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  • Author(s): Chehaibou, Ismael
  • Manoharan, Niranjan
  • Govetto, Andrea
  • Tsui, Irena
  • Hubschman, Jean-Pierre
  • et al.

PURPOSE:To report two cases of spontaneous closure of lamellar macular holes with epiretinal proliferation (ERP). METHODS:Observational cases report. RESULTS:Two patients affected with lamellar macular hole showed progressive and spontaneous closure of the hole associated with ERP development. At presentation, both patients presented with irregular foveal contour, and foveal cavitation with apparent loss of retinal tissue. In both cases, ERP, also called "lamellar hole-associated epiretinal proliferation", was present and increased in size over time. This proliferation progressively developed across the hole with apparent restoration of the foveal contour and preservation of visual acuity. CONCLUSION:This report describes two cases of lamellar macular hole in which ERP increased over time, resulting in lamellar macular hole closure. Such observations may suggest a spontaneous healing process driven by glial cell proliferation.

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