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From the Archives of the Archives
September 2001

A look at the past . . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(9):1257. doi:10.1001/archopht.119.9.1257

Septic Embolism of the Retina Following Extraction of a Carious Tooth

A patient 40 years old had a tooth extracted. Immediately afterwards a high septic fever set in. Three days later the patient noticed loss of vision, and there was to be seen in the region of the macula a large, elevated white patch with a network of little retinal vessels at its margin and some hemorrhages on its surface.

Reference: Foster M. Progress of ophthalmology. Arch Ophthalmol. 1925;54:104.

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