Management of pterygia 20 years later.

  title={Management of pterygia 20 years later.},
  author={J F Nowell},
  journal={Southern medical journal},
  volume={79 11},
  • J F Nowell
  • Published 1986 in Southern medical journal
Over a 20-year period, I excised 205 pterygia. A single, low dose of beta irradiation applied to the site of excision before surgical closure of the conjunctiva significantly reduced the rate of recurrence. Follow-up for as long as 20 years in this series revealed no complications. I discuss possible reasons for the few recurrences. 

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