Macular hole surgery with triamcinolone acetonide-assisted internal limiting membrane peeling: One-year results

Hiroyuki Nomoto, Fumio Shiraga, Hidetaka Yamaji, Koki Fukuda, Tetsuya Baba, Ippei Takasu, Hiroshi Ohtsuki

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PURPOSE: To report the 1-year results of macular hole surgery with triamcinolone acetonide (TA)-assisted internal limiting membrane (ILM) peeling and to compare those with results of indocyanine green (ICG)-assisted ILM peeling. METHODS: In a nonrandomized, retrospective, interventional case series, 40 eyes of 39 consecutive patients with idiopathic full-thickness macular holes underwent macular hole surgery with TA-assisted ILM peeling. Surgical results 1 year after surgery, including changes in best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) and macular hole closure, were evaluated. Moreover, we compared the results for these 40 eyes (TA group) with those for 27 eyes of 27 consecutive patients who had undergone macular hole surgery with 0.25% ICG-assisted ILM peeling (ICG group). RESULTS: In the TA group, macular holes were closed in 39 (98%) of 40 eyes. Mean BCVA ± SD significantly improved from 0.78 ± 0.31 logarithm of the minimal angle of resolution (logMAR) preoperatively to 0.20 ± 0.30 logMAR (P <0.001). BCVA improved by ≥0.2 logMAR in 37 eyes (93%). BCVA was 20/40 or better in 33 (83%) of 30 eyes. In the ICG group, macular holes were closed in all 27 eyes (100%), and mean BCVA ± SD significantly improved from 0.81 ± 0.4 logMAR preoperatively to 0.34 ± 0.2 logMAR 1 year postoperatively (P <0.001). BCVA improved by ≥0.2 logMAR in 22 eyes (81%). BCVA was 20/40 or better in 16 (59%) of 27 eyes. Significant differences between groups were seen in mean BCVA 1 year after surgery (P = 0.049) but not in BCVA of 20/40 or better (P = 0.17) or change in BCVA by ≥0.2 logMAR (P = 0.05). CONCLUSION: TA is useful as an adjuvant for ILM peeling in macular hole surgery, and BCVA 1 year after surgery might be more favorable when compared with ICG-assisted ILM peeling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-432
Number of pages6
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes



  • Indocyanine green
  • Internal limiting membrane
  • Macular hole
  • Triamcinolone acetonide
  • Vitrectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems

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