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December 10, 1927

CONJUNCTIVAL DRAIN OF THE ANTERIOR CHAMBER: AN OPERATIVE TECHNIC USED IN ABSOLUTE GLAUCOMA

JAMA. 1927;89(24):2025-2028. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690240017006
Abstract

There is and should be a great deal of hesitancy in presenting a new operative technic aimed at the reduction of increased intra-ocular tension. This applies particularly to the hypertension of that class of cases known clinically as "absolute glaucoma." Only too often it is necessary to remove such eyeballs on account of the accompanying pain, independent of the cosmetic disfigurement. The operative technic here described was conceived with the idea of combating hypertension at any stage; but, on account of the possible dangers, it has been employed so far only in cases of absolute glaucoma. Whether or not it is equally applicable to other stages of the disease, time and experience alone can tell.

It is a well known clinical fact that the usual operations designed to relieve increased intra-ocular tension most frequently fail in absolute glaucoma. Even that operation of last resort, trephining, has an unduly high percentage

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