Indian Journal of Ophthalmology - Case Reports

: 2021  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 208--209

Poriferous macula

Rushik Patel, Kushal Delhiwala, Bakulesh Khamar 
 Department of Vitreo Retina, Netralaya Superspeciality Eye Hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

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Dr. Kushal Delhiwala
Netralaya Superspeciality Eye Hospital, KD House, 1st Floor, Above Andhra Bank, Parimal Cross Roads, Ellisbridge, Ahmedabad - 380006, Gujarat


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Patel R, Delhiwala K, Khamar B. Poriferous macula.Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep 2021;1:208-209

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Patel R, Delhiwala K, Khamar B. Poriferous macula. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep [serial online] 2021 [cited 2023 Feb 6 ];1:208-209
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 Case Report

A 62-year-old pseudophakic female having right eye full-thickness macular hole and vitreomacular traction [Figure 1]a and [Figure 1]b; underwent vitrectomy with conventional internal limiting membrane (ILM) peeling and 20% sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) gas tamponade. At 6-weeks follow-up, visual acuity improved from 20/120 to 20/40. Fundus evaluation revealed a closed macular hole and dark arcuate striae in the area of peeled ILM, corresponding to dissociated optic nerve fiber layer (DONFL) appearance [Figure 2]a.[1] The horizontal B scan swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT- Triton plus-Topcon, Tokyo, Japan) showed type 1 closure with foveal lucency and inner retinal dimples of variable depths in para- and perifoveal region [Figure 2]b. These retinal dimples were deeper and wider, temporal to fovea in comparison with nasal to fovea (papillomacular bundle). En face SS-OCT image at the ILM layer showed multiple spindle-shaped defects concentric to the fovea and wider temporally corresponding to dimples [Figure 2]c. Such appearance resembles decellularized scaffolds which are poriferous in nature.[2]{Figure 1}{Figure 2}


The poriferous appearance of decellularized scaffold is due to the retained extracellular matrix (ECM) in biological materials following removal of cellular components.[2] Poriferous appearance is also described in sponge, decayed wood as well as biodegradable hydrogel.[3] It is plausible that inner retinal cells adherent to ILM (Muller cells and ganglion cells) are removed along with ILM. The loss of cells in the area of ILM peeling may be responsible for poriferous appearance mimicking decellularized scaffold. Another plausible cause could be changes in the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) following ILM peeling. This is least likely as the pattern does not follow the horizontal raphe of RNFL. Similar macular changes following ILM peeling are also described as concentric macular dark spots (CMDS).[4]

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