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January 1981

The Natural History of Diabetic Extramacular Traction Retinal Detachment

Author Affiliations

From the Vitreo-Retinal Research Foundation (Dr Charles), and the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences and the Methodist Hospital (Dr Flinn), Memphis.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1981;99(1):66-68. doi:10.1001/archopht.1981.03930010068003

• There is a difference of opinion concerning the advisability of surgery for extramacular traction retinal detachment (EMTRD) in diabetic patients before development of macular detachment. Ninety-nine eyes with EMTRD of 84 diabetic patients observed without surgery had a detachment rate of 13.8% in one year. This rate compares favorably with the reported 30% to 47% failure rate for diabetic eyes subjected to vitrectomy.

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