Treatment of Symptomatic Vitreomacular Adhesion with Expansile Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6) Gas



Dominic M Buzzacco1, 2, *, Sugat S Patel2
1 Havener Eye Institute, The Ohio State University, 915 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43212, USA
2 Midwest Retina, 6655 Post Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43016, USA


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© 2017 Buzzacco and Patel.

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* Address correspondence to this author at the Midwest Retina, 6655 Post Road, Dublin, Oh 43016, USA; Tel: 614-339-8500; Fax: 614-339-8501; E-mail: dominic.buzzacco@osumc.edu


Abstract

Background:

To evaluate intravitreal injection of expansile sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) as a low cost and effective treatment for symptomatic vitreomacular adhesion (sVMA).

Methods:

Retrospective analysis of all patients with sVMA treated with pneumatic vitreolysis using SF6 gas presenting to a clinical practice from January 2005 and June 2013.

Results:

Six cases were included in the study. Five patients (83%) experienced complete resolution of the vitreomacular adhesion. One patient had a partial release of the vitreomacular adhesion. Four patients (67%) had a one line improvement in best corrected visual acuity.

Conclusion:

Due to its low cost, wide availability, and apparent efficacy, intravitreal injection of expansile SF6 should be investigated further as a possible treatment modality for sVMA.

Keywords: Intravitreal, Vitreomacular, Adhesion, Expansile, Diabetes, Sulphur hexaflouride.