Abortive neovascular outgrowths discovered during vitrectomy for diabetic vitreous haemorrhage

Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 1989;227(3):237-40. doi: 10.1007/BF02172755.


Abortive neovascular outgrowths from the retina were identified in 13 out of 34 eyes (38%) undergoing vitrectomy for diabetic vitreous haemorrhage. Postoperatively, fluorescein angiography of the lesions demonstrated a characteristic "smoke-stack" pattern of dye leakage. Each outgrowth appears to represent a focal variant of preretinal neovascularisation complicating retinal capillary non-perfusion and inner retinal ischaemia, their distinctive features being determined primarily by the absence of a cortical vitreous scaffold on the retinal surface at the time of vasoproliferation.

MeSH terms

  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / complications*
  • Fluorescein Angiography
  • Humans
  • Neovascularization, Pathologic / pathology*
  • Retina / blood supply*
  • Retina / pathology
  • Vitrectomy*
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage / complications*