Giant Retinal Tear

  • M. Gonvers
Conference paper
Part of the FIDIA Research Series book series (FIDIA, volume 2)


There is no doubt that the major characteristic of a giant retinal tear is its rolling over flap, which can only happen if the next three conditions are present:
  • the tear must be superior or equal to 180 degrees;

  • the vitreous has to be adherent only to the anterior edge of the tear;

  • the mid and posterior vitreous must be totally liquified.


Retinal Detachment Pigment Epithelium Horizontal Meridian Fluoro Silicone Giant Retinal Tear 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Gonvers
    • 1
  1. 1.Hôpital OphtalmologiqueLausanneSwitzerland

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