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June 1982

Hyphema Complicating Laser Iridotomy

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Ophthalmology, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1982;100(6):924-925. doi:10.1001/archopht.1982.01030030932005

• Hyphema resulting from a laser iridotomy (iridectomy) occurred in a patient with chronic subclinical angle closure glaucoma. This complication has been described previously in patients with rubeosis iridis and uveitis and in patients receiving anticoagulant drugs, but to our knowledge, this is the first report of a hyphema resulting from a laser iridotomy in a patient having no known predisposing pathological condition, either ocular or systemic. While no complications of hyphema were encountered in this patient, we recommend that this rare complication be kept in mind whenever a laser iridotomy is contemplated.

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