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Ophthalmic Images
July 9, 2020

Recurrent Closed Funnel Retinal Detachment Associated With Optic Nerve Coloboma

Author Affiliations
  • 1John F. Hardesty, MD, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, St Louis, Missouri
  • 2Now with Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2020;138(7):e194102. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2019.4102

A 2-year-old boy with bilateral optic nerve colobomas was noted to have a total rhegmatogenous retinal detachment in his left eye less than a week after a fall, for which he underwent immediate repair with pars plana vitrectomy, membranectomy, endolaser, and gas tamponade. Despite initial reattachment, a subsequent examination under anesthesia 8 months after repair revealed a recurrent retinal detachment emanating from the coloboma as a closed funnel, with prior endolaser scars on bare retinal pigment epithelium (Figure). Retinal detachments are a known complication of optic nerve head colobomas and can be challenging to repair successfully.1

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