Background: We describe a patient with chronic, refractory idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) who developed massive vitreoretinal hemorrhages in both eyes. Methods: A 49-year-old woman complained of an acute decrease of vision, and ophthalmoscopy revealed bilateral preretinal and subretinal hemorrhages around the optic disc. Her platelet counts were less than 5000/μl in spite of repetitive administration of corticosteroids and immunoglobulins with splenectomy for the chronic refractory ITP. One month later, she developed massive vitreoretinal hemorrhages bilaterally, and vision decreased to hand-motion. Results: Vitrectomy was performed on both eyes after medical treatment to increase platelet counts. The intraretinal hemorrhages were absorbed from the area around the disc and vision recovered to 20/100 in the right eye and 20/2000 in the left after one month. Conclusion: Massive vitreoretinal hemorrhages can develop in patients with chronic refractory ITP, and vitrectomy can be beneficial for this condition.
|ジャーナル||Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology|
|出版ステータス||Published - 2005 11 1|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sensory Systems
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience