Acute Posterior Vitreous Detachment

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File number: 2043


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    retinal tear, acute posterior vitreous detachment, depigmented thrombus, tractional retinal detachment, lattice degeneration
    This large and complicated retinal tear in a 51-year-old man resulted from an acute posterior vitreous detachment which concentrated its tractional forces around this area of lattice degeneration. Because of the powerful traction, there is an additional central tear splitting the large retinal flap and almost severing one of its arms. The traction was strong enough to completely rupture the blood vessel just to the left of the flap. Marking the ruptured peripheral end of the blood vessel is a yellow depigmented thrombus.

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