In 1932, Dimissianos1 stated that the retina had probably never been involved by a metastatic carcinoma. Morax,2 in his book on malignant conditions of the visual apparatus, made no mention of secondary retinal carcinoma, while Fuchs3 wrote in his textbook that "carcinoma and sarcoma (primary and secondary) have been described as occurring, though very rarely, in the retina." Friedenwald,4 Collins and Mayou5 and Parsons6 did not record a single case in their writings. The comprehensive volumes on the pathology of the eye in the Henke-Lubarsch System7 also say nothing of the condition, yet in 1926 Sattler,8 in his work on malignant tumors of the eye, claimed to report the only occurring case of metastatic carcinoma to the optic nerve and retina.
Let us examine Sattler's case in a little more detail. It was that of a man of 30, who had
SMOLEROFF JW, AGATSTON SA. METASTATIC CARCINOMA OF THE RETINA: REPORT OF A CASE, WITH PATHOLOGIC OBSERVATIONS. Arch Ophthalmol. 1934;12(3):359–365. doi:10.1001/archopht.1934.00830160063007
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