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Vitreous pathobiology and pharmacologic vitreolysis

  • J. Sebag


Once regarded as a vestigial organ, vitreous is now considered an important ocular structure, at least with respect to several pathologic conditions of the posterior segment [1, 2]. In the normal state, vitreous is a clear and solid gel (Fig. 1) that is firmly adherent to the retina, especially in youth. This remarkable tissue is, in essence, an extended extracellular matrix, composed largely of water with a very small amount of structural macromolecules.


Macular Hole Vitreous Hemorrhage Posterior Vitreous Detachment Traction Retinal Detachment Vitreous Surgery 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Sebag
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  1. 1.Doheny Eye InstituteUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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