|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 7 | Page : 988-990
Sandwich technique using a combination of perfluoropropane and silicone oil for inferior retinal detachment
Sumit Randhir Singh, Deven Dhurandhar, Jay Chhablani
L V Prasad Eye Institute, Smt. Kanuri Santhamma Centre for Vitreo-Retinal Diseases, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
|Date of Submission||05-Jan-2018|
|Date of Acceptance||04-Apr-2018|
|Date of Web Publication||25-Jun-2018|
Smt. Kanuri Santhamma Centre for Vitreo-Retinal Diseases, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad - 500 034, Telangana
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
We report a novel surgical sandwich technique using a combination of intraocular perfluoropropane (C3F8) and silicone oil for inferior retinal detachment (RD). After conventional pars plana vitrectomy and posterior vitreous detachment induction, fluid-gas exchange using 14% C3F8was done. This was followed by silicone oil injection using automated infusion pump to 50% fill of the vitreous cavity under direct visualization to achieve formation of two bubbles – gas bubble superiorly and silicone oil inferiorly. The patient was subsequently asked to maintain upright position. The two immiscible bubbles of C3F8and silicone oil provide tamponade to superior and inferior retina, respectively. With time, gas bubble reduces in size with a gradual superior shift of silicone oil. This novel sandwich technique achieves complete attachment of retina and reduces the risk of retinal redetachment in inferior RDs by adequately tamponading the inferior retina.
Keywords: Inferior retinal detachment, perfluoropropane, proliferative vitreoretinopathy, sandwich technique, silicone oil
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Singh SR, Dhurandhar D, Chhablani J. Sandwich technique using a combination of perfluoropropane and silicone oil for inferior retinal detachment. Indian J Ophthalmol 2018;66:988-90
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Singh SR, Dhurandhar D, Chhablani J. Sandwich technique using a combination of perfluoropropane and silicone oil for inferior retinal detachment. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2018 [cited 2021 Jan 16];66:988-90. Available from: https://www.ijo.in/text.asp?2018/66/7/988/234963
Despite the various advances in vitreoretinal surgery in the last few decades, still, one of the commonly encountered difficulties is the recurrence of retinal detachment (RD) due to reopening of breaks or proliferative changes in the inferior retinal periphery. The standard gas or silicone oil endotamponades are unable to provide adequate retinal support in the inferior retina without adequate posturing., Moreover, maintaining prone position remains a challenge, especially in old age or patients with known spinal disorder. Both silicone oil (0.97 g/mL) and intraocular gases (0.001 g/mL) have a lower specific gravity as compared to vitreous (1.005–1.008 g/mL), as a result of which, they tend to float in the vitreous cavity. Therefore, the inferior retina is poorly supported by these tamponading agents and is more prone to the development of proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) changes.,
The introduction of heavier-than-water tamponades in the form of fluorinated silicone oil, perfluorocarbon liquids (PFCLs), partially fluorinated alkanes (PFAs), and heavy silicone oils (HSOs) has tried to circumvent this lacuna. However, associated challenges including potential retinal toxicity with PFCL, higher rates of emulsification, and intraocular pressure rise with fluorinated silicone oil, PFA, or HSO along with nonsuperior results compared to silicone oil have prevented their common usage.,,, Double filling with fluorinated silicone oil and conventional silicone oil or PFA and conventional silicone oil have also been attempted with not so encouraging results with issues such as miscibility of fluids and similar recurrence rates of RDs.,
We have tried a different combination of using C3F8 gas and conventional silicone oil (1000 cs) which would provide an adequate tamponade to both the superior and inferior retina alike and probably reduce the incidence of PVR changes.
| Surgical Technique|| |
Conventional 23G or 25G vitrectomy was performed. Posterior vitreous detachment induction was done if not already present along with peripheral vitrectomy. Once vitrectomy was complete, fluid-air exchange was then performed and remaining subretinal fluid removed through the retinal break or drainage retinotomy. To achieve an isoexpansile concentration, 14% C3F8 was then injected [Figure 1]a. This was followed by slow injection of silicone oil to cover half of the vitreous cavity up to the level of equator using an automated infusion pump using a endoilluminator [Video 1]. Postoperatively, the patient maintained upright position. Intraocular gas C3F8, having a specific gravity lesser than oil, will remain above the gas–oil interface and further push on the oil inferiorly so as to maintain the inferior retinal tamponade [Figure 1]b. A representative case is described as shown in [Figure 2]. [Table 1] shows the details of patients who underwent RD repair using sandwich technique.
|Figure 1: (a) The diagrammatic representation of eye completely filled with 14% perfluoropropane with attached retina. (b) Sandwich filling of silicone oil (1/2) and intraocular gas perfluoropropane (1/2)|
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|Figure 2: A wide-field fundus image of a patient who underwent sandwich technique for retinal detachment associated with inferior retinal break, showing attached retina, flat inferior breaks, and half-filled silicone oil. The patient was a 51-year-old male who had a history of diminution of vision in right eye for past 4 months. Fundus showed the presence of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment with multiple inferior breaks and early proliferative vitreoretinopathy changes. He underwent retinal detachment repair using sandwich technique. After the sandwich technique, the patient maintained upright position for 2 weeks. Best-corrected visual acuity at 2 months follow up improved to 20/80 with attached retina|
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|Table 1: The preoperative and postoperative details of the patients who underwent sandwich technique (14% perfluoropropane) and silicone oil (1000 cs) injection|
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| Discussion|| |
With the currently used tamponades such as intraocular gas (C3F8) and silicone oil or newer agents, recurrent RD occurs in view of inadequate, inferior retinal support.,,,,,,, The above-described sandwich technique leads to the formation of two bubbles – gas bubble superiorly and silicone oil inferiorly. This technique will essentially provide support to both superior and inferior retina, unlike conventional silicone oil and gas tamponades which predominantly provide support to the superior retina only. The gas and silicone oil component remain immiscible unlike the combination of silicone oil and HSO. The injected gas C3F8 has higher buoyancy compared to silicone oil. For instance, the net upward force acting on a gas bubble of C3F8 (1 ml weighing 0.001 g) which displaces 1 ml of fluid, i.e. 1 g, will be 0.999 g. This upward force which is much higher than silicone oil tends to push the gas bubble upward. Another advantage is that postoperative prone positioning is not required and an upright posture may help maintain the two bubble in desired position.
One of the intraoperative challenges of this technique could be to assess the proportion of gas and oil intraoperatively. This challenge may be overcome by silicone oil injection under intraoperative illumination. Once intraocular gas starts getting absorbed, the inferior most tamponade may become insufficient. However, chorioretinal adhesion due to endolaser formed within 2 weeks. In our cases, breaks were located approximately 2–3 disc diameter posterior to ora serrata. Therefore, we achieved sufficient scarring of the laser marks before the silicone oil shows underfill. This is in accordance with the previously published literature which states that postlaser photocoagulation in previously detached retina, the maximal adhesive force increased to up to 300% of normal at 14 days.
This technique appears promising for RD with inferior breaks as, unlike PFCL, gas does not need early additional surgery for removal. However, on the other hand, silicone oil still needs to be removed at a later date and in view of underfill has a higher tendency to emulsify.
We propose this novel sandwich technique using intraocular gas (C3F8) and silicone oil which has an advantage of providing both superior and inferior tamponade. A large-scale case study to determine the long-term efficacy of this technique in terms of anatomical and visual outcome is warranted.
| Conclusion|| |
We report a novel surgical sandwich technique using a combination of perfluoropropane and silicone oil, which provides adequate intraocular tamponade to both superior and inferior retina, respectively. This technique can be helpful in cases with inferior retinal detachments to reduce the recurrence rates.
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