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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 363-365

Repeat gas insufflation for successful closure of idiopathic macular hole following failed primary surgery

Shri Bhagwan Mahavir Vitreoretinal Services, Sankara Nethralya, 18 College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Pukhraj Rishi
Senior Consultant, Shri Bhagwan Mahavir Vitreoretinal Services, Sankara Nethralaya, 18 College Road, Chennai - 600 006, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.116452

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A 65-year-old lady presented with decreased vision in left eye since seven months. Vision was 6/9 in right eye and 6/36 in left. Examination revealed idiopathic, full-thickness macular hole in left eye; confirmed by optical coherence tomography (OCT). Patient underwent phacoemulsification with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, vitrectomy, internal limiting membrane (ILM) peeling and 14% C 3 F 8 gas injection. OCT repeated after six weeks revealed type II closure with cuff of subretinal fluid. Four weeks later, patient underwent fluid-gas exchange with 14% C 3 F 8 gas and postoperative positioning. OCT was repeated after two weeks, which showed complete closure of the macular hole. OCT can help in selection of eyes for re-surgery that stand a better chance for hole closure. Macular holes with cuff of subretinal fluid are probably more likely to close on re-surgery than those without. However, larger studies with longer follow-up are required to validate this finding.

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