Long-term Survival Rate after Vitreous Surgery for Complications of Diabetic Retinopathy

Subba R. Gollamudi, William E. Smiddy, Andrew P. Schachat, Ronald G. Michels, Susan Vitale

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The survival rate after vitreous surgery for complications of diabetic retinopathy was studied in 552 consecutive patients who underwent operations between 1979 and 1984. The 5-year postoperative survival rate was 74.7%. Factors associated with a lower survival rate included older age, older age at diagnosis of diabetes, history of renal disease, and a longer duration of diabetes. Factors unrelated to survival rate included insulin treatment, sex, and anatomic and visual outcome. Improved management of systemic diabetic complications has improved survival rates, a finding reflected in the relatively high rate of longterm survival after diabetic vitrectomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-22
Number of pages5
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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