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Epiretinal Membrane MeSH Descriptor Data 2024

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Epiretinal Membrane
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note category: a retinal disease
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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)
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Cellophane Maculopathy
Epimacular Membrane
Macular Puckers
Premacular Fibrosis
Preretinal Macular Fibrosis
Preretinal Membrane
Surface-Wrinkling Retinopathy
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Retina (1974-1997)
Retinal Diseases (1976-1997)
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Epiretinal Membrane Preferred
Preretinal Macular Fibrosis Narrower
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