Reattachment of Descemet's membrane using C3F8 gas in an eye with a Baerveldt aqueous shunt

Klin Monbl Augenheilkd. 2013 Apr;230(4):363-4. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1328333. Epub 2013 Apr 29.


Descemetʼs membrane detachment (DMD) is a rare complication following cataract and glaucoma surgery as well as lamellar graft procedures. DMD can lead to blurry vision, halos and severe visual loss. Clinically, when there is a large central detachment, a double anterior chamber is seen to form. In this scenario, surgical repair may be needed. Repair of localised DMD may be achieved by injection of gases such as perfluoropropane (C3F8) and sulfurhexafluoride (SF6) or sterile air. The effect of a functioning Baerveldt tube in situ during these injections has not been reported. We report a case of DMD repair in an eye with a Baerveldt aqueous shunt.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Corneal Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Corneal Diseases / etiology*
  • Descemet Membrane / drug effects*
  • Fluorocarbons / therapeutic use*
  • Glaucoma / complications
  • Glaucoma / surgery*
  • Glaucoma Drainage Implants / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Ocular Hypertension / complications
  • Ocular Hypertension / surgery*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Fluorocarbons
  • perflutren