Rhegmatogenous retinal detachment with Schwartz's syndrome following Nd:YAG laser peripheral iridectomy in the management of pigmentary glaucoma

James M. Heltzer, Joel S. Schuman

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    Abstract

    A case of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment complicated by Schwartz's syndrome following Nd:YAG laser peripheral iridectomy in the management of pigmentary glaucoma is described. A 36year-old man underwent Nd:YAG laser peripheral iridectomy for pigmentary glaucoma. Three days later, he had a rhegmatogenous retinal detachment. The break remained open following scleral buckling with persistent subretinal fluid, "iridocyclitis," and elevated intraocular pressure. Two months later, the patient underwent revision of the scleral buckle. Following closure of the retinal break, the retina flattened, and within 2 weeks the "iridocyclitis" resolved and the intraocular pressure decreased to approximately 20 mm Hg. Rhegmatogenous retinal detachment may occur following laser peripheral iridectomy, and suggests the necessity for a prospective clinical trial to evaluate the role of laser peripheral iridectomy in the management of pigmentary glaucoma.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)206-208
    Number of pages3
    JournalOphthalmic Surgery Lasers and Imaging
    Volume34
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2003

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Surgery
    • Ophthalmology

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