In 1859 Coccius first described new-formed vessels in the fundus, and several years later Mauthner and Jäger (1869) reported several cases. The latter author was acclaimed as having given a masterly description of the appearance of this condition. Leber also furnished an exact explanation.1
In some unusual cases these formations grow into the vitreous with one end attached to the retina or the disk and the other moving freely. Frequently the condition is preceded by retinitis haemorrhagica or retinitis exsudativa, due to various causes. The hemorrhage may be so dense at first that the fundus is hard to see, and one must wait until the blood is absorbed before the new-formed vessels can be seen clearly. In certain cases, however, when hemorrhage is not dense, the proliferation of the vessels can be observed in the initial state. Exudate in the fundus, which appears in acute or chronic inflammatory processes,
TAN V. FORMATION OF NEW VESSELS IN THE VITREOUS. Arch Ophthalmol. 1936;16(6):1004–1014. doi:10.1001/archopht.1936.00840240104012
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