Complications of draining subretinal fluid

Retina. Winter-Spring 1984;4(1):1-4. doi: 10.1097/00006982-198400410-00001.


Drainage of subretinal fluid was performed in 84% of a consecutive series of 662 primary scleral buckling procedures, and complications of this maneuver were observed in 5.6% of cases. The ultimate anatomic success rate in this series was 94.2%. Although 97% of failures were due to massive proliferative vitreoretinopathy, the process developed in no eyes in which complications of drainage were observed. Drainage of subretinal fluid is a potentially hazardous maneuver, but complications of this procedure are an uncommon cause of anatomic failure in retinal reattachment surgery.

MeSH terms

  • Body Fluids*
  • Drainage / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Retinal Hemorrhage / etiology*
  • Scleral Buckling / adverse effects*