Cystic Retinal Tuft


File number: 1995


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    posterior vitreous detachment, retinal tear, cystic retinal tuft, horseshoe tear
    This is the same lesion as in the previous slide pair but the photograph was taken nine years later when the patient was 58-years-old soon after an acute posterior vitreous detachment. This demonstrates that posterior vitreous detachment can produce large retinal tears at these sites. However, it is important to emphasize that prophylactic treatment of cystic retinal tufts in the absence of a retinal tear would be very ill-advised because several hundred innocence and harmless lesions would have to be treated in order to prevent one tear of the retina.

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