Giant retinal tears after prior pars plana vitrectomy: Management strategies and outcomes

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Purpose: To evaluate management strategies and outcomes for patients with giant retinal tear (GRT)-associated retinal detachment (RD) that had undergone previous pars plana vitrectomy (PPV). Methods: A noncomparative consecutive case series between January 2005 and July 2010. Patients with a preceding history of PPV undergoing retinal reattachment surgery for GRTs were identified. Results: Using International Classification of Diseases 9 codes for GRTs, 227 cases were identified. A total of eight eyes in eight patients were identified as having had preceding PPV for non-RD-related pathology. The mean age was 45.5 (range of 10-79) years. The mean time between PPV and diagnosis of GRT was 2.4 months. The mean follow-up after RD surgery was 24.3 months. Presenting visual acuity was 20/400 or better in four of eight patients (50%). All patients underwent repeat PPV with either gas or oil tamponade. A scleral buckling procedure was performed in seven patients (88%). Perfluorocarbon liquid was used during reattachment surgery in four patients (50%). Although anatomic success was achieved in all patients, visual acuity at last follow-up was 20/400 or better in 6 patients (75%). Conclusion: GRTs are an uncommon complication of PPV. The majority of patients underwent repeat PPV, scleral buckling procedure, perfluorocarbon liquid use and silicone-oil tamponade. Patients presenting with GRT-associated RD after PPV undergoing additional surgery achieved high rates of anatomic success, but visual outcomes were variable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20130826
Number of pages1
JournalClinical Ophthalmology
StatePublished - Aug 27 2013


  • Giant retinal tear
  • Perfluorocarbon liquids
  • Retinal detachment
  • Vitrectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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