Surgical management of silicone oil migrated into suprachoroidal space after vitrectomy

Eye Hospital of Wenzhou Medical College, Wenzhou 325027, Zhejiang Province, China.
International journal of ophthalmology 08/2011; 4(4):458-60. DOI: 10.3980/j.issn.2222-3959.2011.04.28
Source: PubMed


To report a successful surgical management of silicone oil migrated into suprachoroidal space after the repair of the retinal detachment with hemorrhagic choroidal detachment.
Retrospective observational case report. A 30-year-old man with retinal detachment and hemorrhagic choroidal detachment due to severe corneal penetrating injury, underwent a pars plana lensectomy and vitrectomy, endolaser, and silicone oil tamponade followed by transscleral suprachoroidal hemorrhage drainage in the right eye. One week later, a localised temporal choroid elevation was noted. This persistent elevation was confirmed by operation research to be silicone oil migration into suprachoroidal space.
The migrated silicone oil was drained via trans-scleral cut down, and the intravitreal silicone oil was removed and replaced by 16% C2F6. Over the next 2 weeks, the elevation vanished and the choroid became completely flat.
The migration of silicone oil into suprachoroidal space is a rare complication of vitrectomy. The pathway of the migration is most likely through internal orifice of sclerotomy sites. Trans-scleral drainage surgery is an effective method to remove the migrated silicone oil from suprachoroidal space.

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