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The author took as subject for his thesis the work done by his father, Prof. Gilbert Sourdille of Nantes, on the treatment for retinal detachments which the son had the opportunity of following up in all its details. After passing in review in the first two chapters the theories on the pathogenesis and the numerous methods of treatment, he gives a detailed description of the Sourdille method.
The principle underlying Sourdille's procedure is as follows: On account of a pathologic process going on in the vascular system of the choroid and principally in the choriocapillaris, a separation takes place between the retina and its pigment epithelium layer, and fluid accumulates underneath the retina. The object of the treatment is to evacuate this fluid as completely as possible and to cause a reaction in the choroid which should result in an adhesion between it and the retina. The choroidal reaction
Schoenberg MJ. Succès opératoires dans le traitement du décollement retinien ; est-il indispensable d'obturer la déchirure?. Arch Ophthalmol. 1931;5(2):318–319. doi:10.1001/archopht.1931.00820020170019
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