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April 1986

Subretinal Neovascularization Following Metallic Intraocular Foreign-Body Trauma

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Ill (Dr Trimble), and the Retina Research Fund, St Mary's Hospital and Medical Center, and the Department of Ophthalmology, University of California, San Francisco (Dr Schatz).

Arch Ophthalmol. 1986;104(4):515-519. doi:10.1001/archopht.1986.01050160071014

• Two patients developed subretinal neovascularization after chorioretinal injury from a metallic intraocular foreign body. In the first patient, a metallic foreign body struck the retina temporal to the macula and settled inferiorly. Eight months later, subretinal neovascularization developed at the initial impact site. In the second patient, a piece of silver wire became embedded in the retina and choroid near the macula, and subretinal neovascularization occurred six months later at the nasal end of the wire. In both patients, the subretinal neovascularization was confirmed with fluorescein angiography and successfully obliterated with argon laser photocoagulation.

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