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Compendium on Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian
The clinical appearance of hyphema is variable and is influenced by the volume of blood and the amount of time erythrocytes are present in the anterior chamber. When hyphema is evident, a complete history should be obtained and a thorough physical examination performed to direct the initial selection of diagnostic tests. Secondary complications of hyphema include glaucoma, synechiae, cataract formation, blood-staining of the cornea, and blindness. Frequent measurement of intraocular pressure is recommended. The two primary management issues in animals with hyphema are prevention of secondary hemorrhage (by treating the underlying disease) and control of secondary glaucoma.
Komáromy, A. M., Ramsey, D. T., Brooks, D. E., Ramsey, C. C., Kallberg, M. E., & Andrew, S. E. (2000). Hyphema. Part II. Diagnosis and Treatment. Compendium on Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian, 22 (1), 74-79, 96-. Retrieved from https://repository.upenn.edu/vet_papers/52
Date Posted: 20 November 2013
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