Idiopathic giant retinal tears in identical twins

Nauman A. Chaudhry, Harry W. Flynn, Homayoun Tabandeh

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PURPOSE: To report idiopathic unilateral giant retinal tears with retinal detachment in identical twins that occurred 2 weeks apart. METHODS: Case reports. RESULTS: In both patients, giant retinal tear and retinal detachment was treated with pars plana vitrectomy, placement of encircling scleral buckle, fluid-perfluorocarbon exchange, endolaser treatment, perfluorocarbonair exchange, and 16% perfluoropropane injection. One year after retinal detachment surgery, cataract developed in both postoperative eyes. Phacoemulsification with posterior chamber intraocular lens implantation was performed on both eyes. Three and a half years after retinal surgery, corrected visual acuity in both treated eyes was 20/20, and retinal reattachment was successful. CONCLUSIONS: To our knowledge, this is the first report of idiopathic giant retinal tears in identical twins and raises the issue of genetic influences in the pathogenesis of this disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)96-99
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of ophthalmology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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