Four cases of retinal capillary hemangioma treated by pars plana vitrectomy

Sayaka Hirakawa, Yuhei Hasegawa, Yasutaka Mochizuki, Ri Ichiro Kono, Masanori Miyazaki, Tatsuro Ishibashi

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Purpose: To report 4 cases of retinal capillary hemangioma treated by pars plana vitrectomy. Cases: Four cases were treated for complications of retinal capillary hemangioma in the past 5 years. The series comprised one male and 3 females and were aged 36, 50, 52 and 55 years respectively. All were unilaterally affected. Findings: Retinal capillary hemangioma was identified with vasoproliferative tumor in 3 cases and with von Hippel disease in one. The hemangioma was solitary in all the cases and was located in the equator. Its size was between 2 and 4.5 disc diameters. Retinal detachment developed in 4 eyes and epiretinal membrane in two. Photocoagulation of feeding vessels was applied in 2 eyes and transpupillary thermotherapy in 2 eyes. All the eyes then received vitrectomy with intraocular diathermy in 3 eyes, partial resection in 2 eyes, and total resection in one. The retina became reattached in all the 4 eyes. Hemangioma recurred in one eye that was treated by diathermy only. Conclusion: The present cases show that partial resection may be effective for retinal capillary hemangioma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-388
Number of pages6
JournalJapanese Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ophthalmology


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