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March 1939

BILATERAL UVEITIS AND RETINAL PERIARTERITIS AS A FOCAL REACTION TO THE TUBERCULIN TEST

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Washington, D. C.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1939;21(3):509-511. doi:10.1001/archopht.1939.00860030117012

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Abstract

A white woman aged 31, a school teacher, was seen on April 4, 1938, with acutely inflamed eyes, photophobia and markedly diminished vision. The county health physician was doing a routine tuberculin inoculation of all the school children ; so the teacher decided to have the test done on herself. On March 21, almost two weeks before coming to our office, she was given 0.00002 mg. of purified protein derivative (Mulford). There was no reaction after forty-eight hours; on March 23 another injection was given, 0.005 mg. of the tuberculin being used. For both tests the injections were given intradermally in amounts of 0.1 cc. The reaction to the second injection was strongly positive, and after four hours both the first and the second test area became much inflamed. For the following ten days the patient felt tired and weak.

The left eye became red, watery, painful and sensitive to light.

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