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Influence of untreated chronic plastic iridocyclitis on intraocular pressure in leprosy patients.
  1. M A Karaçorlu,
  2. T Cakiner and
  3. T Saylan
  1. Department of Ophthalmology, Cerrahpaşa School of Medicine, University of Istanbul, Turkey.


    The intraocular pressures of a total of 286 eyes of patients with lepromatous and borderline lepromatous leprosy who never had regular ophthalmological care or local eye treatment were measured. The patients were categorised according to the type of leprosy they had, and the eyes were categorised as without or with chronic plastic iridocyclitis. In patients with lepromatous and borderline lepromatous types of leprosy the intraocular pressure was significantly lower in eyes with chronic plastic iridocylitis 10.1 (3.6) mmHg than in both unaffected eyes 11.0 (3.2) mmHg and control eyes 13.5 (2.5) mmHg. It has been shown that chronic plastic iridocyclitis which remains untreated for years results in a lower intraocular pressure than normal.

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