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MC Sharma, MF Shuler, CD Regillo, WE Benson, AC Ho, JL Borrillo; Determination of the Incidence and Clinical Characteristics of Subsequent Retinal Tears . Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2002;43(13):643.
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Purpose: To determine the incidence of subsequent retinal tears (SRT) in patients who were previously treated for acute posterior vitreous detachment (PVD)-related retinal tears. Methods: Retrospective chart review Results: 204 eyes of 187 consecutive patients were identified with treatment for acute PVD-related retinal tears. During an average follow-up of 16.6 months (range 1 to 157 months), subsequent retinal tears (SRT) developed in 19 of 204 (9.3%) treated eyes. Most of the SRT occurred during the first 6 months (12 of 19 eyes, 63%) after initial treatment, with 84% (16 of 19 eyes) occurring before 12 months. Of those patients who developed SRT after 12 months, all had visual symptoms. Conclusion: Patients who present with acute PVD-related retinal tears are at a low but significant risk for subsequent retinal tears.
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