A Rare Case of Anterior Chamber SF6 Gas as a Complication of Pneumatic Retinopexy

Emanuela Interlandi, Francesco Pellegrini, Paul Nderitu, Lorenzo Motta, Erika Mandara, Daniele Cirone


Pneumatic retinopexy is a surgical option for the treatment of retinal detachment. Although it is a generally safe procedure, it can be associated with a number of complications. We report a case of a 52-year-old man with a history of penetrating keratoplasty for keratoconus who underwent sulfur hexafluoride pneumatic retinopexy for a left acute rhegmatogenous macula-on retinal detachment. During the procedure, the patient suffered from a rare complication, a gas bubble that completely filled the anterior chamber during a pressure releasing paracentesis. The complication was successfully managed by extracting the gas with a cannula technique. In this case report, we discuss the current literature, possible etiologies and an approach to successful management for this rare complication.

J Curr Surg. 2021;11(1):21-23
doi: https://doi.org/10.14740/jcs434


Anterior chamber; Vitreoretinal; Pneumatic retinopexy; Sulfur hexafluoride; Rhegmatogenous retinal detachment

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