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June 1984

Vitrectomy and Whipple's Disease

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Ophthalmology, University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Chicago (Drs Durant, Flood, Goldberg, Tso, and Peyman) and the University of California, Irvine (Dr Pasquali).

Arch Ophthalmol. 1984;102(6):848-851. doi:10.1001/archopht.1984.01040030668014

• We diagnosed Whipple's disease from the vitreous aspirate of two patients who underwent vitrectomies. In one case, the vitrectomy specimen would have indicated the diagnosis three years before the jejunal biopsy was performed had the appropriate PAS stain been used. In the second case, the PAS-positive macrophages were identified at the time of surgery.

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