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November 1947

MACULAR HOLE WITH EXTENSIVE PERIPHERAL DETACHMENT OF RETINA

Author Affiliations

NEWARK, N. J.
From the Ophthalmic Department of the Beth Israel Hospital.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1947;38(5):596-604. doi:10.1001/archopht.1947.00900010611002
Abstract

TWO AUTHORS described hole formation in the macular area of the retina independently of each other at about the same time—Haab,1 in Switzerland, and Ogilvie,2 in England. In this connection, it is interesting to note that in the same number of the Zeitschrift1 in which the work of Haab appeared Kuhnt3 described the same entity; he did not designate it as hole formation, but called attention to peculiar macular changes in the retina (retinitis atrophicans sive rareficans centralis). This difference in definition may be responsible for Kuhnt's observation frequently going unnoticed, hole formation in the macula remaining linked to the names of Haab and Ogilvie. Haab's review of the previous literature revealed 3 cases (Hoffmann,4 Hartridge5 and Lawford6) with similar pathologic changes which probably fitted into the group of his cases; all had in common a traumatic origin and. to a greater

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