25-Gauge Transconjunctival Sutureless Vitrectomy for Vitreous and Retinal/Choroidal Biopsy

  • J. F. Arevalo
  • J. G. Sanchez
  • W. R. Freeman
Part of the Essentials in Ophthalmology book series (ESSENTIALS)
  • Diagnostic vitreoretinal surgery should be considered when other noninvasive methods of diagnosis have failed to establish a pathoetiologic mechanism.

  • The goals of ocular biopsy should be to acquire microbiological, cytologic, histologic, immunologic and genetic information, with minimum surgical trauma, for modifying and directing medical and surgical treatments.

  • The development of a 25-gauge operating system introduces a new concept in vitreous, retinal and choroidal biopsy.

  • Vitreous, retinal or choroidal biopsy are relatively safe procedures, and the results often change clinical management.

  • 25-gauge procedures induce minimal ocular trauma, decrease the inflammatory response, and may allow faster overall patient recovery.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. F. Arevalo
    • 1
  • J. G. Sanchez
    • 1
  • W. R. Freeman
    • 2
  1. 1.Retina and Vitreous Service Clinica Oftalmológica Centro CaracasThe Arevalo-Coutinho Foundation for Research in OphthalmologyCaracasVenezuela
  2. 2.Jacobs Retina Center Shiley Eye CenterUniversity of California San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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