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Taiwan J Ophthalmol. 2018 Oct-Dec;8(4):249-252. doi: 10.4103/tjo.tjo_100_18.

Short-term postoperative perfluoro-n-octane tamponade for pediatric recurrent retinal detachment.

Ling KP1,2, Wu AL1,3, Lai CC1,3, Wu WC1,3.

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Department of Ophthalmology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taoyuan, Taiwan.
Department of Ophthalmology, Sultanah Aminah Hospital, Johor, Malaysia.
Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan.


We report a case with multiple recurrences of retinal detachment (RD) with severe proliferative vitreoretinopathy in a 12-year-old child who underwent vitrectomy using a heavy liquid perfluoro-n-octane (PFO) as a short-term postoperative tamponade. He had an encircling band and three vitrectomies with gas, followed by silicone oil tamponade for retinal redetachment prior to the use of PFO as a short-term tamponade. Short-term PFO tamponade was used in which inferior retinal reattachment was considered to be difficult with conventional gas or silicone oil tamponade, especially in regard to proper postoperative posturing. The PFO was left in the eye for 1 week, and the retina remained reattached after removal of the PFO which was replaced with silicone oil tamponade in this case. PFO appears feasible and tolerable as a short-term postoperative tamponade in the management of complex pediatric RD.


Heavy liquid; pediatric retinal detachment; short-term perfluoro-n-octane

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The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest in this paper.

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