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Ignipuncture (Latin: Ignis (fire) + puncture) is the procedure of closing a retinal separation by transfixation of the break via cauterization. The procedure was pioneered and named by Jules Gonin in the early 1900s.[1] Due to the risk of severe complications and the advent of lasers for the controlled delivery of energy, ignipuncture became an obsolete procedure; since the 1980s, ignipuncture has been performed using safer techniques like endophotocoagulation.


  1. ^ Wolfensberger, TJ (2003). "Jules Gonin. Pioneer of retinal detachment surgery". Indian journal of ophthalmology. 51 (4): 303–8. PMID 14750617. 

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