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September 1970

Giant Retinal Dialysis and Tear: Surgical Repair

Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn
From the Section of Ophthalmology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1970;84(3):312-315. doi:10.1001/archopht.1970.00990040314010

THE surgical repair of retinal detachment associated with a small retinal dialysis is accomplished with a high rate of success by most retinal surgeons,1,2 regardless of the specific technique employed. In contrast, detachments associated with giant dialyses have been corrected with less success, especially if the posterior edges are rolled, and in some instances attempted repair has not even been tried.1 In this report, a technique is described which permitted a giant dialysis and tear with rolled edge to be successfully reattached.

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