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Function and morphology of macula before and after removal of idiopathic epiretinal membrane.
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PMID:  12657605     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To study the function and morphology of the macula of the eye before and after the removal of unilateral idiopathic epiretinal membrane (ERM). METHODS: Focal macular electroretinograms (fmERGs) elicited by a 15 degrees stimulus were recorded in 37 eyes of 37 patients with a unilateral ERM. The amplitudes of the a- and b-waves and the oscillatory potentials (OPs) were compared with the corresponding waves in the normal fellow eyes before and after removal of the ERM. In 29 eyes followed up for more than 6 months after surgery, the fmERGs and foveal and parafoveal thicknesses, measured by optical coherence tomography (OCT), were evaluated. RESULTS: Before surgery, the mean amplitudes of all components of the fmERGs were significantly smaller than in the fellow eyes, with the decrease largest for the OPs, followed by the b-waves and then the a-waves. The eyes with less severely reduced a-wave amplitude (>70% of the fellow eyes) had significantly lower b-wave to a-wave (b/a) ratios. After surgery, the amplitudes of the b-wave and OPs were still significantly smaller in the affected eyes. The mean foveal and parafoveal thicknesses were significantly less after surgery; however, the thickness was still more in the affected eyes. The decrease of the OPs remained after surgery and correlated with increased parafoveal thickness (r = -0.460, P = 0.011). CONCLUSIONS: The decreased fmERGs indicate that macular function is impaired in eyes with ERM. The decrease of the b-wave and OPs in the 29 eyes examined after vitrectomy may be due to the still thickened macular retina.
Takashi Niwa; Hiroko Terasaki; Mineo Kondo; Chang-Hua Piao; Toshimitsu Suzuki; Yozo Miyake
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Investigative ophthalmology & visual science     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0146-0404     ISO Abbreviation:  Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci.     Publication Date:  2003 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-03-26     Completed Date:  2003-04-10     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7703701     Medline TA:  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1652-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Ophthalmology, Nagoya University School of Medicine, Nagoya, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Epiretinal Membrane / physiopathology*,  surgery
Macula Lutea / pathology*,  physiopathology*
Middle Aged
Visual Acuity

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