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September 1961

Necrosis of Uvea, Sclera, and Retina Following Operations for Retinal Detachment

Author Affiliations

Washington, D.C.
From the Registry of Ophthalmic Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington 25, D.C.
Chief, Ophthalmic Pathology Branch, and Registrar, Registry of Ophthalmic Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (Dr. Zimmerman).
Former Special Trainee, National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Blindness, National Institutes of Health. Present address: Baylor University, College of Medicine, Houston, Texas (Dr. Boniuk).

Arch Ophthalmol. 1961;66(3):318-326. doi:10.1001/archopht.1961.00960010320005

In recent years there have been many advances in the surgical treatment of retinal detachments. At the present time the surgeon may choose from a wide variety of surgical techniques. In most of these procedures he detaches one or more rectus muscles and employs transscleral diathermy. In spite of the damage to the blood supply of the eye produced by these techniques, little has been written about the resulting complications. In this report, we will describe the cause and complications of necrosis of the iris, ciliary body, choroid, sclera, and retina following certain operations for retinal detachment. Since the pathogenesis of necrosis of the iris and ciliary body is believed to be different from that of the sclera, choroid, and retina, these 2 groups will be discussed separately. The statistical data used in this report are based entirely on specimens on file at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology examined