Oman Journal of Ophthalmology

: 2020  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 98--99

Spontaneous closure of a large traumatic macular hole

Pratyusha Ganne1, Nagesha C Krishnappa2, Girish Velis2,  
1 Department of Ophthalmology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Mangalagiri, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Vitreo-Retina, Aravind Eye Care System, Puducherry, India

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Pratyusha Ganne
Department of Ophthalmology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Mangalagiri, Guntur - 522 503, Andhra Pradesh


Spontaneous closure of a large traumatic macular hole is a rare event. We report a case of a large traumatic macular hole in a 16-year-old that closed spontaneously following an epiretinal membrane formation. Centripetal contraction of the membrane resulted in hole closure and subsequent improvement in visual acuity.

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Ganne P, Krishnappa NC, Velis G. Spontaneous closure of a large traumatic macular hole.Oman J Ophthalmol 2020;13:98-99

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Traumatic macular hole can form immediately after trauma or a few weeks later. The exact pathogenesis of a full-thickness macular hole following trauma is uncertain. It could result from a rupture of the fovea due to the impact of the injury (early onset) or de-roofing of the cysts in chronic cystoid macular edema (late onset).[1] Spontaneous closure has been reported to occur for small traumatic macular holes in young patients.[1],[2],[3] We report spontaneous closure of a large macular hole in a young boy following trauma and postulate the possible mechanisms underlying it.

A 16-year-old boy presented with a large macular hole 10 days after a blunt trauma to his left eye. Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was 20/200 in that eye. Anterior-segment examination showed traumatic iritis, which was treated with topical steroids and cycloplegics. The hole diameter on optical coherence tomography (OCT) was 732 μm [Figure 1]a. One edge of the hole was flat and the other elevated. There were very few intraretinal cysts. After a week, we noticed the development of an epiretinal membrane (ERM) around the macular hole [Figure 1]b and [Figure 1]c. Over the next 20 days, the hole size decreased and the hole closed spontaneously after 3 months. The BCVA improved to 20/80.{Figure 1}

Spontaneous closure of the traumatic macular holes has been rarely reported in literature. Edges of the hole get apposed by contracting fibroglial cells. Larger holes are caused by severe traumatic forces, resulting in significant retinal necrosis and tissue loss. Hence, the chance for spontaneous closure is low.[4] In a study by Chen et al., holes that underwent spontaneous closure had a small minimum diameter (244.9 ± 114.4 μm) and less intraretinal cysts on OCT.[3]

In the present case, vigorous fibroglial proliferation resulted in an ERM development. Centripetal contraction forces brought the two edges together, resulting in the approximation of hole edges. Hence, a close follow-up of traumatic macular holes can avoid surgical intervention in some cases.

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