To evaluate the anatomical outcomes of primary scleral buckling (SB) procedures for pediatric rhegmatogenous retinal detachments.
Retrospective consecutive case series. One hundred and four eyes of 99 consecutive nonselected pediatric patients undergoing primary SB were identified. Baseline factors recorded were demographics, presenting clinical examination findings, previous ocular surgery, predisposing factors. Intraoperative factors recorded were the type of buckle, number and distribution of retinal breaks, number of retinal quadrants detached, macular status (involved vs. uninvolved), the use of subretinal fluid drainage, and surgical complications. Anatomical reattachment rate at last follow-up. Subgroup analysis was carried out to identify any predisposing factors for failure of primary surgery, effect of age on outcome, intraoperative pathology, effect of posterior versus anterior SB, and redetachment and secondary-procedure complications specific to SB.
The initial surgery was segmental SB alone in 87 eyes (83.6%). Retinal reattachment was achieved with 1 operation in 73% (76 of 104 eyes). Of the 28 cases that redetached, 14 eyes underwent a repeat SB procedure (success rate of this second operation: 85.7% [12 of 14 eyes]), 13 eyes underwent vitrectomy (success rate of this second operation: 38.4% [5 of 13 eyes]), and 1 case was not reoperated. Overall, the final success rate was 94% (98 of 104 eyes). Factors associated with a statistically significant increased risk of failure included more than one break; three or more quadrants of detachment; horseshoe tears; no breaks seen on preoperative examination; Stickler syndrome.
In selected cases, primary SB is an effective treatment for pediatric, rhegmatogenous retinal detachment.