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August 1985

Staphyloma Formation as a Complication of Ultrasound Treatment in Glaucoma

Arch Ophthalmol. 1985;103(8):1113. doi:10.1001/archopht.1985.01050080025009

To the Editor.  —At the 1983 meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Coleman and co-workers reported on the use of focused ultrasound to decrease aqueous production and reduce the intraocular pressure of patients with secondary glaucoma. Heightened publicity about the technique in the lay press has resulted in a relatively high degree of awareness, especially in patients with glaucoma. Only recently have the first clinical results of this treatment been published, and that report included little information about potential side effects or complications.1 We describe herein one potentially serious problem.

Report of a Case.  —A 7-year-old boy had a history of congenital bilateral cataract. Cataract surgery was performed in the left eye at age 1 month, followed by a second procedure at approximately 10 months of age. The cataract in the right eye was extracted at about 13 months of age.In 1984, the patient was seen by

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