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April 1937

PROGNOSIS OF POSTOPERATIVE SYMPATHETIC OPHTHALMIAA STATISTICAL STUDY

Author Affiliations

SYRACUSE, N. Y.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1937;17(4):677-693. doi:10.1001/archopht.1937.00850040111007
Abstract

There are many factors which make a study of collected cases of sympathetic ophthalmia difficult and somewhat unsatisfactory. The question of diagnosis is disturbing, as much depends on interpretation not only of the clinical signs but of the histologic picture. Unfortunately, histologic examination is so often omitted that the number of cases that can be collected in which the diagnosis has been confirmed is materially reduced. Then there are the questions of the type of therapy used and the time it was started, and the condition of the sympathizing eye when treatment was instituted. Furthermore, each case is an entity in itself, and the disorder may be dependent on entirely different factors from those in a similar disorder produced under the same conditions. This variation in the different factors which enter into sympathetic inflammation is confusing and unless carefully considered may lead to incorrect conclusions. Nevertheless, such

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