Pterygium recurrence rate at the Princess Alexandra Hospital

Aust N Z J Ophthalmol. 1991 Aug;19(3):203-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-9071.1991.tb00661.x.


Over two separate time periods, 136 consecutive pterygium operations in 103 patients were performed at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. These patients were evaluated for recurrence of their pterygia in a retrospective study by chart review and re-examination. In 136 eyes there was an overall recurrence rate of 46% using a number of therapies. This study highlights the relatively unsatisfactory result of pterygium removal in a day surgery and eye outpatient department surgical setting by a number of trainee ophthalmologists, and stresses the need for a reassessment of pterygium and its treatment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Ambulatory Surgical Procedures
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • New Zealand / epidemiology
  • Outpatient Clinics, Hospital
  • Pterygium / epidemiology
  • Pterygium / surgery*
  • Recurrence
  • Retrospective Studies