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      Idiopathic Macular Hole without Vitreomacular Separation


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          Purpose: This study aimed to investigate the clinical features and treatment outcomes of idiopathic full-thickness macular hole (FTMH) without vitreomacular separation (VMS). Methods: Consecutive cases of idiopathic FTMH at one tertiary center from January 2013 to April 2020 were retrospectively recruited. They were separated into two groups according to the findings in optical coherence tomography (OCT): FTMH with VMS and FTMH without VMS. Ophthalmic examinations and OCT were performed pre- and postoperatively. The clinical findings were compared between the two groups. Results: Of the total 124 cases, 15 (12.1%) were noted as FTMH without VMS with the presence of an attached posterior hyaloid (PH) at macula. The macular hole (MH) size was smaller (276.06 ± 170.10 μm) compared to those with VMS (492.83 ± 209.31 μm) ( p < 0.001). The incidence of lamellar hole-associated epiretinal proliferation (LHEP) was much higher in this group (13/15, 86.7%) compared to FTMH with VMS (11/109, 10.1%) ( p < 0.001). A higher rate of spontaneous closure of MH (13.3%) was also noted in FMTH without VMS (13.3% vs. 0.9% in FTMH with VMS, p = 0.040). After operation, the MH closure rate was 93.3%. The postoperative best-corrected visual acuity was not significantly different between the two groups ( p = 0.098). Conclusions: A small percentage (12.1% in this series) of idiopathic FTMH had no VMS. The completely attached PH along with the high incidence of LHEP implied a tangential traction in FTMH without VMS. The MH size was usually small, and the postoperative outcomes were similar to those of conventional FTMH with VMS.

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          The International Vitreomacular Traction Study Group classification of vitreomacular adhesion, traction, and macular hole.

          The International Vitreomacular Traction Study (IVTS) Group was convened to develop an optical coherence tomography (OCT)-based anatomic classification system for diseases of the vitreomacular interface (VMI).
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            To update the biomicroscopic classification and anatomic interpretations of the stages of development of age-related macular hole and provide explanations for the remarkable recovery of visual acuity that occurs in some patients after vitreous surgery. Recent biomicroscopic observations of various stages of macular holes are used to postulate new anatomic explanations for these stages. Biomicroscopic observations include the following: (1) the change from a yellow spot (stage 1-A) to a yellow ring (stage 1-B) during the early stages of foveal detachment is unique to patients at risk of macular hole; (2) the prehole opacity with a small stage 2 hole may be larger than the hole diameter; and (3) the opacity resembling an operculum that accompanies macular holes is indistinguishable from a pseudo-operculum found in otherwise normal fellow eyes. The change from a yellow spot (stage 1-A) to a yellow ring (stage 1-B) is caused primarily by centrifugal displacement of retinal receptors after a dehiscence at the umbo. The hole may be hidden by semiopaque contracted prefoveolar vitreous cortex bridging the yellow ring (stage 1-B occult hole). Stage 1-B occult holes become manifest (stage 2 holes) either after early separation of the contracted prefoveolar vitreous cortex from the retina surrounding a small hole or as an eccentric can-opener-like tear in the contracted prefoveolar vitreous cortex, at the edge of larger stage 2 holes. Most prehole opacities probably contain no retinal receptors (pseudo-opercula). Surgical reattachment of the retina surrounding the hole and centripetal movement of the foveolar retina induced by gliosis may restore foveal anatomy and function to near normal.
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              Macular hole formation: new data provided by optical coherence tomography.

              To establish the sequence of events leading from vitreofoveal traction to full-thickness macular hole formation. Both eyes of 76 patients with a full-thickness macular hole in at least 1 eye were examined by biomicroscopy and optical coherence tomography. Sixty-one fellow eyes had a normal macula. Optical coherence tomograms showed central detachment of the posterior hyaloid over the posterior pole in 19 cases (31%) and a perifoveal hyaloid detachment not detected on biomicroscopy in 26 cases (42%). In the 4 impending macular holes, optical coherence tomography disclosed various degrees of intrafoveal split or cyst, with adherence of the posterior hyaloid to the foveal center and convex perifoveal detachment. In the 14 stage 2 holes, eccentric opening of the roof of the hole was observed, and in the 24 stage 3 holes, the posterior hyaloid was detached from the entire posterior pole. In fellow eyes of eyes with macular holes posterior hyaloid detachment begins around the macula, but the hyaloid remains adherent to the foveolar center, indicating the action of anteroposterior forces. This results in an intraretinal split evolving into a cystic space, and then to the disruption of the outer retinal layer and the opening of the foveal floor, thus constituting a full-thickness macular hole.

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                S. Karger AG
                May 2022
                05 January 2022
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                [_a] aDepartment of Ophthalmology, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan
                [_b] bDepartment of Ophthalmology, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
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                521731 Ophthalmologica 2022;245:187–193
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                : 23 December 2021
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                Figures: 2, Tables: 2, Pages: 7
                Research Article

                Vision sciences,Ophthalmology & Optometry,Pathology
                Posterior hyaloid,Lamellar hole-associated epiretinal proliferation,Vitreomacular traction,Epiretinal membrane,Macular hole


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