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July 1972

Aphakic Flat Anterior Chamber: III. Effect of Inflation of the Anterior Chamber and Drainage of Choroidal Detachments

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Illinois, and the Eye and Ear Infirmary, University of Illinois Hospitals, Chicago.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1972;88(1):16-21. doi:10.1001/archopht.1972.01000030018005

Inflation of the anterior chamber (AC) and drainage of choroidal detachments were performed in 47 eyes with flat AC after cataract surgery. None of these eyes had an external wound-leak. Following surgical repair, the flat AC recurred for a short period of time in 61.7% of these eyes. Patients with preexisting chronic simple glaucoma had a higher incidence of flat AC after cataract surgery than those in nonglaucoma groups. Secondary glaucoma did not develop in eyes with aphakic flat AC of six days' duration or less, but did develop in 13.5% of eyes repaired after that time. To prevent secondary glaucoma, surgical repair within the first five days is suggested for eyes with flat AC unresponsive to medical therapy.

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