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Eye (Lond). 2004 Oct;18(10):996-1000.

Surgical treatment and outcome of patients with giant retinal tears.

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Department of Vitreo-retinal Surgery, Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre, City Hospital, NHS Trust, Dudley Road, Birmingham B18 7QU, UK.



To report the management and outcome in retinal detachments associated with giant retinal tears (GRTs).


Retrospective, case note analysis of patients treated between November 1991 and June 2002 at a tertiary referral hospital.


The case notes of 29 patients (24 males, 5 females) with a follow-up ranging from five months to 7 years were reviewed. In all, 25 eyes had retinal detachments with macular involvement and 10 patients had myopia more than 6 D. All patients underwent vitrectomy. A total of 23 patients had heavy liquid and 16 had scleral explants; 28 patients had silicone oil and one had C3F8 tamponade. Intraoperative complications included lens trauma and iatrogenic GRT. Six eyes had recurrent retinal detachment and needed multiple surgical procedures. At the last follow-up, 25 patients had anatomically attached retinas. In all, 18 fellow eyes were treated prophylactically. Three patients had total retinal detachment and marked PVR. The visual acuity improved in 20 eyes.


GRTs are more common in patients with high myopia. With newer techniques of surgical treatment of GRTs, the anatomical and visual outcomes are more favourable.

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