Photocoagulation for serous detachment of the macula secondary to retinal astrocytoma

Retina. 1991;11(4):416-22. doi: 10.1097/00006982-199111040-00009.


Retinal astrocytomas are rare, usually asymptomatic, hamartomatous retinal tumors that are most commonly seen in patients with tuberous sclerosis. Serous detachment of the macula is a rare complication of retinal astrocytomas. The first successful treatment with laser photocoagulation of two eyes (two patients) with decreased vision due to a serous detachment of the macula from a retinal astrocytoma is described. Laser photocoagulation should be considered for retinal astrocytomas causing persistent or increasing exudation that is threatening the macula or causing visual loss.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Astrocytoma / complications
  • Astrocytoma / surgery*
  • Eye Neoplasms / complications
  • Eye Neoplasms / surgery
  • Fluorescein Angiography
  • Fundus Oculi
  • Humans
  • Light Coagulation*
  • Macula Lutea / surgery*
  • Male
  • Retinal Detachment / etiology
  • Retinal Detachment / surgery*
  • Retinal Diseases / complications
  • Retinal Diseases / surgery*
  • Visual Acuity