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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 299-301

Choroidal effusion with neurosensory detachment after medial transposition of Y-split lateral rectus in third nerve palsy

Dr RP Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi, India

Date of Submission01-May-2020
Date of Acceptance13-Sep-2020
Date of Web Publication01-Apr-2021

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Dr. Pradeep Sharma
Pediatric Ophthalmology and Neuro Ophthalmology, RP Centre AIIMS, New Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1232_20

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Transposition of lateral rectus to medial rectus, though an alluring and effective method in managing complete third nerve palsy, is not without its complications. We report a rare but known complication of choroidal effusion with neurosensory detachment after medial transposition of Y split lateral rectus, in a case of posttraumatic complete third nerve palsy with aberrant regeneration. This led to a severe drop in visual acuity which did not resolve spontaneously and was managed by release of the scleral suture and topical, intravenous, and oral steroids subsequently leading to its complete resolution and restoration of visual acuity.

Keywords: Choroidal effusion, lateral rectus to medial rectus transposition, neurosensory detachment, secondary glaucoma, third nerve palsy, vortex vein compression

How to cite this article:
Yadav N, Sharma P, Panwar V, Shakrawal J, Azad SV. Choroidal effusion with neurosensory detachment after medial transposition of Y-split lateral rectus in third nerve palsy. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep 2021;1:299-301

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Yadav N, Sharma P, Panwar V, Shakrawal J, Azad SV. Choroidal effusion with neurosensory detachment after medial transposition of Y-split lateral rectus in third nerve palsy. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep [serial online] 2021 [cited 2023 Apr 2];1:299-301. Available from: https://www.ijoreports.in/text.asp?2021/1/2/299/312320

Choroidal effusion is the accumulation of fluid in the suprachoroidal space which can be due to various causes including inflammatory, trauma, infections, neoplasms, post intraocular surgery (commonly glaucoma), and idiopathic. The incidence of choroidal effusion post strabismus surgery is rare but a known complication in myopic eyes and after transposition surgeries.[1] To the best of our knowledge, this is a first case report describing the importance of undoing of transposition procedure by releasing muscle sutures to release vortex vein compression which eventually resolves choroidal effusion.

  Case Report Top

A 26-year-old, female with a history of road traffic accident 1 year back presented to our squint clinic with a complete pupil involving oculomotor nerve palsy with aberrant regeneration (adduction miosis, elevation with ptosis correction on adduction) in the right eye (OD). Her preoperative visual acuity (VA) was 20/40 OD and 20/20 OS and an exotropia of 50 prism diopter, (PD) and L/R of 12 PD [Figure 1]a on orthoptic examination. A two-staged procedure was planned with a 7.5 mm recession of superior rectus (SR) in OS, utilizing the fixation duress, to correct the hypotropia and ptosis. In the second sitting, a medial transposition of the Y split lateral rectus, as described by Gokyigit and colleagues along with posterior tenectomy of superior oblique (SO) fibers was performed in the right eye for exotropia correction.[2]
Figure 1: (a) Preoperative right eye clinical photograph. Note the improvement in; adduction on attempt of elevation and ptosis on adduction. (b) Post-operative right eye clinical photograph after lateral rectus to medial rectus transposition

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On postoperative day 3, she complained of severe pain with diminution of vision. On examination, the VA dropped to counting fingers at 30 cm and an intraocular pressure (IOP) of 40 mm Hg in OD. A slit-lamp biomicroscopy examination revealed an anterior shift of the lens iris diaphragm along with a shallow anterior chamber (AC) with 1+ cells and flare. Examination of the fundus showed serous choroidal detachment (CD) in the periphery with central multiple neurosensory detachments (NSD) which was confirmed by B scan ultrasonography [Figure 2]a and [Figure 2]b, swept-source optical coherence tomography (DRI OCT Triton, Topcon, Oakland, NJ) [Figure 3]a and fundus photography [Figure 3]b. On grounds of suspicion of possible compression of the vortex vein, both the sutures securing the split LR to the sclera on the medial side were released and a pulse steroid 100 mg (dexamethasone) for 3 days along with antiglaucoma medications, topical steroids, and oral steroids subsequently was given, which was tapered off weekly. On the 5th day, postintervention her VA improved to 20/200 with complete resolution of the serous CD and NSD [Figure 3]c and [Figure 3]d.
Figure 2: (a) Ultrasonography picture of right eye showing neurosensory detachment (red arrow). (b) peripheral choroidal detachment (white arrow)

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Figure 3: (a) Multiple neurosensory detachment (red arrow) in right eye on swept source OCT. (b) Fundus photograph of right eye showing choroidal detachment (blue arrow) and neurosensory detachment (white arrow). (c) Resolution of the neurosensory detachment in right eye on swept source OCT. (d) Fundus photograph of right eye showing resolution of the choroidal detachment and neurosensory detachment

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Six weeks postsurgery the patient gained a VA of 20/63 with a refractive correction of –0.75 diopter sphere (DS) and axial length was 22.1 mm. She was orthophoric [Figure 1]b in the primary position.

  Discussion Top

Management of third nerve palsies is a challenge for the strabismus surgeon due to its limited surgical option. Nasal transposition of LR was first described by Taylor in 1989, where the LR is Y split and transposed close to the nasal vortex veins superiorly and inferiorly at a retro equatorial point of 20 mm from the limbus or at points 1 mm behind the upper and lower borders of the medial rectus insertion or additional reinforcements with posterior fixation sutures have been described.[2],[3],[4],[5],[6]

Transposition procedures are not without its complications. There have been reports of perforation, orbital hemorrhage due to injury to vortex veins, central serous chorioretinopathy, choroidal effusion, and compressive optic neuropathy. In our case after ensuring the force duction test for LR was free, the muscle was hooked with Jameson's hook and split 15 mm posteriorly prior to disinsertion. The split halves were brought nasally, passing under the SR and SO superiorly and under the inferior rectus inferiorly. The superior and inferior borders were then sutured with 6-0 polyglactin close to medial rectus insertion.

The pathophysiology behind the choroidal effusion in our case is attributed to possible compression of the vortex vein leading to an increase in choroidal vascular pressure causing serous CD in the periphery with multiple NSD which brought about an anterior shift of the lens iris diaphragm complex resulting in angle-closure glaucoma. Microperforation was ruled out after detailed fundus examination and confirmed by Optos ultrawide field fundus photography (California P200DTx icg, Marlborough, MA).

The exit position of the vortex veins in the sclera range from 13.75 to 25 mm behind the limbus.[7] We need to be careful as the supero-temporal vortex vein is close to the temporal end of the SR insertion and behind the SO tendon's nasal insertion. The vortex vein traverse about 5 to 10 mm between the bulbar fascia and sclera before exiting, the episcleral course being the longest for the superotemporal vein.[7] Thus, in spite of proper visualization and preventive measures there can be a possibility of inadvertent compression of the vortex vein at its exit or due to its episcleral course leading to such complications. A review of the literature showed few case reports that have reported such complications after nasal transposition of lateral rectus. Shah et al. in their case series of 6 patients, reported transient choroidal effusion in one patient which resolved spontaneously and have reported the risk associated with such procedure.[8] Sorenson et al. reported a case of central serous choroidopathy after surgery which was attributed to Type A personality and steroid use.[9] Casteels et al. reported a case of choroidal effusion with serous retinal detachment after uneventful strabismus surgery for divergent squint in a 12-year-old girl with hypermetropia of 8 DS, which resolved on parabulbar and topical steroids.[10]

  Conclusion Top

Choroidal effusion leading to CD with multiple NSD is a dreaded complication after nasal transposition of split LR which can induce considerable anxiety both for surgeon and the patient. Though it is the procedure of choice for large-angle exotropia with no medial rectus function, but it should be done with caution and with the foresight to detect and manage such complications if they occur unfortuitously.

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  References Top

Merino P, Gomez de Liano P, Yanez Martinez J. Uveal effusion syndrome after strabismus surgery. Arch Soc Esp Oftalmol 2006;81:409-12.  Back to cited text no. 1
Gokyigit B, Akar S, Satana B, Demirok A, Yilmaz OF. Medial transposition of a split lateral rectus muscle for complete oculomotor nerve palsy. JAAPOS 2013;17:402-10.  Back to cited text no. 2
Taylor JN. Surgical management of oculomotor nerve palsy with lateral rectus transplantation to the medial side of globe. Aust N Z J Ophthalmol 1989;17:27-31.  Back to cited text no. 3
Kaufmann H. “Lateralis splitting” in total oculomotor paralysis with trochlear nerve paralysis. Fortschr Ophthalmol 1991;88:314-6.  Back to cited text no. 4
Saxena R, Sharma M, Singh D, Dhiman R, Sharma P. Medial transposition of split lateral rectus augmented with fixation sutures in cases of complete third nerve palsy. Br J Ophthalmol 2016;100:585-7.  Back to cited text no. 5
Sharma P, Saxena R, Bhaskaran K, Dhiman R, Sethi A, Obedulla H. Augmented medial transposition of split lateral rectus in the management of synergistic divergence. JAAPOS 2020;24:37-40.  Back to cited text no. 6
Tasman W, Jaeger EA. Duane's Ophthalmology. 2013 ed. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins; 2013. (on CD ROM).  Back to cited text no. 7
Shah AS, Prabhu SP, Sadiq MAA, Mantagos IS, Hunter DG, Dagi LR. Adjustable nasal transposition of split lateral rectus muscle for third nerve palsy. JAMA Ophthalmol 2014;132:963-9.  Back to cited text no. 8
Sorenson R, Soni A. Central serous chorioretinopathy following medial transposition of split lateral rectus muscle for complete oculomotor nerve palsy. JAAPOS 2017;21:161-2.  Back to cited text no. 9
Casteels I, Gobin C. Choroidal effusion with serous retinal detachment as a complication of strabismus surgery. J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus 2009;48:E1-3.  Back to cited text no. 10


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