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August 1957

Evaluation of Scleral Tucking Procedure for Retinal Detachment

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1957;58(2):251-255. doi:10.1001/archopht.1957.00940010263013

Recently, Everett1 described his operation producing an external scleral fold in the treatment of detachment of the retina. According to Everett, such scleral folding, or tucking, is deemed worthy of serious consideration because it is technically simple and should, theoretically, produce the same result as the more extensive and complicated scleral resection. We became curious to study the histologic changes in the sclera created in this procedure, with a view to evaluating, if possible, the effectiveness and permanency of the operation.

It was our intention to create an outward fold of sclera, pass sutures through the fold, and examine the tissues after suitable intervals of time in order to ascertain whether adhesions formed between the scleral surfaces brought into apposition in this simple manner. We wished to determine whether a solid union would result and whether fibrosis and scar formation would ensue in the fashion of a healing wound.

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