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E. Romo-Garcia, R. Velez-Montoya, J. Guerrero-Naranjo, J. Jimenez-Sierra, J. Fromow-Guerra, H. Quiroz-Mercado, V. Morales-Cantón; Pattern Scan Laser Photocoagulation: Safety and Complications, Experience After 1301 Consecutive Cases. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2009;50(13):203.
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To report the safety and incidence of adverse effects, during and after a successful photocoagulation for different pathologies using a Pattern Scan Laser (PASCAL) system and its modified settings.
We reviewed the clinical records of 1301 consecutive cases who were treated with laser; using PASCAL since November 2007 to July 2008. In case of any complication during the treatment or in the following two weeks; the type of complication, the eye involved, the affected retina quadrant, treatment and if it resolved in a satisfactory manner or presented long-term disabilities were recorded.
Bleeding (presumably from Bruch's membrane ruptures) in 1.30% (17 cases) of the patients, being the supero-temporal cuadrant the most common location; Choroidal detachments were seen in 2 cases (0.15%). All complications resolved within two weeks without treatment.
The PASCAL system demonstrated to be safe in treating retinal conditions requiring laser photocoagulation. The complications were few and with no long term consequences.
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