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Am J Ophthalmol. 1999 Jan;127(1):96-9.

Idiopathic giant retinal tears in identical twins.

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Department of Ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine, Florida 33136, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To report idiopathic unilateral giant retinal tears with retinal detachment in identical twins that occurred 2 weeks apart.

METHODS:

Case reports.

RESULTS:

In both patients, giant retinal tear and retinal detachment was treated with pars plana vitrectomy, placement of encircling scleral buckle, fluid-perfluorocarbon exchange, endolaser treatment, perfluorocarbon-air exchange, and 16% perfluoropropane injection. One year after retinal detachment surgery, cataract developed in both postoperative eyes. Phacoemulsification with posterior chamber intraocular lens implantation was performed on both eyes. Three and a half years after retinal surgery, corrected visual acuity in both treated eyes was 20/20, and retinal reattachment was successful.

CONCLUSIONS:

To our knowledge, this is the first report of idiopathic giant retinal tears in identical twins and raises the issue of genetic influences in the pathogenesis of this disease.

PMID:
9933012
DOI:
10.1016/s0002-9394(98)00299-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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