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Subfoveal perfluorocarbon liquid droplet can be removed without puncturing the retina

 Department of Ophthalmology, Hayashi Eye Hospital, Fukuoka, Japan

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Tatsuhiko Sato,
Hayashi Eye Hospital, 4-23-35 Hakataekimae Hakata-ku, Fukuoka 812-0011
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/tjo.tjo_22_22

Subfoveal perfluorocarbon liquid (PFL) is a vision-threatening complication that requires removal as safely as possible. We experienced a surgical case of proliferative vitreoretinopathy, in which a subfoveal PFL droplet was removed through the fovea, without puncturing the retina. In this case, although the retina was completely attached after primary vitrectomy and cataract removal, a subfoveal PFL droplet was found. At the second surgery, after peeling the internal limiting membrane, the droplet was passively aspirated by placing a 25-gauge blunt needle on the surface of the retina. This useful technique avoids puncturing the retina and does not require the patient to maintain a specific position postoperatively.

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