Macular ring in a patient with Terson's syndrome

Acta Ophthalmol Scand. 1999 Oct;77(5):599-600. doi: 10.1034/j.1600-0420.1999.770526.x.


Purpose: To report on a pigmented finding in the macula that is unique to Terson's syndrome, and was previously described only once.

Method: A 49-year-old man underwent vitrectomy for vitreous hemorrhage due to Terson's syndrome. During surgery the retina was exposed, and a pigmentation was noticed around the macula. Follow-up of the macular finding is presented.

Results: At surgery a pigmented "ring" encircling the macula was revealed. Two and six months later, the pigmented line was still noticed, and an epiretinal membrane appeared in the temporal macula.

Conclusion: Terson's syndrome may be associated with a pigmented "ring" encircling the macula, a finding that may be a result of a detachment of the internal limiting membrane (ILM). The epiretinal membrane that was later noticed, might also be related to the damage to the ILM.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cerebral Hemorrhage / complications*
  • Epiretinal Membrane / etiology
  • Epiretinal Membrane / pathology
  • Eye Diseases / complications*
  • Eye Diseases / pathology*
  • Eye Diseases / surgery
  • Fundus Oculi
  • Hemorrhage / complications*
  • Hemorrhage / pathology*
  • Hemorrhage / surgery
  • Humans
  • Macula Lutea / pathology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Syndrome