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August 1984

Intraretinal Hemorrhages in Cystoid Macular Edema

Author Affiliations

From the Retina Unit, St Vincent Medical Center, Toledo (Drs Bovino and Marcus), and the Department of Ophthalmology, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (Dr Kelly).

Arch Ophthalmol. 1984;102(8):1151-1152. doi:10.1001/archopht.1984.01040030929015

• Retinal hemorrhages can be associated with typical cystoid macular edema. We examined the fundus photographs and fluorescein angiograms of 313 eyes of 264 patients with documented cystoid macular edema to establish the incidence and characteristics of associated intraretinal hemorrhages. As we wanted to study only those hemorrhages unique to cystoid macular edema, we excluded 86 eyes because the patients had diseases known to be associated with retinal hemorrhages. These diseases included diabetes mellitus, branch retinal vein occlusion, hypertensive retinopathy, venous stasis retinopathy, and perifoveal telangiectasia. Of the remaining 227 eyes with cystoid macular edema, 56 (24.7%) were identified with retinal hemorrhages not associated with systemic disease. The hemorrhages were characteristically oval, round, or linear and frequently filled or partially filled the intraretinal cystoid space. In many patients, a blood-fluid level was observed.