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From the Archives of the Archives
January 2002

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Arch Ophthalmol. 2002;120(1):70. doi:10.1001/archopht.120.1.70

Santos Fernandez (Havana): Amblyopia Due to Peripheral Neuritis of the Optic Nerve Resulting From Intestinal Auto-Intoxication

In the late war, Santos Fernandez saw a number of cases of central scotoma with fundus changes like those seen in tobacco amblyopia, without other evidences of the abuse of tobacco or alcohol. In all the patients there were digestive disturbances with severe, long-continued diarrhea. Besides auto-intoxication, the great debilitation of the patients due to overexertion, worry and the like, played a role.

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