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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 159-161  

Macular hole secondary to polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy

Department of Vitreo Retinal Services, Aravind Eye Hospital and Postgraduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Puducherry, India

Date of Web Publication9-Nov-2017

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Prabu Baskaran
Aravind Eye Hospital and Postgraduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Thavalakuppam, Cuddalore Main Road, Puducherry - 605 007
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DOI: 10.4103/meajo.MEAJO_30_16

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We report a case of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) presented with massive submacular hemorrhage (SMH) and macular hole (MH). Spectral domain optical coherence tomography confirmed the presence of MH along with SMH and also revealed an extrafoveal-notched pigment epithelium detachment (PED) suggestive of PCV. Urgent pneumatic displacement with perfluoropropane (C3F8) was done. Indocyanine green angiography done 3 weeks later showed polyps in the superonasal macula corresponding to PED. Extrafoveal polyps were treated with laser photocoagulation. Inverted flap MH surgery was planned but the patient was lost to follow-up.

Keywords: Indocyanine green angiography, macular hole, optical coherence tomography, polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy, submacular hemorrhage

How to cite this article:
Baskaran P, Pan U. Macular hole secondary to polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy. Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol 2017;24:159-61

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Baskaran P, Pan U. Macular hole secondary to polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy. Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2017 [cited 2021 Oct 22];24:159-61. Available from: http://www.meajo.org/text.asp?2017/24/3/159/217891

   Introduction Top

Polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) commonly presents as multiple recurrent serosanguinous detachment of the neurosensory retina and pigment epithelium detachment (PED).[1] Spontaneous massive submacular hemorrhage (SMH) from rupture of thin-walled choroidal vessels is not an infrequent presentation of PCV requiring prompt pneumatic displacement. We report a rare case of macular hole (MH) secondary to PCV-related SMH.

   Case Report Top

A 60-year-old female presented with sudden loss of vision in oculus dexter (OD) for 4 days. Her best-corrected visual acuity was 20/200 OD and 20/20 in oculus sinister (OS). Intraocular pressure was within normal limits in oculus uterque (OU). Anterior segment OU was unremarkable. Fundus OD revealed massive SMH with an overlying MH. Fundus OS was normal. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (Cirrus HD-OCT, Carl Zeiss Meditec, Dublin, CA, USA) OD showed SMH and FTMH at fovea and a notched PED with subretinal fluid (SRF) at superonasal macula suggestive of PCV [Figure 1]. A provisional diagnosis of PCV with SMH and FTMH was made, and an emergency pneumatic displacement with intravitreal perfluoropropane gas (C3F8 0.3 ml, 100%) was performed. At 3-week follow-up, SMH was completely resolved and a reddish orange polyp-like lesion was noted clinically in the superonasal macula along with MH. Indocyanine green angiography (TRC-50EX mydriatic camera, Topcon Medical Systems, Tokyo, Japan) confirmed the presence of extrafoveal polyps with branching vascular network (BVN) [Figure 2]. Focal laser photocoagulation was applied to polyps. Inverted flap MH surgery was planned but the patient was lost to follow-up.
Figure 1: (a) Fundus photograph showing macular hole (arrow) after pneumatic displacement (b) spectral domain optical coherence tomography at foveal region shows hyperreflectivity in the subretinal space with backscattering (submacular hemorrhage) along with macular hole. (c) Spectral domain optical coherence tomography at superonasal macula shows sharp pigment epithelium detachment peak (arrowhead) suggestive of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy

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Figure 2: (a-c) Serial indocyanine green angiography scans showing early hyperfluorescence (arrow) characteristic of polyps corresponding to pigment epithelium detachment. (d) Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (taken along red line on [Figure 1]a) showing FTMH after pneumatic displacement. (e) Spectral domain optical coherence tomography taken at superonasal macula (along yellow line on [Figure 1]a) shows notched pigment epithelium detachment (arrowhead) corresponding to polyps on indocyanine green angiography

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   Discussion Top

Spontaneous massive SMH is a known complication of PCV requiring prompt pneumatic displacement. PCV has been rarely reported to cause massive suprachoroidal hemorrhage and secondary angle closure glaucoma.[2] We report yet another rare presentation of MH secondary to PCV. We hypothesize that the explosive nature of SMH can rupture the relatively thinner fovea resulting in MH. The presence of blood at the base of the MH, bridge of remnant retinal tissue, and breakthrough vitreous hemorrhage are indirect evidence for that. MH has been reported to be associated with SMH following trauma [3] but the cause of MH is probably trauma rather than SMH. Sagara et al. suggested the possibility of MH following subretinal hemorrhage in ruptured retinal arterial macroaneurysm (RAM).[4] MH developing 5 months after SMH has been reported in a 75–year-old female with age-related macular degeneration.[5] Cho et al. reported MH following intravitreal ranibizumab injection in PCV.[6] Bakri et al. noted MH intraoperatively during subretinal injection of tissue plasminogen activator.[7] To the best of our knowledge, spontaneous MH with SMH as a presenting feature of PCV has not been reported in literature. Such a complication is likely to be associated with poor visual outcome.

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   References Top

Yannuzzi LA, Sorenson J, Spaide RF, Lipson B. Idiopathic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (IPCV). Retina 1990;10:1-8.  Back to cited text no. 1
Tan CS, Wong HT, Lim BA, Hee OK, Lim TH. Polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy causing massive suprachoroidal haemorrhage. Eye (Lond) 2007;21:132-3.  Back to cited text no. 2
Rishi P, Reddy S, Rishi E. Delayed, spontaneous conversion of type 2 closure to type 1 closure following surgery for traumatic macular hole associated with submacular hemorrhage. Oman J Ophthalmol 2012;5:189-90.  Back to cited text no. 3
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Sagara N, Kawaji T, Koshiyama Y, Inomata Y, Fukushima M, Tanihara H, et al. Macular hole formation after macular haemorrhage associated with rupture of retinal arterial macroaneurysm. Br J Ophthalmol 2009;93:1337-40.  Back to cited text no. 4
Wan MJ, Sheidow TG. Macular hole secondary to a subretinal hemorrhage. Retin Cases Brief Rep 2009;3:86-8.  Back to cited text no. 5
Cho JH, Park SE, Han JR, Kim HK, Nam WH. Macular hole after intravitreal ranibizumab injection for polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy. Clin Exp Optom 2011;94:586-8.  Back to cited text no. 6
Bakri SJ, Sears JE, Lewis H. Management of macular hole and submacular hemorrhage in the same eye. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol 2007;245:609-11.  Back to cited text no. 7


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