Silicone oil removal time extension possible for high-risk patients

January 9, 2013

Silicone oil removal time could be increased for up to one year to achieve a stable retinal status in patients with high-risk redetachment.

Silicone oil removal time could be increased for up to one year to achieve a stable retinal status in patients with high-risk redetachment, states a paper in Eye.

A team headed by Dr Yasin Toklu, Department of Ophthalmology, Ankara Atatürk Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey, monitored 32 cases that were thought to have a high-risk of retinal redetachment after silicone oil removal.

The silicone oil was kept as long as possible until the first signs of silicone oil emulsification were identified. The silicone oil emulsification times varied between 5 and 24 months with a mean of 13.2 ± 4.8 months.

In the majority of cases, emulsification occurred within the first year, but two cases did not experience emulsification until the month 24.

The abstract can be read by visiting this link.