Sudden Posterior Vitreous Detachment


File number: 1992


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    • By Norman Byer
      From Dr. Norman E. Byer’s “The Peripheral Retina in Profile”
    • Uploaded on Nov 9, 2012.
    • Last modified by Chayal Patel on Nov 14, 2012.
    • Reviewed by Chayal Patel
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    tractional retinal tear, posterior vitreous detachment, cystic retinal tuft
    This is the same eye that was described in slide pairs 15 and 16 and shows a large tractional symptomatic retinal tear at 12 o’clock. It was caused by a posterior vitreous detachment which placed sudden traction on a cystic retinal tuft. The whitish tuft is barely visible on the flap because it is not in focus. This tear was treated successfully with cryotherapy. The next slide pair is a postoperative view of the same lesion.

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