In a recent letter to the editor of The Journal of the American Medical Association Jean1 discussed the inadequacy of intra-orbital operations in certain cases of glioma of the retina. He stated: "Glioma of the retina is a terrible disease and demands primarily brain and not eye surgery. When it kills, it does so practically always by direct extension of the tumor backward through the optic nerve to the brain. The surgical problem, then, is always to remove all the nerve possible."
That there is a close analogy between glioma of the retina and certain forms of glioma of the brain is apparent. In fact, the term glioma of the retina as used today is analogous to the term glioma of the brain as used a decade or more ago. Since the advent of newer staining methods, gliomas of the brain have been much more definitely classified,
RAND CW. GLIOMA OF THE RETINA: REPORT OF A CASE WITH INTRACRANIAL EXTENSION. Arch Ophthalmol. 1934;11(6):982–994. doi:10.1001/archopht.1934.00830130066011
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