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Racial groups respond differently to glaucoma treatment

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7152.164 (Published 18 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:164
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    A study conducted by the National Eye Institute in the United States has found significant racial differences in the surgical response rates to two types of glaucoma treatment.

    In a seven year multicentre trial involving 332 black patients and 249 white patients, researchers found that black patients did better with laser surgery, whereas white patients fared better if their glaucoma was treated with trabeculectomy (Ophthalmology 1998;105:1135-6).

    Dr Carl Kupfer, director of the institute, remarked that this study was …

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