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Late reopening of successfully treated macular holes
  1. Michel Paquesa,
  2. Pascale Massina,
  3. Pierre-Yves Santiagoa,
  4. Alain C Spielmanna,
  5. Jean-François Le Gargassonb,
  6. Alain Gaudrica
  1. aDepartment of Ophthalmology, Hôpital Lariboisière, Université Paris VII, Paris, France, bDepartment of Biophysics, Hôpital Lariboisière, Université Paris VII, Paris, France
  1. Alain Gaudric, MD, Department of Ophthalmology, Hôpital Lariboisière, 2 rue Ambroise Paré, 75010 Paris, France.


BACKGROUND Most idiopathic macular holes can be closed by a surgical procedure combining vitrectomy, posterior hyaloid ablation, and fluid-gas exchange followed by postoperative positioning. Reopening of closed macular holes has been reported, but its frequency is not known. Here the incidence of reopening after successful macular hole surgery is reported.

METHODS 77 consecutive cases of idiopathic macular holes operated with autologous platelet injection between July 1993 and October 1995 were reviewed. The procedure consisted of three port vitrectomy, posterior hyaloid removal, non-expansile fluid-gas exchange, and autologous platelet injection followed by face down positioning. The incidence of reopening was analysed in the cohort of the 72 anatomical successes.

RESULTS Mean follow up was 12.3 months. The macular hole reopened in five eyes of five patients (five out of 72 patients, 6.9%), in four cases after cataract extraction. In four cases too, an epiretinal membrane was noted, either clinically or during reoperation, and fluorescein leakage in the macular area was present in two cases. Three of the five cases of reopening were reoperated and all three were anatomical successes.

CONCLUSION Late macular hole reopening occurred in five out of 72 patient, and in four cases after cataract surgery. The presence of an epiretinal membrane around the hole in four of them suggested that tractional forces were responsible for the reopening. Reoperation, performed in three cases, again closed the macular holes.

  • idiopathic macular hole
  • cataract surgery
  • autologous platelets

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