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June 1954


Author Affiliations

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

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1954;51(6):850-862. doi:10.1001/archopht.1954.00920040860011

EXENTERATION of the orbit is a surgical procedure that has been carried out for many centuries. Since the original description of the operation by Bartisch,1 a relatively small number of cases have been reported, and it was therefore thought worth while to review the cases of exenteration of the orbit performed at the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute during the past 25 years.

REPORT OF CASES  During the 25-year period from 1927 to 1953, there have been 48 orbital exenterations performed at the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute. Thirty-three patients were from the public wards and 15 were private.* Table 1 shows the race and sex of this group of patients. Thirty were males and 18 females. Four were Negroes, and 44 were white.The ages of the patients at the time of exenteration are shown in Table 2. The youngest patient was 9 months old, and the oldest was 75. The pathologic