J Korean Ophthalmol Soc.  2013 Feb;54(2):351-356. 10.3341/jkos.2013.54.2.351.

Spontaneous Reattachment of Descemet's Membrane Detachment at Postoperative Two Months, Which Occurred During Cataract Surgery

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, Dankook University College of Medicine, Cheonan, Korea. perfectcure@hanmail.net

Abstract

PURPOSE
To report a case of spontaneously reattached Descemet's membrane detachment, which first occurred during the cataract surgery, and still remained after injection of 100% air into the chamber.
CASE SUMMARY
A 78-year-old woman came to the clinic with decreased visual acuity. She had a brunescent cataract and underwent extracapsular cataract extraction with a posterior chamber lens implantation. During the irrigation and aspiration procedure, the Descemet's membrane was torn and detached. An anterior chamber injection of 100% air was performed prior to the conclusion of surgery. Descemet's membrane detachment remained at the center of the cornea and was naturally reattached without any surgical procedure. At 2 months after the surgery, a well-reattached Descemet's membrane and a clear central cornea were observed.
CONCLUSIONS
Descemet's membrane detachment is a rare but potentially serious complication of intraocular surgery. The authors report a case of naturally reattached Descemet's membrane detachment which remained after injection of 100% air into the chamber.

Keyword

Cataract surgery; Descemet's membrane; Spontaneous reattachment

MeSH Terms

Anterior Chamber
Cataract
Cataract Extraction
Cornea
Descemet Membrane
Female
Humans
Porphyrins
Visual Acuity
Porphyrins
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