Retinal detachment

Case contributed by Frank Gaillard

Patient Data

Gender: Female

Note: This case has been tagged as "legacy" as it no longer meets image preparation and/or other case publication guidelines.


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.
  • postoperative: vitreous fluid accumulates in the subretinal space via a hole in the retina (rhegmatogenous RD)
  • rhegmatogenous: (from rhegma meaning a fissure or fracture) can also be seen in ocular trauma


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