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December 1949


Arch Ophthalmol. 1949;42(6):845. doi:10.1001/archopht.1949.00900050856011

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To the Editor:  —There is, at present, enough confusion on the disease entity "retrolental fibroplasia" in the literature. Unfortunately, in my opinion, this is being further added to by the use of the term "coloboma," which has appeared in a recent article, in the June 1949 issue of the Archives.Paul, in "Blood Groups and Effects of Roentgen Irradiation in Retrolental Fibroplasia," writes (page 664, case 7): "... a falciform fold of the retina in each eye. There was a coloboma of the optic nerve in the left eye." The author stated that he saw a coloboma. It is quite possible that he did. However, I doubt it, for I have watched several of these enlarged optic disks develop. It is my belief that they occur in the majority of cases of retrolental fibroplasia and that they represent a regular stage of the disease. They can be observed especially in those

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