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January 2001

Two Concerns About Obtaining Maximal Optic Nerve Length During Enucleation

Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(1):143-144. doi:

I read with interest the recent article by Coats et al.1 As the authors point out, obtaining a large optic nerve stump is important in the management of retinoblastoma, and all attempts to maximize this potential should be considered. For years Dr Reese, Dr Ellsworth, and I have taught that enucleations performed with mildly curved scissors obtain longer optic nerves, and it is nice to see some experimental proof of our teachings and clinical impressions in close to 1000 enucleations for retinoblastoma during the past 50 years.

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