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P.S. Cannon, S.G. Fraser, D. Milne; Who Should Do Temporal Artery Biopsies? . Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2005;46(13):3357.
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Purpose: To compare the results of temporal artery biopsies performed by ophthalmic and general surgeons looking at :– a. The number of positive biopsies b. The length of the artery obtained by the surgeon. Methods: All patients who had a temporal artery biopsy in Sunderland City Hospitals from January 1999 to December 2003 were identified. Their hospital records and pathology reports were obtained and reveiwed by an ophthalmologist and pathologist. Results: 92 patients had a temporal artery biopsy over the study period. 50 biopsies were carried out by general surgeons and 42 by ophthalmic surgeons. There were 19 positive biopsies, 12 by ophthalimc and 7 by the general surgeons. The general surgeons were more likely to produce longer specimens of artery. Conclusions: Ophthalmic surgeons had a higher positive biopsy rate than general surgeons, even though the latter provided larger biopsies. The reason for this did not purely seem to be because of the higher likelihood of visual involvement in the patients seen by the ophthalmologists.
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