[Delayed resorption of subretinal fluid after pneumatic retinopexy]

Fortschr Ophthalmol. 1991;88(4):354-7.
[Article in German]


Delayed resorption of pooled subretinal fluid has been reported to cause impaired visual acuity due to involvement of the macula in up to 10% of all case. In our series of 60 eyes treated consecutively with pneumatic retinopexy for retinal detachment, 9 eyes experienced delayed absorption of subretinal fluid. Only 6 eyes showed the phenomenon of pooled, localized subretinal fluid without peripheral extension to the ora serrata. The time for complete absorption of these circumscribed subretinal bullae ranged from 8 to 52 weeks (mean 22.7 weeks). Impaired visual acuity could not be detected in any of these cases. This may be due to the location of these bullae, which never involved the macula. Therefore, we do not consider the occurrence of this phenomenon to be a reason not to carry out pneumatic retinopexy.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cryosurgery / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications / physiopathology*
  • Retina / physiopathology
  • Retinal Detachment / physiopathology
  • Retinal Detachment / surgery*
  • Retinal Hemorrhage / physiopathology
  • Retinal Hemorrhage / surgery*
  • Retinal Neovascularization / physiopathology
  • Retinal Neovascularization / surgery*
  • Visual Acuity / physiology*