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June 1937

REPAIR OF RUPTURE OF THE WOUND AFTER EXTRACTION OF CATARACT: REPORT OF CASES

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO
From the Division of Ophthalmology, the University of Chicago, Dr. E. V. L. Brown, Director.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1937;17(6):1073-1075. doi:10.1001/archopht.1937.00850060129011
Abstract

Rupture of the wound may occur at any time after extraction of a lens. The mishap occurs most frequently on the fourth or fifth postoperative day. It may be the result of a severe spell of sneezing or coughing, a blow by the patient himself, straining, squeezing of the lids or accidental pressure on the globe when the dressing is being done. It may be caused by a slight or severe hemorrhage or may even happen without any apparent cause.

While I was visiting the Second Eye Clinic in Vienna in 1926, Docent Guist showed me six patients in the same ward in which rupture had developed on the fourth day after operation, and he was almost frantic in his search for the cause, which was never determined.

During the 1932 season at Shikarpur Sind, India, rupture of the wound occurred in twenty-one of 1,004 cases.1 Eleven of

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