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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 93-97

Management of giant retinal tear detachments

1 Department of Ophthalmology, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA
2 School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman, Pennsylvania, USA
3 Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Correspondence Address:
Maria H Berrocal
Department of Ophthalmology, University of Puerto Rico, 140 De Diego Ave., Suite 404, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00909
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2008-322X.200158

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Giant retinal tears (GRTs) are full-thickness circumferential tears of more than 90 degrees of the retina that are associated with vitreous detachment. They are related to ocular trauma, high myopia, aphakia, pseudophakia, genetic mutations involving collagen and young age. GRTs comprise 1.5% of all rhegmatogenous retinal detachments and the average age of incidence is 42 years. GRTs are more common in males, as 72% of all cases occur in males. The incidence of GRTs in the general population is estimated to be 0.05 per 100,000 individuals. Common techniques used in the management of GRTs include fluid-air exchange, pneumatic retinopexy, scleral buckling, primary vitrectomy with gas or silicone oil tamponade, and combined scleral buckle-vitrectomies. However, management of GRTs poses a great challenge to physicians due to the high risk of intra- and post-operative complications and the many technical difficulties involved. The advent of perfluorocarbon liquids (PFCL) and the use of micro-incisional surgery for the treatment of GRTs has provided new opportunities for the management of GTRs. Today, retinal reattachment can be achieved in 94-100% of cases.

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