A 55-year-old male presented with sudden, painless diminution of vision in his left eye since 15 days. The best-corrected visual acuity was finger counting close to face with brown nuclear cataract. The Ultrasound B scan was suggestive of vitreous hemorrhage (VH) with posterior vitreous detachment. While performing combined phacoemulsification with 25-gauge pars-plana vitrectomy, inadvertently, there was a massive bleed from the stump at disc which could not be controlled with cautery or fluid/air exchange. After 1 week, a vitreous lavage was done. Fundus showed a double-helical vascular loop projecting into the vitreous cavity at the center of the optic disc suggestive of a prepapillary vascular loop [Figs 1 and 2]. Upon Fundus fluorescein angiography (FFA), there was filling of the vascular loop in the late phase with delayed filling of the inferior hemiretinal vessels [Figs 3 and 4], suggestive of the arterial origin of the loop with no ischemic insult. Optical coherence tomography showed an elevated lesion over the disc with a central lumen suggesting an arterial connection [Fig. 5].
The incidence of prepapillary loop is approximately 0.01%. They occur when evolving retinal vessels grow into a vitreous cavity within the Cloquet's canal instead of coursing into the retina. The vessel twists and turns and may acquire a loop-like structure with a glial veil. They are usually unilateral, congenital, and benign in nature. The visual complaints are branch retinal artery occlusion, hyphema, vitreous hemorrhage, and amaurosis fugax. FFA studies have demonstrated that arterial prepapillary loops are more common than venous.
Prepapillary loops must be kept in mind while dealing with massive and uncontrolled vitreous hemorrhage, like our case, which required a two-time surgical intervention.
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