolution by 4 months (f)

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Figure 3: Intraoperative picture showing subretinal fluid at the macula (a), Perfluorocarbon liquid bubble to flatten macula (b). Drainage retinotomy at STQ site (c) and d) Flat macula 4 months after subretinal fluid drainage surgery

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   Comment Top

The prevalence of macular hole retinal detachment (RD) is reported to be <1% of all RDs. These are commonly encountered in high myopia with posterior staphyloma.[1] It is rare in emmetropic eyes as they present usually with isolated macular hole and cuff of SRF or secondary macular hole in long-standing RD. In the present case, macular hole occurred in the setting of anomalous posterior vitreous attachments which caused additional macular detachment. This was overlooked and managed as a simple macular hole. Hence, the detachment persisted even after the closure of the hole. This case emphasizes the need to address concomitant macular detachment during primary macular hole surgery. Draining the SRF through a paramacular drainage retinotomy than through macular hole itself may be better in such cases.[2] When the detachments are chronic, we should anticipate difficulties in draining the highly viscous SRF completely and delay in resolution of residual fluid. This entity needs to be identified preoperatively, and surgical maneuver should aim at closure of macular hole as well as complete flattening of detachment in the primary surgery.

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   References Top

Siam AL. Management of central retinal detachment due to a macular hole. Br J Ophthalmol 1973;57:351-4.  Back to cited text no. 1
Jeon HS, Byon IS, Park SW, Lee JE, Oum BS. Extramacular drainage of subretinal fluid during vitrectomy for macular hole retinal detachment in high myopia. Retina 2014;34:1096-102.  Back to cited text no. 2


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