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November 1937

SURGICAL INTERVENTION FOR CATARACT: FROM THE PREOPERATIVE AND POSTOPERATIVE STANDPOINTS

Arch Ophthalmol. 1937;18(5):827-837. doi:10.1001/archopht.1937.00850110143014
Abstract

In this review I propose to take up the question of the survey of the case prior to operation for cataract, the choice of the operation to be performed and the most frequent postoperative complications and the way in which they may be combated.

SURVEY OF THE CASE

Of all the conditions which may mitigate against a successful outcome of an operation for cataract, that of a distant focus of infection is, in my opinion, undoubtedly the most frequent. Of such foci, that of diseased teeth is the one most frequently found. In the dental survey not only an inspection is desirable, but also a roentgen examination, since apical infections, abscesses and pyorrheal pockets are usually revealed by such a procedure. In case an apical abscess is revealed, extraction is the only satisfactory method of treatment, for although drainage and treatment may relieve the condition, the danger of a

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