Malgorzata Pietras-Trzpiel, Robert Rejdak, T. Chorgiewicz, M. Latalska (Lublin, Poland)


Suprachoroidal hemorrhage (SCH) is a rare complication occurring during surgery (early SCH) or 3-5 days after operation as a delayed suprachoroidal hemorrhage. It occurs more often in patients who have complicated cataract surgery with vitreous loss or lens dislocation. The purpose of this study was to present surgical treatment of 7 patients with suprachoroidal hemorrhage due to cataract surgery.

Material and methods:

Mean age of patients was 72,4 years old. There were 3 female and 4 male. Six patients were operated using phacoemulsification, one patient- using ECCE. In 3 cases the vitreous loss and lens dislocation occurred during operation.


Suprachoroidal drainage was performed in 4 patients. In 3 patients suprachoroidal drainage was followed by vitrectomy. In this group in 2 patients injection of silicone oil was done. Anterior infusion line was used in all cases. Drainage sclerotomies were created in the quadrants of the involved SCH, confirmed by ultrasonography. In all treated patients reattachment of the choroid was obtained. The visual acuity improved significantly (final v. a. was between 0. 02 and 0. 5).

Take home message:

According to our observation, the implementation of the suprachoroidal drainage combined with vitrectomy might improve the prognosis and facilitate the achievement of functional vision.