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October 1, 1898

ON THE USE OF EPITHELIAL GRAFTS FOR REPLACING THE OCULAR CONJUNCTIVA.

Author Affiliations

PROFESSOR OF OPHTHALMOLOGY AND OTOLOGY, RUSH MEDICAL COLLEGE, CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(14):775-777. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450140029001m
Abstract

The unsatisfactory results obtained by the transplantation of rabbit's conjunctiva upon the eyeball, the laborious work of freeing from all shreds of submucous tissue the mucous flaps cut out with scissors or scalpels; and on the other hand, the ease with which Thiersch's skin grafts can be obtained and the certainty with which they grow in their new bed, have induced me many years ago to make use of Thiersch's grafts in operations for pterygium, symblepharon and other conditions where it was desirable to replace lost conjunctiva. The results obtained by these operations were very satisfactory; the grafts answered the purpose for which they were implanted; in many instances they became after some time as smooth and glossy as the surrounding conjunctiva; and though in other cases they continued producing a white coating of epidermis cells, I have never found this condition to cause any irritation. Still I have always

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