Novel Surgical Treatment of an Intraretinal Juxtapapillary Hemangioblastoma Using Intraocular Diathermy Forceps: A Case Report.

Koen A van Overdam, Anass Hajjaj, L M Smid, Emine Kiliҫ, Jan Hendrik de Jong

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The surgical treatment of intraretinal juxtapapillary retinal hemangioblastomas (JRHs) was previously contraindicated because of the significant risk of collateral damage to the macula and optic nerve. This case report discusses the effectiveness and safety of a novel surgical technique using intraocular bipolar diathermy forceps to coagulate feeder and draining blood vessels of an intraretinal JRH. The patient suffered from bilateral retinal hemangioblastomas with loss of visual function in one eye and the development of an intraretinal JRH in the other eye. Despite intensive treatment with intravitreal bevacizumab and subconjunctival triamcinolone acetonide, growth of the intraretinal JRH continued, macular exudation worsened, and visual acuity decreased. Surgical treatment was undertaken in which, first, the feeder and draining vessels of the JRH were identified by comparing the retinal imaging of the JRH with the imaging before the emergence of the JRH 4 years earlier. Then, retinal incisions were made above the blood vessels and parallel to the nerve fibers during a pars plana vitrectomy. Lastly, these vessels were lifted above the retinal surface and coagulated using intraocular diathermy forceps. Postoperatively, macular edema reduced, and visual acuity increased and remained stable for about 6 months. Using intraocular diathermy forceps, this case report demonstrates effective and safe intraretinal JRH blood vessel coagulation above the retinal surface. This novel surgical approach was able to delay the deterioration of visual acuity due to tumor growth and exudation in this patient. This suggests that coagulation with intraocular diathermy forceps can be considered an additional surgical treatment option for JRHs, especially those with an intraretinal growth pattern
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)546–554
Number of pages9
JournalCase Reports in Ophthalmology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2023


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