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January 1994

Sympathetic Ophthalmia Following Laser Cyclocoagulation

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, Klinikum Steglitz, Free University of Berlin, Germany.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1994;112(1):80-84. doi:10.1001/archopht.1994.01090130090024

We describe a 49-year-old white man with sympathetic ophthalmia following contact neodymium-YAG laser cyclotherapy. There was no invasive surgery, and no perforating injuries preceded cyclodestructive therapy. The eye had hemorrhagic secondary glaucoma due to Coats' disease. It was treated three times with contact cyclophotocoagulation after cyclocryotherapy failed to lower intraocular pressure. Subsequently, the intraocular pressure slowly decreased and the eye became phthisical 15 months after the last surgery. Intraocular inflammation developed in the fellow eye and sympathetic ophthalmia was suspected. Histologic and immunohistologic study of the enucleated blind eye confirmed this diagnosis.

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