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July 1989

Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment Following Cryotherapy in Retinopathy of Prematurity

Author Affiliations

From the Retina Service, Wills Eye Hospital and Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pa.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1989;107(7):1017-1018. doi:10.1001/archopht.1989.01070020079034

• Three patients who had been treated with transscleral cryotherapy to the avascular retina for stage 3+ retinopathy of prematurity with threshold disease had total rhegmatogenous retinal detachments develop. In each case, the retinal detachment developed more than 1 year after treatment and resulted from a tear at the junction of the treated and untreated retina. Rhegmatogenous retinal detachment is a late complication of transscleral cryotherapy that to our knowledge has not previously been documented.

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