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November 1963

Retinal PitsA Study of Pathologic Findings in Two Cases

Author Affiliations

Washington, DC
From the Registry of Ophthalmic Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC.; Charles and Viola Charcowsky Fellowship Award through the American Friends of the Hebrew University (Dr. Meyer), New York.; Present address of Dr. Kurz: Hunterdon Medical Center, Flemington, NJ; former Special Fellow in Ophthalmic Pathology, National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Blindness, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1963;70(5):640-646. doi:10.1001/archopht.1963.00960050642010

In addition to reporting on a variety of retinal breaks observed in eyes obtained at autopsy, Okun1 described at least one instance of a cluster of many partial breaks located in an area with severely sclerotic retinal vessels. Similarly localized groups of defects in the retina have recently been observed in two surgically removed eyes. Grossly these had a pit-like appearance, and on histologic examination they proved to be the result of loss of substance from the inner retinal layers in narrow localized areas.

Case 1  A 78-year-old white woman had a seven-year history of absolute glaucoma in the right eye. She had received two retrobulbar alcohol injections. There was bullous keratopathy, and the media were too cloudy to permit visualization of the retina during the time she was under the care of her ophthalmologist. The eye was enucleated because of pain. The corrected visual acuity in the aphakic

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