Open Access Open Badges Case report

Multifocal electroretinogram and Optical Coherence tomography spectral-domain in arc welding macular injury: a case report

Mauro Cellini*, Roberto Gattegna, Pier Giorgio Toschi, Ernesto Strobbe and Emilio C Campos

Author Affiliations

Department of Specialistic Surgery and Anesthesiology Science, University Ophthalmology Unit, S. Orsola Malpighi-Hospital, Pelagio Palagi 9, Bologna, 40138, Italy

For all author emails, please log on.

BMC Ophthalmology 2011, 11:40  doi:10.1186/1471-2415-11-40

Published: 30 December 2011



the purpose of this study was to report a binocular photic retinal injury induced by plasma arc welding and the follow-up after treatment with vitamin supplements for a month. In our study, we used different diagnostic tools such as fluorescein angiography (FA), optical coherence tomography (OCT) and multifocal electroretinogram (mfERG).

Case presentation

in the first visit after five days from arc welding injury in the left eye (LE) the visual acuity was 0.9 and 1.0 in the right eye (RE). FA was normal in both eyes. OCT in the left eye showed normal profile and normal reflectivity and one month later, a hyperreflectivity appeared in the external limiting membrane (ELM). The mfERG signal in the LE was 102.30 nV/deg2 five days after the injury and 112.62 nV/deg2 after one month and in the RE respectively 142.70 nV/deg2 and 159.46 nV/deg2.


in cases of retinal photo injury it is important for the ophthalmologist to evaluate tests such as OCT and the mfERG in the diagnosis and follow-up of the patient because the recovery of visual acuity cannot exclude the persistence of phototoxic damage charged to the complex inner-outer segment of photoreceptors.