Corneal blood staining secondary to hemorrhagic descemet membrane detachment

Poonam S. Sharma, Donald U. Stone

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PURPOSE: To present a case of corneal blood staining due to a hemorrhagic Descemet membrane detachment and describe a method of surgical intervention. METHODS: Observation of clinical features and outcome of surgical intervention. RESULTS: A 72-year-old man had an anterior-chamber intraocular lens removed for presumed uveitis-glaucoma-hyphema syndrome, and he developed an intraoperative hemorrhagic detachment of the Descemet membrane attributed to peripheral corneal neovascularization. Corneal blood staining rapidly developed, and a partial-thickness paracentesis was required to evacuate the lamellar hematoma and allow reattachment of the Descemet membrane. CONCLUSIONS: Hemorrhage from posterior corneal vessels can result in a hemorrhagic detachment of the Descemet membrane. Corneal blood staining can develop rapidly in an intracorneal or retrocorneal hemorrhage. The blood can be removed without incising the Descemet membrane by making a partial-thickness paracentesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1273-1274
Number of pages2
Issue number10
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007


  • Corneal blood staining
  • Corneal hematoma
  • Descemet membrane detachment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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