Journal article

Needle drainage of subretinal fluid. A randomized clinical trial.

RL Burton, JD Cairns, WG Campbell, WJ Heriot, JB Heinze

Retina | Published : 1993


Needle drainage of subretinal fluid with simultaneous observation using the indirect ophthalmoscope has been reported to have a very low complication rate. The technique was evaluated by a prospective clinical trial. The study group consisted of 100 patients undergoing scleral buckling for rhegmatogenous retinal detachment who were randomly assigned to groups treated with needle drainage or conventional two-stage drainage. At 1 month, the retina was anatomically flat in 88% of all cases. Subretinal hemorrhage occurred in 10 of 45 patients (22.2%) after needle drainage and in 7 of 55 patients (12.7%) after conventional drainage. The difference was not statistically significant. Retinal punctu..

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