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Fluorescein Angiography Findings in Eyes With Lamellar Macular Hole and Epiretinal Membrane Foveoschisis

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper was to study fluorescein angiography (FA) findings in eyes with lamellar macular hole (LMH), and epiretinal membrane (ERM) foveoschisis. Methods: In this prospective, observational case series, 46 eyes of patients affected by either LMH or ERM foveoschisis were examined using optical coherence tomography (OCT) and FA. All patients underwent a comprehensive ophthalmological examination and a general workup to exclude uveitis. Main outcome measures were: presence of FA abnormalities, measurements of the areas of vascular leakage, and intensity of pixels in the vitreous. Results: Twenty-four (52.2%) eyes with LMH and 22 (47.8%) with ERM foveoschisis were studied. Overall, FA abnormalities were found in 20 (83.3%) eyes with LMH and 18 (81.8%) with ERM foveoschisis. The median areas of posterior pole and peripheral leakage were 7.52 vs. 1.07 mm2 (P = 0.03) and 21.8 vs. 3.74 mm2 (P = 0.02) in the LMH and ERM foveoschisis group, respectively. Disk hyperfluorescence was found in 8 and 4 eyes and perivascular leak in 10 and 4 eyes with LMH and ERM foveoschisis, respectively. OCT-derived measurements of vitreous intensity did not differ between the two groups, and the investigational workup for uveitis was negative in all patients. Conclusions: Discrete areas of central and peripheral leakage are commonly found in eyes with LMH and ERM foveoschisis, whereas perivascular leak and hyperfluorescence of the disc are less frequently observed. These findings suggest that breakdown of the retinal blood barrier, involving the posterior pole and the periphery, is frequently associated with these two vitreoretinal disorders.

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Author(s): dell'Omo R, Filippelli M, De Turris S, Cimino L, Steel DH, Pavesio CE, Govetto A, Chehaibou I, Parmeggiani F, Romano MR, Ziccardi L, Pirozzi E, Costagliola C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science

Year: 2021

Volume: 62

Issue: 1

Online publication date: 29/01/2021

Acceptance date: 11/01/2021

Date deposited: 01/04/2021

ISSN (electronic): 1552-5783

Publisher: Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology


DOI: 10.1167/iovs.62.1.34

PubMed id: 33512403


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