Retinal detachment

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard

Patient Data

Gender: Female

Retinal detachment in left eye.

Case Discussion


Retinal detachment is a detachment of the retina proper from the underlying pigmented choroid, and occurs in a number of settings:

  • tractional: inflammatory or post traumatic fibrous bands in the vitreous ; also seen in sickle cell disease.
  • exudative: fluid accumulating in the subretinal space secondary to hypertension, central retinal venous occlusion, vasculitis, papilledema or tumor.
  • post operative: vitreous fluid accumulates in the subretinal space via a hole in the retina (rhegmatogenous RD)
  • rhegmatogenous RD: (from rhegma meaning a fissure or fracture) can also be seen in ocular trauma


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Case information

rID: 3134
Published: 22nd May 2008
Last edited: 24th Mar 2019
System: Head & Neck
Tag: eye, retina
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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