Juvenile rhegmatogenous retinal detachment

Indian J Ophthalmol. 2004 Dec;52(4):297-302.


Purpose: To review the clinical features, evaluate visual, and anatomical outcomes and potential complications following surgery for rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD) in juveniles.

Methods: Retrospective, consecutive case series of children and young adults (birth through 18 years) who underwent surgerys for RRD between February 1999 and January 2002.

Results: The authors reviewed a consecutive series of 111 eyes of 105 juveniles [86 (77.47%) eyes belonged to male and 25 (22.52%) to female subjects] operated for RRD. The mean age of patients was 13.62 years. Bilateral retinal detachment was present in 12 (10.8%); 51 (46%) patients had some form of bilateral ocular pathology at initial presentation. The two most common aetiologies were non-penetrating trauma (45.04%) and myopia (41.44%). Decreased vision was the most frequent symptom. The mean duration of symptoms was 165.36 days. The commonest retinal break was a retinal hole (34.23%). Late diagnosis was common, evidenced by high frequency of macular detachment (97.29%) and proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) (45.94%) at initial presentation. The most commonly performed primary surgery was scleral buckle (61.26%). The average postoperative follow-up after the first procedure was 10 months (range 8-19 months). Final retinal reattachment was accomplished in 78.37% (87/111) with a mean of 1.29 surgeries per eye. Improvement, no change and decline in vision was seen in 50 (48%), 32 (31%) and 22 (21%) eyes respectively.

Conclusion: Non-penetrating injury and myopia were the most common cause for RRD in juveniles. Fellow eyes commonly had vision-threatening abnormalities. Final anatomical and visual recovery rates were encouraging despite late initial presentation and high rates of macular detachment, and PVR at initial presentation.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Eye Injuries / complications
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Myopia / complications
  • Retinal Detachment* / diagnosis
  • Retinal Detachment* / etiology
  • Retinal Detachment* / physiopathology
  • Retinal Detachment* / surgery
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Scleral Buckling
  • Vision Disorders / etiology
  • Vision Disorders / physiopathology
  • Visual Acuity
  • Vitrectomy
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / complications