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.
A.M.A. Archives of Ophthalmology – American Medical Association
Published: Dec 1, 1952
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