What is the role of paracentesis in the treatment of hyphema?

Updated: Jan 18, 2019
  • Author: David L Nash, MD; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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Paracentesis causes little surgical trauma and relieves the elevated intraocular pressure. Paracentesis is especially beneficial in patients with sickle cell trait or sickle cell disease. However, the decrease in intraocular pressure may be transient, and appreciable reduction may not occur in the amount of the formed clot.


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