Role of debridement in the treatment of herpetic keratitis

D. J. Coster, B. R. Jones, M. G. Falcon

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The merits and demerits of debridement, chemical cautery, cryotherapy and photo-inactivation in the treatment of dendritic corneal ulcers are discussed and the literature reviewed. Debridement with a cotton-tipped applicator is considered the most efficient method; it is precise, the diseased cells brush off easily and there is no damage to surrounding normal cells and it provides a pathology specimen. In spite of this, 50% develop small focal lesions within seven days and so the addition of I.D.U. or amphoteracin B is advised as adjuvant therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)314-317
Number of pages4
JournalTransactions of the Ophthalmological Societies of the United Kingdom
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1977
Externally publishedYes


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