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April 1979

An Elastic Pouch Operation for Large Retinal Tears

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center (Drs Lincoff and Hahn) and the Universitaets-Augenklinik, Bonn, West Germany (Dr Kreissig).

Arch Ophthalmol. 1979;97(4):708-710. doi:10.1001/archopht.1979.01020010360016

• An episcleral pouch operation that uses Dacron-reinforced silicone sheeting for the patch and silicone sponge pellets for the stuffing has been used to extend the localized radial buckling technique to retinal detachments that are caused by breaks that span a circumferential arc between 40° and 70°. Nineteen of 20 retinal detachments responded favorably to the operation, 14 without drainage of subretinal fluid. When the pouch was extended circumferentially to apply to detachments caused by breaks greater than 70°, it failed in six of seven patients because a radial configuration could no longer be maintained. The substitution of transparent silicone sheeting for donor sclera facilitates the fitting and stuffing of the pouch.

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