Cryoextraction (medicine)

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For the winemaking use, see Cryoextraction.

In ophthalmology, cryoextraction is a form of intracapsular cataract extraction in which a cryoextractor, a special type of cryoprobe, is used to freeze the crystalline lens and pull it intact from the eye.[1] Dr. Charles Kelman is credited with pioneering this surgical method in 1962. It can also be used in the treatment of orbital tumors.[2]


  1. ^ Toczolowski J (1993). "Thirty years of cryoophthalmology". Ann Ophthalmol. 25 (7): 254–6. PMID 8363292. 
  2. ^ Kiratli H, Bilgiç S (1998). "Cryoextraction in the management of orbital tumors. An old technique revisited". Orbit. 17 (3): 189–194. doi:10.1076/orbi. PMID 12048727.