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Supplementary Material for: Tissue Plasminogen Activator-Assisted Vitrectomy for Ruptured Eye with Suprachoroidal Hemorrhage

posted on 16.08.2012, 00:00 by Matsumoto K., Matsumoto C.S., Shinoda K., Watanabe E., Mizota A.
Purpose: To report a case of a ruptured eye with a suprachoroidal hemorrhage (SCH) in which tissue plasminogen activator (tPA)-assisted vitrectomy was successful in reconstructing the globe and restoring good vision. Case: A 32-year-old man was struck on the right eye by a surfboard. His eye was ruptured and his visual acuity decreased to hand movements. Surgery was immediately performed to successfully close the ruptured globe. Nine days later, a second surgery was performed, and tPA (25 µg/0.1 ml monteplase) was used to liquefy and drain the SCH. This freed enough vitreous space for a more comprehensive vitrectomy. Eighteen months after the injury, the retina remained attached, and the decimal best-corrected visual acuity improved to 0.8. Conclusion: tPA was helpful in lysing a massive SCH, thereby contributing to the excellent visual outcome. tPA-assisted drainage should be considered in cases of massive SCH when drainage is difficult due to an incomplete lysis of the clot.