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August 1937

ASTROCYTOMA (TRUE GLIOMA) OF THE RETINA: REPORT OF A CASE

Author Affiliations

BALTIMORE
From the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and University.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1937;18(2):255-262. doi:10.1001/archopht.1937.00850080077007
Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to report an apparently unique retinal tumor. So far as can be found, no similar tumor has been reported in the literature. This tumor is a true glioma of the retina—an astrocytoma.

The term glioma of the retina was first used by Virchow to describe tumors now known as retinoblastoma. It was later pointed out that such tumors were not glial in nature and differed essentially from the true gliomas of the brain to which they had been likened. Wintersteiner,1 following Flexner's2 lead, introduced the term neuro-epithelioma retinae, and Verhoeff3 suggested the better name retinoblastoma, by which the tumor is now known in this country. With the exception of a few French authors,4 ophthalmologists have abandoned the term glioma of the retina, generally believing such an entity does not exist. However Verhoeff in 1932,5 in reviewing the

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