Spontaneous reattachment of the margins of a macular retinal pigment epithelium tear: Optical coherence tomography documentation of a case

Alfredo Pece, Lucia Vitale, Paolo Milani, Luisa Pierro

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Purpose: To document by optical coherence tomography (OCT) the reattachment of the margins of a retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) tear. Methods: Single case report, documented by OCT scans, autofluorescence and fluorescein angiography. Results: A 67-year-old male presented with a spontaneous RPE tear due to age-related macular degeneration in his right eye. Three months later we observed that the focal RPE tear had healed and there was a new intraretinal fluid, well documented by OCT imaging. Conclusions: OCT scans show the reattachment of the margins of an RPE tear healed by tissue remodelling, and illustrate how the disease can recur.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-161
Number of pages3
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010



  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Reattachment
  • Retinal pigment epithelium tear

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems

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