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July 1947

CENTRAL PULVERULENT (DISCOID) CATARACT AND ITS HEREDITARY TRANSMISSION

Author Affiliations

NEWARK, N. J.
From the Ophthalmic Department of the Beth-Israel Hospital.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1947;38(1):57-77. doi:10.1001/archopht.1947.00900010060004
Abstract

IN 1906 Nettleship and Ogilvie1 published an extensive study of the occurrence of a congenital cataract in the Coppock family. The first observation on this familial anomaly was made by Doyne, who had the opportunity of examining the first, second and third, and possibly fourth, cases in this family between 1888 and 1896. Members of the family were affected by a definite and peculiar type of stationary congenital cataract, which showed but slight variation in clinical appearance. Most typically it was characterized by the presence of a diskshaped opacity of steel gray color in focal light and almost homogeneous texture, though often sparkling or stippling was noticeable; the opacity made the fundus invisible or, at best, only dimly discernible. In size, shape and clearance of outline the second variety was identical with the first but was so extraordinarily faint that detection could have been missed even with the pupil

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