Pans Plans Vitrectomy for Vitreous Amyloidosis

Bernard H. Doft, Robert Machemer, Martha Skinner, Helmut Buettner, John Clarkson, Jerry Crock, David McLeod, Ron Michels, John Scott, Donald Wilson

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Thirty-six pars plana vitrectomies were performed on 30 eyes of 17 patients with biopsy-proven vitreous amyloidosis. Reopacification of the retrolental vitreous was the most common reason for vitrectomy revision, required in 24% of patients. Complications of amyloid or vitrectomy included retinal detachment requiring scleral buckling in 17% of eyes and glaucoma requiring filtering surgery in 17% of eyes. After a mean 35-month post-vitrectomy follow-up, 48% of eyes had visual acuities of 20/40 or better, and 32% of eyes had visual acuities between 20/50 and 20/100. Twenty percent of eyes had visual acuities of 20/200 or worse due either to persistent retinal detachment, open angle glaucoma, or residual opacification of the vitreous.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)607-611
Number of pages5
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1987


  • Congo red
  • amyloid
  • floaters
  • glaucoma
  • pars plana vitrectomy
  • retinal detachment
  • scleral buckle
  • vitrectomy
  • vitreous

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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