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April 1947

KERATOCONJUNCTIVITIS DUE TO A DIPHTHEROID-LIKE ORGANISMReport of a Case

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK
From the Institute of Ophthalmology of the Presbyterian Hospital, and the Department of Ophthalmology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1947;37(4):497-503. doi:10.1001/archopht.1947.00890220512009
Abstract

NUMEROUS organisms and infectious agents have been implicated in keratoconjunctivitis. The following case illustrates a severe type of infection produced by an organism of the diphtheroid group.

REPORT OF CASE 

History.  —M. A. V., a 26 year old unmarried white woman, was first seen at the Institute of Ophthalmology on March 21, 1944, with the following history. At the age of 7 she had an attack of scarlet fever, which left her eyes sensitive to light for about one year. There was, however, no other ocular complaint until six years prior to the first examination, when, rather suddenly, severe blepharoconjunctivitis developed in both eyes. This condition was treated with drops by several doctors, and there were numerous exacerbations and remissions. There was considerable purulent discharge, and the patient stated that the margins of the lids remained red and irritated. In 1940 she noted a decrease in visual acuity, especially in

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