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Spontaneous resolution of subretinal fluid postvitreoretinal surgery for tractional retinal detachment in proliferative diabetic retinopathy


A man in his 60s with proliferative diabetic retinopathy presented with vision loss in both eyes in the past 1 month. On presentation, the best corrected visual acuity was 20/60 and 20/125 for the right and left eyes, respectively. On examination, he had total tractional retinal detachment (TRD) in the left eye and macula threatening TRD in the right eye. In both eyes, the patient had pars plana vitrectomy, membrane peeling, endolaser and silicone oil injection. Though the left eye’s postoperative recovery was uneventful, the subretinal fluid (SRF) in the right eye macula persisted. There was no open retinal break noted in the postoperative period, and no surgical intervention was done for the persistent SRF. The fluid was eventually absorbed over 4 months, with the recovery of vision to 20/40.

  • Ophthalmology
  • Retina
  • Macula

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