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April 1984

Retinal Microincarceration With Penetrating Diathermy in the Management of Giant Retinal Tears

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Chicago.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1984;102(4):562-565. doi:10.1001/archopht.1984.01040030440021

• A technique for repair of giant retinal breaks with detachment involves the performance of lensectomy—sector iridectomy, vitrectomy, and scleral buckling behind the equator. Total fluid-gas exchange is performed while the patient is turned to the prone position on a rotating table. Penetrating diathermy is used to fix the retina and to create retinal microincarceration while air is simultaneously injected into the eye.