[Skip to Content]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
[Skip to Content Landing]
October 21, 1893

A CASE OF SYMPATHETIC NEURITIS AFTER EVISCERATION OF THE EYEBALL.Read before the Section on Ophthalmology at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association.

Author Affiliations


JAMA. 1893;XXI(17):596-598. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420690004001a

Evisceration of the eyeball was introduced by Prof. Graefe in Germany and Dr. Mules in England ten years ago as a substitute for enucleation, for the reason that it was a less dangerous operation and furnished better conditions for the artificial eye. The first report on a larger number of eviscerations performed by Graefe seemed to sustain the favorable opinion of the originators; for among 240 eviscerations there was neither a death nor an instance of sympathetic inflammation after the operation.

But soon matters began to take a different aspect. Prof. Schuleck of Budapest, for instance, lost two patients among thirty-six eviscerations in the first week after the operation; and Dr. Cross reported two cases of sympathetic ophthalmitis occurring after evisceration. But as Dr. Cross had inserted a socalled artificial vitreous, it was maintained the sympathetic inflammation in these cases could not be charged to the operation, but was induced

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview