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PSYCHOSES COMPLICATING RECOVERY FROM EXTRACTION OF CATARACT

PSYCHOSES COMPLICATING RECOVERY FROM EXTRACTION OF CATARACT Abstract Psychoses complicate recovery from operations for cataract fairly frequently. Various authors1 have stated that serious mental disturbances occur in approximately 3 per cent of all cases in which an operation is performed. Although statistical evidence is not available, one gains the impression from a review of the literature that psychoses are more frequent in ophthalmologic than in general surgical practice. Surgeons2 have emphasized that a severe mental disturbance after an operation on the eye constitutes a grave danger to the patient. It is customary to bandage both eyes after operation; so an excited patient is apt to injure himself by falling out of bed or by colliding with objects in the room. The eye which recently has been operated on is in an extremely delicate condition. It may be irreparably damaged if the intra-ocular pressure is raised by sudden movement or if the dressings are torn off by References 1. Parker, W. R.: Postcataract Extraction Delirium: Report of Eleven Cases , J. A. M. A. 61:1174 ( (Sept. 27) ) 1913.Crossref 2. Brownell, M. E.: Cataract Deliriums , J. Michigan M. Soc. 16:282 ( (June) ) 1917. 3. Greenwood, A.: Mental Disturbances Following Operations for Cataract , J. A. M. A. 91:1713 ( (Dec. 1) ) 1928.Crossref 4. Bruns, H. D.: After-Treatment of Cataract , Ann. Ophth. 25:718 ( (Oct.) ) 1916. 5. Greenwood.1c 6. Bailey, F. W.: Cataract Operations Performed upon Patients in Their Own Beds , J. Iowa M. Soc. 18:8 ( (Jan.) ) 1928. 7. Wilson, M. W.: Nursing Care in Adult Cataract Cases , Am. J. Nursing 31:33 ( (Jan.) ) 1931. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Neurology & Psychiatry American Medical Association

PSYCHOSES COMPLICATING RECOVERY FROM EXTRACTION OF CATARACT

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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1937 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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0096-6754
DOI
10.1001/archneurpsyc.1937.02260220162009
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Abstract

Abstract Psychoses complicate recovery from operations for cataract fairly frequently. Various authors1 have stated that serious mental disturbances occur in approximately 3 per cent of all cases in which an operation is performed. Although statistical evidence is not available, one gains the impression from a review of the literature that psychoses are more frequent in ophthalmologic than in general surgical practice. Surgeons2 have emphasized that a severe mental disturbance after an operation on the eye constitutes a grave danger to the patient. It is customary to bandage both eyes after operation; so an excited patient is apt to injure himself by falling out of bed or by colliding with objects in the room. The eye which recently has been operated on is in an extremely delicate condition. It may be irreparably damaged if the intra-ocular pressure is raised by sudden movement or if the dressings are torn off by References 1. Parker, W. R.: Postcataract Extraction Delirium: Report of Eleven Cases , J. A. M. A. 61:1174 ( (Sept. 27) ) 1913.Crossref 2. Brownell, M. E.: Cataract Deliriums , J. Michigan M. Soc. 16:282 ( (June) ) 1917. 3. Greenwood, A.: Mental Disturbances Following Operations for Cataract , J. A. M. A. 91:1713 ( (Dec. 1) ) 1928.Crossref 4. Bruns, H. D.: After-Treatment of Cataract , Ann. Ophth. 25:718 ( (Oct.) ) 1916. 5. Greenwood.1c 6. Bailey, F. W.: Cataract Operations Performed upon Patients in Their Own Beds , J. Iowa M. Soc. 18:8 ( (Jan.) ) 1928. 7. Wilson, M. W.: Nursing Care in Adult Cataract Cases , Am. J. Nursing 31:33 ( (Jan.) ) 1931.

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Archives of Neurology & PsychiatryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Oct 1, 1937

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