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Removal of retained subretinal perfluorocarbon liquid
  1. J García-Arumí,
  2. P Castillo,
  3. M López,
  4. A Boixadera,
  5. V Martínez-Castillo,
  6. L Pimentel
  1. Instituto de Microcirugía Ocular, Barcelona, Spain
  1. Dr J García Arumí, Instituto de Microcirugía Ocular, C/Munner n° 10, 08022, Barcelona, Spain; 17215jga{at}


Aim: To report a case series in which a modified technique was used to remove retained subretinal perfluorocarbon liquid.

Method: In three patients with retained subretinal perfluorocarbon liquid, a three-port pars plana vitrectomy approach was used to perform a small self-sealing retinotomy adjacent to the perfluorocarbon liquid bubble. The tip of a 50-G glass micropipette connected to an active suction system was inserted in the bubble, and the liquid was aspirated.

Results: Successful removal of subretinal perfluorocarbon liquid was achieved in all cases with no complications. Visual acuity improved in all patients.

Conclusion: With the technique presented, retained subretinal perfluorocarbon liquid can be successfully removed with minimal trauma to adjacent tissues.

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  • Competing interests: None.

  • Ethics approval: Ethics approval was provided by Instituto de Microcirugía Ocular, Barcelona, Spain.

  • Patient consent: Obtained.