In a previous article the experimental replacement of vitreous by polygeline (Haemaccel, Great Britain and Germany) in rabbits was discussed.1 Since the results of these experiments were favorable, the author applied the solution clinically in cases of retinal detachment.
Material and Method
The commercially available 3.5% solution of polygeline was used in 15 patients with retinal detachment. A new sterile bottle was opened for each patient to prevent bacteriological contamination during aspiration which might be disastrous for the eye in view of the fact that polygeline is a good culture medium.Polygeline was used subsequent to scleral diathermy, in most patients combined with scleral resection, according to the method described by Hagedoorn and Velzeboer.2 Injection of the drug was resorted to only when, after removal of subretinal fluid by a sclerochoroidal incision, the ocular tension remained low despite shortening of the eyeball. In our operating room a sterile
OOSTERHUIS JA. Polygeline as a Vitreous SubstituteII. Clinical Results. Arch Ophthalmol. 1966;76(3):374-377. doi:10.1001/archopht.1966.03850010376014