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December 1969

Retinoblastomas Initially Misdiagnosed as Primary Ocular Inflammations

Author Affiliations

Washington, DC
From the Registry of Ophthalmic Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC. Dr. Stafford is now at the Department of Ophthalmology, St. Louis University Hospitals, St. Louis, and Dr. Yanoff is now at the Department of Ophthalmology and Laboratory of Surgical Pathology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1969;82(6):771-773. doi:10.1001/archopht.1969.00990020763008

Retinoblastomas were misdiagnosed as primary ocular inflammations without suspicion of neoplasm in 6.6% of 618 cases and as disease other than ocular inflammation in 8.3%—a total, therefore, of 14.9% misdiagnosed. Misdiagnosis and subsequent delay in therapy appeared to result in a markedly increased mortality in those cases. Intraocular retinoblastomas must be considered in the differential diagnosis of ocular inflammations of childhood.

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