Coagulation Treatment and Surgery in Retinoblastoma

  • Elmar P. Messmer
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)

Abstract

Photo- and cryocoagulation in eyes with retinoblastoma are used for small tumors not affecting the optic nerve or macular area and may help to avoid radiation treatment in selected cases. Surgical removal of the eye is indicated if there is no hope of useful vision even with conservative treatment. Retinoblastoma requires stage-related treatment and the aforementioned treatment techniques should be given strong consideration in appropriate cases in view of the possible side-effects of radiation therapy. However, as most patients present with advanced disease and in view of the necessity to preserve at least some vision in bilaterally affected patients, these treatment modalities are most often used in conjunction with radiation treatment.

Keywords

Retina Glaucoma Xenon Dura Univer 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elmar P. Messmer
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  1. 1.Eye ClinicUniversity of ZürichZürichSwitzerland

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