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July 1969

Retrolental Fibroplasia in the Cicatricial StageThe Complication of Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Retina Research of the Retina Foundation and the Retina Service of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1969;82(1):60-65. doi:10.1001/archopht.1969.00990020062013

Retinal detachment is one of the late complications of the cicatricial stage of retrolental fibroplasia. This condition should be considered a life-long threat to vision, and afflicted patients should be examined at least once each year for life.

This paper reports findings in 59 eyes with retrolental fibroplasia in the cicatricial stage and retinal breaks with or without retinal detachment. The clinical picture, course, and treatment are discussed. Eighty-seven percent of 39 eyes with retinal detachment which were operated on by a scleral buckling procedure had reattached retinas for six months or longer.