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Nerve growth factor may heal corneal ulcers

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7141.1333e (Published 02 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1333
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    Topical application of eye drops containing nerve growth factor can heal corneal ulcers and restore damaged vision, according to a preliminary report by Italian researchers (New England Journal of Medicine 1998;338: 1174-80).

    The study, by Alessandro Lambiase and colleagues of the ophthalmology department of the University of Rome, involved 12 patients with 14 neurotrophic corneal ulcers. The patients were treated with eye drops containing 10 μg of murine nerve growth factor 10 times a day for …

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