Spektrum der Augenheilkunde

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 157–159 | Cite as

Natural closure mechanisms of idiopathic macular holes

  • Tobias Brockmann
  • Claudia Steger
  • Gerald Seidel
  • Anton Haas
  • Andreas WedrichEmail author
case report


In this article, we report our observations of the natural closure of an idiopathic macular hole (IMH). Even though the natural closure of IMH is rare, we analyzed published cases to propose natural closure mechanisms of IMH. Thereby, the reestablishment is a gradual process, which can lead to a complete recovery of the foveal morphology and a functional restitutio ad integrum.


Idiopathic macular hole Spontaneous closure Natural closure mechanisms Restitutio ad integrum Optical coherence tomography 

Mechanismen des Spontanverschlusses von idiopathischen Makulalöchern


In diesem Fallbericht beschreiben wir den Spontanverschluss eines idiopathischen Makulaloches (IMH). Obwohl ein Spontanverschluss selten ist, versuchen wir anhand von publizierten Fällen, mögliche Verschlussmechanismen zu beschreiben. Der Spontanverschluss ist ein gradueller Prozess, der zu einer völligen Wiederherstellung der Foveamorphologie mit funktioneller Heilung führen kann.


Idiopathisches Makulaloch Spontanverschluss Verschlussmechanismen Restitutio ad integrum Optische Kohärenztomographie 


Conflict of interest

None of the authors has conflict of interest with the submission.

No financial support was received for this submission.

A written informed consent according to the Declaration of Helsinki was obtained.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tobias Brockmann
    • 1
  • Claudia Steger
    • 1
  • Gerald Seidel
    • 2
  • Anton Haas
    • 2
  • Andreas Wedrich
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of OphthalmologyCharité–University Medicine BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Department of OphthalmologyMedical University GrazGrazAustria

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