A developmental mechanism of spontaneous reattachment in rhegmatogenous retinal detachment

Korean J Ophthalmol. 2012 Apr;26(2):135-8. doi: 10.3341/kjo.2012.26.2.135. Epub 2012 Mar 22.


This retrospective observational case series on eyes from three patients was done to elucidate the developmental mechanism of spontaneous reattachment of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (SRRRD). The study eyes of each patients showed evidence of retinal break and diffuse retinal pigmentary change. Ultrasound biomicroscopic examination revealed vitreous fibers attached to the area around the retinal break. Posterior vitreous attachment was confirmed in each eye. A thin fibrovascular membrane incompletely sealing the retinal break was noted in one case. We suggest that the vitreous attachment around the retinal break and the sealing of the break with adjacent vitreous fibers seem to be involved in the developmental mechanism of SRRRD.

Keywords: Reattachment; Rhegmatogenous retinal detachment; Vitreous detachment.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Atrophy
  • Disease Progression
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Remission, Spontaneous
  • Retina / abnormalities*
  • Retina / pathology
  • Retina / physiopathology*
  • Retinal Detachment / etiology*
  • Retinal Detachment / pathology
  • Retinal Detachment / physiopathology*
  • Retinal Pigment Epithelium / abnormalities
  • Retinal Pigment Epithelium / pathology
  • Retinal Pigment Epithelium / physiopathology
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Vitreous Body / abnormalities
  • Vitreous Body / pathology
  • Vitreous Body / physiopathology
  • Young Adult