Case Report

Nd:YAG laser treatment of an atypically located subhyaloid hemorrhage due to Valsalva maneuver in late pregnancy: a case report

  • F. Cüneyt Erdurman
  • A. Hakan Durukan
  • Volkan Hürmeriç
  • Tarkan Mumcuoğlu

Received Date: 13.07.2010 Accepted Date: 20.10.2010 Gulhane Med J 2011;53(1):63-65

Valsalva retinopathy is a well-known entity that is seen following episodes of increased intrathoracic pressure and characterized by a painless and sudden visual loss in healthy individuals. The sudden rise in intrathoracic pressure leads to increased intraocular venous pressure, causing the rupture of perifoveal capillaries. The hemorrhage is typically located in front of the macula and Nd:YAG laser hyaloidotomy is one of the accepted treatment modalities for this entity. In this report, we aimed to present a case of an atypically located subhyaloid hemorrhage which was successfully treated with Nd:YAG laser hyaloidotomy. This case report suggests that Nd:YAG laser hyaloidotomy may be safe and efficient in the treatment of extramacular subhyaloid hemorrhages.

Keywords: Nd:YAG laser hyaloidotomy, subhyaloid hemorrhage, Valsalva retinopathy, vomiting of pregnancy