Posterior staphyloma: Can it be retinal detachment or tumour?

1 February 2006
Volume 07, Issue 1

Nonavinakere Manjunatha et al., describe two patients who were referred by their optometrist for suspected retinal detachment and who were ultimately found to have posterior staphyloma.

Introduction

Posterior staphyloma is often a feature of pathological myopia. The complex optics in high refractive error and the difficulties in viewing the fundus in myopic eyes can lead to a mistaken diagnosis of retinal detachment or tumour on routine examination. This can cause anxiety to patients. We report two such cases. Curtin (1977) suggested a classification for posterior staphyloma and we have used it in the description of our cases.

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