Evaluation and management of pediatric rhegmatogenous retinal detachment

Adam S. Wenick, David E. Barañano

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Pediatric rhegmatogenous retinal detachments are rare, accounting for less than ten percent of all rhegmatogenous retinal detachments. While most retinal detachments in the adult population are related to posterior vitreous detachment, pediatric retinal detachment are often related to trauma or an underlying congenital abnormalities or genetic syndrome. The anatomy of pediatric eyes, the often late presentation of the disease, and the high incidence of bilateral pathology in children all pose significant challenges in the management of these patients. We discuss the epidemiology of pediatric rhegmatogenous retinal detachment, review the genetic syndromes associated with a high incidence of retinal detachment, and examine other common causes of retinal detachment in this age group. We then outline an approach to evaluation and management and describe the expected outcomes of repair of retinal detachment in the pediatric population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-263
Number of pages9
JournalSaudi Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • Pediatric rhegmatogenous retinal detachment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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