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Thursday, December 18, 2008

EXOTROPIA TRIPLES RISK FOR MENTAL ILLNESS

Review of Optometry

Mohney BG, McKenzie JA, Capo JA, et al. Mental illness in young adults who had strabismus as children. Pediatrics 2008 Nov;122(5):1033-8

Researchers found that children with exotropia were three times more likely to develop a psychiatric disorder, according to a study in the November issue of Pediatrics.

Also, patients with intermittent exotropia were significantly more likely to have mental health disorders, mental health-related emergency department visits, mental health-related hospitalizations and thoughts of suicide or homicide.

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