eLetters

180 e-Letters

published between 2001 and 2004

  • Analysis of GDx printout
    Stefano Da Pozzo

    Dear Editor

    The paper by Munkvitz et al. deals with the interpretation of the Nerve Fiber Analyzer (NFA) printout in a sample of healthy and advanced or early glaucomatous eyes. Three independent readers, at different levels of clinical experience, classified GDx printouts while being masked with respect to the eye condition and optic disc pictures. A questionnaire was used by readers to determine diagnosis but n...

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  • Developmental mosaicism in the eye may follow the “lines of Blaschko”
    Carsten H. Meyer

    Dear Editor

    Developmental mosaicism in the eye may follow the “lines of Blaschko” Ruggieri M et al. nicely described the ophthalmological manifestations in segmental neurofibromatosis type 1 [1]. They postulated that segmental NF1 is a somatic mosaicism for the NF1-gene expressing two different embryological tissues in the eye.

    Previously we described a patient with unilateral sectorial hyperpigmented ski...

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  • Authors' Response
    Lawrence M. Buono

    Dear Editor

    We thank Dr Masood for his interest in our manuscript [1]. Clearly in some cases of giant cell arteritis (GCA), treatment with high dose corticosteroids alone is insufficient. The use of adjunctive heparin proved to be beneficial in our patient, although the reason is not clear [1]. Thrombocytosis has been shown to occur in a large percentage of patients with GCA [2, 3]. However, there is no convin...

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  • Authors' reply
    Meilssa M. Brown

    Dear Editor

    We thank Drs. Kymes and Frick for their excellent letter regarding utility analysis as a health-related quality of life instrument. We agree that the use of primarily function-based quality of life instruments such as the NEI-VFQ-25 may result in missing many important variables in the quality of life arena, as well as limit applicability across all diseases.1 In contrast, preference-based quality of...

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  • Investigating the response of periocular triamcinolone for Thyroid Associated Ophthalmopathy.
    Damian B Lake

    Dear Editor

    We read with interest the article by Ebner et al [1] investigating the efficacy of periocular triamcinolone for the treatment of Thyroid Associated Ophthalmopathy (TAO) and the presence of ocular or systemic adverse effects also previously published in 2001 [2]. The study used patients with TAO of less than 6 months duration previously untre...

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  • Authors' reply
    Vasileios Peponis

    Dear Editor,

    We appreciate the comments of Sridhar et al. regarding our letter: “The role of corticosteroids in fungal keratitis: a different view” published in your journal [1]. The authors comment on our recommendation for a gradual tapering of corticosteroids in cases where steroids were used for the treatment of initially misdiagnosed fungal corneal infections.

    As mentioned in our cases rep...

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  • Possible error in Venn Diagram
    Krishnappa C Madhusudhana

    Dear Editor

    We read the interesting article by L Wickham and associates, “Vitrectomy and gas for inferior break retinal detachments: are the results comparable to vitrectomy, gas and scleral buckle?” [1]. They have compared the results of vitrectomy and gas without scleral buckle (Group A) with, vitrectomy and gas with scleral buckle (Group B) for inferior break retinal detachments. We would like to point out to a...

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  • Value-based medicine: Let's get it right
    Steven M. Kymes

    Dear Editor

    In a fine recent editorial, Drs. Melissa and Gary Brown raised issues at the nexus of health policy and clinical science [1]. As utility assessment is relatively new to the visual sciences, understanding both the assumptions behind this work and the consequences of relaxing those assumptions is essential for high quality research and appropriate interpretation of the results.

    The use of com...

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  • Author! Author!
    Ian C Francis

    Dear Editor

    We thank the BJO for publishing our Letter to the Editor regarding appending authors' qualifications [1] and for inviting correspondence from its readership on the issue in the editorial "Who is Ivan Schwab?"[2].

    The editors wisely remind us that medical authorities have suppressed important findings by lesser-known authors, using the notable example of Semmelweis. Even today, critical new info...

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  • Subjective evaluation of GDX printout detects asymmetric glaucoma
    Paul J Harasymowycz

    Dear Editor

    Recently, Munkwitz et al. reported excellent sensitivities and specificities of scanning laser polarimetry in detecting glaucoma when printouts were subjectively evaluated by experts having at least nine years experience with the device [1].

    The authors clearly defined a major difference with previously published studies, in that they evaluated GDx printouts of both eyes, although 23 of the...

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