Microincisional vitrectomy for retinal detachment in I-125 brachytherapy-treated patients with posterior uveal malignant melanoma

Marcela Lonngi, Samuel K. Houston, Timothy G. Murray, Robert A. Sisk, Christina L. Decatur, Milena Cavalcante, Arnold M. Markoe

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Purpose: To analyze functional and anatomical outcomes following 23/25+ gauge microincisional pars plana vitrectomy surgery (MIVS) in patients with radiation-related retinal detachment after successful 125-iodine (I-125) brachytherapy treatment for malignant uveal melanoma. Patients and methods: Retrospective case series of 102 consecutive eyes of 102 patients with history of uveal melanoma treated with I-125 brachytherapy that underwent MIVS at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. All cases were evaluated for surgical complications and local tumor control. Extended follow-up included Snellen's best-corrected visual acuity, intraocular pressure evaluation, quantitative echography, indirect ophthalmoscopy, and fundus imaging with optical coherence tomography/wide-field photography. Results: All patients had radiation-related complications, including retinal detachment (102 eyes), vasculopathy (91 eyes), optic neuropathy (32 eyes), and/or vitreous hemorrhage (8 eyes). Sixty-seven patients had vitreoretinal traction. Average follow-up after MIVS was 19.5 months, and from plaque removal was 57.7 months. Interval from plaque to MIVS was 38.1 months. Initial visual acuity was 20/258, which improved to 20/101 at 1 month, 20/110 at 3 months, 20/116 at 6 months, and 20/113 at 12 months (P<0.05). No eyes required enucleation. Melanoma-related mortality was 0.9% (1/102). There was no intraor extraocular tumor dissemination, and no tumor recurrence. Conclusion: MIVS was effective in improving visual function and anatomy in patients with radiation-related retinal detachment. Tumors decreased in size and there was no evidence of recurrence or tumor dissemination. This combined procedure addresses the modifiable causes of visual loss in patients with previously treated malignant uveal melanoma and has the potential to enhance their visual function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)427-435
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Ophthalmology
StatePublished - Feb 26 2013


  • Melanoma
  • Radiation-related complications
  • Retinal detachment
  • Vitrectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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