Choroidal neovascularization secondary to vitrectomy for idiopathic epiretinal membrane: report of an unusual case

Eur J Ophthalmol. 2003 Mar;13(2):218-20. doi: 10.1177/112067210301300218.


Purpose: Epiretinal membranes (ERM) are a common finding in old patients. Pars plana vitrectomy is effective for removing ERM from the macula, but some postoperative complications are relatively frequent. In the present report, we describe a 73-year-old man in whom extrafoveal choroidal neovascularization developed four months after surgery.

Methods: Choroidal neovascularization was treated by argon laser photocoagulation.

Results: Six months after treatment, the choroidal neovascularization was obliterated, with no recurrence of ERM.

Conclusions: Choroidal neovascularization can be an unusual complication of ERM surgery, and should be suspected in case of poor visual outcome or recurrence of symptoms.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Choroidal Neovascularization / etiology*
  • Choroidal Neovascularization / surgery
  • Epiretinal Membrane / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Laser Coagulation
  • Male
  • Tomography
  • Visual Acuity
  • Vitrectomy / adverse effects*