To investigate a possible relationship between evisceration and sympathetic ophthalmia.
Data from Mt. Sinai Medical Center and University Hospitals of Cleveland were collected and histopathologic specimens were reviewed for 51 of 90 patients who underwent evisceration between 1980 and 1996 and who returned for follow-up examinations. Additionally, a survey was sent to members of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the Uveitis Society, and the Eastern Ophthalmic Pathology Society to determine the number of enucleations and eviscerations performed and the documented incidence of sympathetic ophthalmia after evisceration.
No clinical or histopathologic evidence of sympathetic ophthalmia after evisceration was found among patients treated at the two medical centers. The collective surveys showed a strong preference for enucleation over evisceration, but did not document evidence of sympathetic ophthalmia after evisceration.
Evisceration is an effective and safe procedure with a low risk for sympathetic ophthalmia.
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