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.


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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