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June 1959

The Occurrence of Glaucoma Following Occlusion of the Central Retinal Artery: A Clinicopathologic Report of Six New Cases with a Review of the Literature

Author Affiliations

Washington, D. C.
From the Registry of Ophthalmic Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.; Resident in Ophthalmology, Washington Hospitat Center (Dr. Perraut), and Chief, Ophthalmic Pathology Branch, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (Dr. Zimmerman).

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1959;61(6):845-865. doi:10.1001/archopht.1959.00940090847001

During the course of routine histopathologic study of glaucomatous eyes at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, a number of cases have been encountered in which the glaucoma apparently followed an occlusion of the central retinal artery. That glaucoma often follows an occlusion of the central retinal vein is well known, but may glaucoma also be related pathogenetically to occlusion of the central retinal artery? This question led us to further study and finally prompted this report.

Duke-Elder,1 in referring to the complications of occlusion of the central retinal artery, states, "secondary glaucoma has rarely occurred; in some cases it has been due to inflammatory and neovascular changes at the filtration angle, and in others it has been associated with a co-existent venous thrombosis," but he gives no additional discussion or specific references. Sommers,2 after discussing the possible causes of glaucoma after occlusion of the central vein, states

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