Postponed closure of a postoperative macular hole

Tie Ying Zhao, Yuan Fei Zhu, Tong Zhang, Hui Wen, Hong Bo Cheng

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to report an exceptional case of a postponed closure of a postoperative macular hole. Methods: A 60-year-old woman received a diagnosis of idiopathic macular hole after she suffered decreased vision in her left eye for 3 weeks. She underwent a pars plana vitrectomy, fluid-air exchange, and room air tamponade with face down positioning for 5 days, without internal limiting membrane peeling. Optical coherence tomography scans were performed at 3 days, 3 months, and 6 months after surgery. Results: Macular hole did not achieve closure until 6 months after surgery. Conclusion: Postponed closure in a case of a postoperative macular hole is rare. This report shows that idiopathic macular hole, which does not close immediately after surgery, still has the possibility to achieve closure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)258-260
Number of pages3
JournalRetinal Cases and Brief Reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Case report
  • Macular hole
  • Postoperative
  • Postponed closure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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