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PTERYGIUM PROBLEMS IN THE CANAL ZONE

PTERYGIUM PROBLEMS IN THE CANAL ZONE Abstract THE MANAGEMENT of pterygia in the tropical area of the Canal Zone is one of the paramount problems confronting the ophthalmologist. During the years 1950 and 1951 a total of 170 patients had surgical removal of pterygia at Gorgas Hospital. Of this group only 18% were American white persons; 82% were Panamanians employed by the Canal Zone. The Panamanian group included Jamaicans and scattered units from other Central-American countries now living in Panama. Only one-fourth of this group were females. Sixty-five per cent of these patients were between the ages of 20 and 40. A Negro girl aged 7 years was operated on in this series. Fifty-six patients had an operation for pterygium on the right eye, 59 on the left eye, and 53 on both eyes. On 100 patients a McReynolds or a modified McReynolds transplantation was done. A resection was performed on 70 patients. The resection type of References 1. D'Ombrain, A.: Surgical Treatment of Pterygium , Brit. J. Ophth. 32:65 ( (Feb.) ) 1948.Crossref 2. Sugar, H. S.: A Surgical Treatment for Pterygium Based on New Concepts as to Its Nature , Am. J. Ophth. 32:912 ( (July) ) 1949. 3. McGavic, John S.: Surgical Treatment of Recurrent Pterygium , Arch. Ophth. 42:726 ( (Dec.) ) 1949.Crossref 4. King, J. H., Jr.: The Pterygium: Brief Review and Evaluation of Certain Methods of Treatment , Arch. Ophth. 44:854 ( (Dec.) ) 1950.Crossref 5. Gerundo, M.: On the Etiology and Pathology of Pterygium , Am. J. Ophth. 34:851 ( (June) ) 1951. 6. Duke-Elder, W. S.: Text-Book of Ophthalmology Vol. 2, St. Louis, C. V. Mosby Company, 1940, p. 2,000. 7. Kamel, S.: Pterygium: Its Nature and a New Line of Treatment , Brit. J. Ophth. 30:549 ( (Sept.) ) 1946.Crossref 8. Berens, C.: The Eye and Its Diseases , Ed. 2, Philadelphia, W. B. Saunders Company, 1949. 9. Hilgartner, H. L.; Wilson, R. T., and Wilson, J. D.: Surgical Treatment of Pterygia Followed by X-Ray Therapy to Prevent Recurrence , Am. J. Ophth. 31:667 ( (June) ) 1948. 10. Woods, A. C.: Clinical and Experimental Observation on the Use of ACTH and Cortisone in Ocular Inflammatory Disease , Am. J. Ophth. 33:1325 ( (Sept.) ) 1950. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png A.M.A. Archives of Ophthalmology American Medical Association

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10.1001/archopht.1952.00920010728007
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Abstract THE MANAGEMENT of pterygia in the tropical area of the Canal Zone is one of the paramount problems confronting the ophthalmologist. During the years 1950 and 1951 a total of 170 patients had surgical removal of pterygia at Gorgas Hospital. Of this group only 18% were American white persons; 82% were Panamanians employed by the Canal Zone. The Panamanian group included Jamaicans and scattered units from other Central-American countries now living in Panama. Only one-fourth of this group were females. Sixty-five per cent of these patients were between the ages of 20 and 40. A Negro girl aged 7 years was operated on in this series. Fifty-six patients had an operation for pterygium on the right eye, 59 on the left eye, and 53 on both eyes. On 100 patients a McReynolds or a modified McReynolds transplantation was done. A resection was performed on 70 patients. The resection type of References 1. D'Ombrain, A.: Surgical Treatment of Pterygium , Brit. J. Ophth. 32:65 ( (Feb.) ) 1948.Crossref 2. Sugar, H. S.: A Surgical Treatment for Pterygium Based on New Concepts as to Its Nature , Am. J. Ophth. 32:912 ( (July) ) 1949. 3. McGavic, John S.: Surgical Treatment of Recurrent Pterygium , Arch. Ophth. 42:726 ( (Dec.) ) 1949.Crossref 4. King, J. H., Jr.: The Pterygium: Brief Review and Evaluation of Certain Methods of Treatment , Arch. Ophth. 44:854 ( (Dec.) ) 1950.Crossref 5. Gerundo, M.: On the Etiology and Pathology of Pterygium , Am. J. Ophth. 34:851 ( (June) ) 1951. 6. Duke-Elder, W. S.: Text-Book of Ophthalmology Vol. 2, St. Louis, C. V. Mosby Company, 1940, p. 2,000. 7. Kamel, S.: Pterygium: Its Nature and a New Line of Treatment , Brit. J. Ophth. 30:549 ( (Sept.) ) 1946.Crossref 8. Berens, C.: The Eye and Its Diseases , Ed. 2, Philadelphia, W. B. Saunders Company, 1949. 9. Hilgartner, H. L.; Wilson, R. T., and Wilson, J. D.: Surgical Treatment of Pterygia Followed by X-Ray Therapy to Prevent Recurrence , Am. J. Ophth. 31:667 ( (June) ) 1948. 10. Woods, A. C.: Clinical and Experimental Observation on the Use of ACTH and Cortisone in Ocular Inflammatory Disease , Am. J. Ophth. 33:1325 ( (Sept.) ) 1950.

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A.M.A. Archives of OphthalmologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Dec 1, 1952

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