Supplementary Material for: Tissue Plasminogen Activator-Assisted Vitrectomy for Ruptured Eye with Suprachoroidal Hemorrhage
2012-08-16T00:00:00Z (GMT) by
<b><i>Purpose:</i></b> To report a case of a ruptured eye with a suprachoroidal hemorrhage (SCH) in which tissue plasminogen activator (tPA)-assisted vitrectomy was successful in reconstructing the globe and restoring good vision. <b><i>Case:</i></b> A 32-year-old man was struck on the right eye by a surfboard. His eye was ruptured and his visual acuity decreased to hand movements. Surgery was immediately performed to successfully close the ruptured globe. Nine days later, a second surgery was performed, and tPA (25 µg/0.1 ml monteplase) was used to liquefy and drain the SCH. This freed enough vitreous space for a more comprehensive vitrectomy. Eighteen months after the injury, the retina remained attached, and the decimal best-corrected visual acuity improved to 0.8. <b><i>Conclusion:</i></b> tPA was helpful in lysing a massive SCH, thereby contributing to the excellent visual outcome. tPA-assisted drainage should be considered in cases of massive SCH when drainage is difficult due to an incomplete lysis of the clot.