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April 1949

DIATHERMY CAUTERIZATION OF THE CILIARY BODY FOR GLAUCOMA

Arch Ophthalmol. 1949;41(4):417-428. doi:10.1001/archopht.1949.00900040427003
Abstract

IN 1936 Vogt first reported his experiences with cyclodiathermy puncture in the treatment of severe and intractable glaucoma. Later he further elaborated on three and a half years' experience with this operation, in which time the complications mentioned in his first communication were reduced to a minimum. During the past seven years, my associates and I have had opportunity to try out the method, and we believe it has a definite place in the surgical treatment of the disease, especially in cases of severe glaucoma, complicated by a very shallow anterior chamber, in which a previous operation has been done.

Unfortunately, in our early cases the procedure was attempted with diathermy needles which were too thick and too long. The result was some rather severe complications, such as changes in the lens and corneal ulceration. At present, however, with the use of sufficiently small diathermy needles, complications previously encountered have

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