October 1985
Volume 26, Issue 10
Articles  |   October 1985
Effect of laser photocoagulation on oxygenation of the retina in miniature pigs.
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science October 1985, Vol.26, 1410-1414. doi:
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      I Molnar, S Poitry, M Tsacopoulos, N Gilodi, P M Leuenberger; Effect of laser photocoagulation on oxygenation of the retina in miniature pigs.. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 1985;26(10):1410-1414.

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A large area of the posterior pole of the retina of the miniature pig was photocoagulated, and 2-3 wk later the PO2 in the preretinal vitreous was mapped with O2-sensitive microelectrodes. In the control retina, the PO2 was highly heterogeneous being much higher close to an artery than opposite an intervascular zone. After photocoagulation, PO2 opposite an intervascular zone was found to be significantly increased. A quantitative histologic analysis showed that in the photocoagulated areas more than 28% of the outer retina was destroyed. The authors conclude from these results that photocoagulation, by partially destroying the pigment epithelium-photoreceptor complex, causes an increase of the oxygenation of the retina.


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