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Epiretinal Membrane

A membrane on the vitreal surface of the retina resulting from the proliferation of one or more of three retinal elements: (1) fibrous astrocytes; (2) fibrocytes; and (3) RETINAL PIGMENT EPITHELIUM. Localized epiretinal membranes may occur at the posterior pole of the eye without clinical signs or may cause marked loss of vision as a result of covering, distorting, or detaching the FOVEA CENTRALIS. Epiretinal membranes may cause vascular leakage and secondary retinal edema. In younger individuals some membranes appear to be developmental in origin and occur in otherwise normal eyes. The majority occur in association with RETINAL HOLES, ocular concussions, retinal inflammation, or after ocular surgery. (Newell, Ophthalmology: Principles and Concepts, 7th ed, p291)

Year introduced: 1998

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Tree Number(s): C11.768.328

MeSH Unique ID: D019773

Entry Terms:

  • Epiretinal Membranes
  • Membrane, Epiretinal
  • Cellophane Maculopathy
  • Cellophane Maculopathies
  • Maculopathy, Cellophane
  • Premacular Fibrosis
  • Fibrosis, Premacular
  • Premacular Fibroses
  • Macular Puckers
  • Macular Pucker
  • Pucker, Macular
  • Preretinal Membrane
  • Membrane, Preretinal
  • Preretinal Membranes
  • Epimacular Membrane
  • Epimacular Membranes
  • Membrane, Epimacular
  • Surface-Wrinkling Retinopathy
  • Retinopathy, Surface-Wrinkling
  • Surface Wrinkling Retinopathy
  • Surface-Wrinkling Retinopathies
  • Preretinal Macular Fibrosis
  • Fibrosis, Preretinal Macular
  • Macular Fibrosis, Preretinal
  • Preretinal Macular Fibroses

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