Early decomposition of retained heavy silicone oil droplets

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Purpose: To report a case of early decomposition of retained heavy silicone oil droplets. Case Report: The single highly myopic eye of a 16-year-old boy with history of scleral buckling and buckle revision developed redetachment due to inferior retinal dialysis. The patient underwent pars plana vitrectomy and injection of heavy silicone oil. Early emulsification of the silicone oil was observed following surgery, which was removed 4 weeks later in another operation. Retained heavy silicone droplets lost their heavier- than-water specific gravity within 2 months together with extensive iris depigmentation, and release of pigment granules into the anterior chamber and vitreous cavity. Conclusion: This case report demonstrates that heavy silicone oil droplets can undergo in vivo chemical decomposition with possible toxic effects on ocular tissues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-66
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Ophthalmic and Vision Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Chemical
  • Heavy silicone oil
  • Tamponade
  • Toxicity
  • Vitrectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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