Optimal time for postoperative irradiation of pterygia

Ophthalmology. 1987 Nov;94(11):1450-1. doi: 10.1016/s0161-6420(87)33267-1.


A prospective study of the optimal time for postoperative beta irradiation of pterygia in 54 eyes of 54 patients suggested that immediate postoperative irradiation, given as a single dose of 2000 rad, was associated with a lower rate of recurrence than a similar dose given 4 days postoperatively. The authors suggest that patients with recurrent pterygia, selected to have postoperative beta radiation, receive the radiation as a single dose of 2000 rad at the end of the surgical procedure.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Humans
  • Postoperative Complications / radiotherapy
  • Pterygium / radiotherapy*
  • Pterygium / surgery
  • Radiotherapy Dosage
  • Recurrence