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Article
January 1984

Retinal Fold in Macula Following Intraocular GasAn Avoidable Complication of Retinal Detachment Surgery

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1984;102(1):83-84. doi:10.1001/archopht.1984.01040030067037
Abstract

• Liquid vitreous was replaced with air during a scleral buckle for a superotemporal retinal detachment. After surgery, the patient was positioned so that air rolled over the detached retina from anterior to posterior, pressing a fishmouthed tear against the buckle that resulted in reattachment. After the air was absorbed, a large retinal fold was seen in the superotemporal macula along the former posterior margin of the detachment. If the patient had been positioned so that air rolled over the detached retina from posterior to anterior, the potentially visually destructive posterior retinal fold could have been avoided.

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