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Outcomes of Nd:YAG laser treatment for Valsalva retinopathy due to intense military exercise.
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PMID:  19205491     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Valsalva retinopathy may occur due to intense physical exercise. Soldiers must undergo vigorous physical training to sustain a high level of readiness. The aim of this study was to evaluate the recovery period and the outcomes of Valsalva retinopathy due to physical exercise in the Turkish Army. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Twelve soldiers had Valsalva retinopathy related to military exercise. All patients received Nd:YAG laser membranotomy and were observed for an average of 12.6 months. RESULTS: All eyes had visual acuities of 20/20 at the end of the first month of follow-up. Therefore, the soldiers could continue their training. No complications were observed and additional surgeries were not needed during the 1-year follow-up. CONCLUSIONS: Early visual recovery is important to continue training and reduce health costs in the Turkish Army, where military service is mandatory for a required period of time. For that reason, Nd:YAG laser treatment for Valsalva retinopathy related to military exercise is an effective and safe procedure.
Tarkan Mumcuoglu; Ali Hakan Durukan; Cuneyt Erdurman; Volkan Hurmeric; Suat Karagul
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ophthalmic surgery, lasers & imaging : the official journal of the International Society for Imaging in the Eye     Volume:  40     ISSN:  1542-8877     ISO Abbreviation:  Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging     Publication Date:    2009 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-02-11     Completed Date:  2009-02-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101155780     Medline TA:  Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  19-24     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Ophthalmology, Gulhane Military Medical Academy, Etlik Ankara, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Lasers, Solid-State / therapeutic use*
Military Medicine
Military Personnel*
Retinal Hemorrhage / diagnosis,  etiology,  surgery*
Retrospective Studies
Treatment Outcome
Valsalva Maneuver*
Visual Acuity

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