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BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7467.646 (Published 16 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:646
  1. Harvey Marcovitch, BMJ syndication editor (h.marcovitch@btinternet.com)

    Cataract surgery results are satisfactory after two years

    A two year follow up of 92 New Zealand patients who underwent phacoemulsification for cataract has shown that 95% maintained “best spectacle corrected visual acuity” of 6/12 or better. This was despite 18 developing new systemic illness, as might be expected in this elderly cohort, and 10 experiencing new ocular disease such as glaucoma or the need for lid surgery. Overall, three quarters of patients were satisfied with their vision. As the long term result of cataract surgery is poorly documented, the investigators intend to keep these patients under review.

    Documented symptoms of brain tumours may be misleading

    Investigators in Scotland were prompted by reading the diaries of the late Alan Clark to rethink the early symptomatology of brain tumours. (Clark described gradually increasing fatigue, problems with concentrating, and feelings of anxiety as well as intermittent headache.) They visited at home 92 …

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