Moderator: Khaled El-Rakhawy

Sunday, June 19, 2005

An unusual large tractional macular break

Author: S. Ben Yahia, S. Jenzeri, B. Jelliti, S. Aouafi, M. Oueld El Hassen,
R. Messaoud, A. Ladjimi, M. Khairallah

Abstract :


To describe an unusual case of a large tractional macular break.


Case report.


A 38-year-old healthy man presented with a sudden decrease of vision in his left eye. He
had no history of ocular trauma. Visual acuity was 20/20 in the right eye and counting
fingers in the left eye. Anterior segment examination results were unremarkable in both
eyes. Fundus examination showed no abnormality in the right eye and a 2-disc-diameter
tractional macular break without associated retinal detachement in the left eye.


This case illustrates an unusual location and size of a tractional retinal break. Its cause
and management remain unclear.

Take-home message:

A sight-threatening large macular break may develop in the absence of ocular trauma.

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