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September 1948


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Arch Ophthalmol. 1948;40(3):341-346. doi:10.1001/archopht.1948.00900030347013

O PACIFICATION immediately behind the lens appearing in infants at or within a short time of birth, often associated with persistence of the hyaloid artery and its branches, or other abnormalities of the vitreous and the inner layer of the secondary optic vesicle, has long been described in the literature. The difference between these abnormalities and glioma, or malignant fungus, and congenital cataract was recognized by early writers in ophthalmology. Travers,1 in 1820, described the case of a child of 8 months in which he extirpated the globe and observed the vitreous filled with an "opaque lardaceous substance, by which the lens was slightly protruded and the iris rendered convex. The retina for the most part was absorbed, and the other tunics perfect." He also observed a child from the age of 3 months who had a similar condition, while the pupil of the other eye was constricted and

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