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August 1953


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, State University of Iowa College of Medicine.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1953;50(2):147-154. doi:10.1001/archopht.1953.00920030152002

SUPERFICIAL punctuate keratitis is a confusing term which has been applied to numerous superficial changes in the cornea. Fuchs1 first used the term to describe the corneal changes associated with epidemic keratoconjunctivitis. Since then nearly any type of change in the corneal epithelium and superficial layers of the cornea has been classified by this description. One of us (A. E. B.)2 attempted to differentiate the virus types of keratitis and suggested that the disease was of virus origin. At that time we had isolated a virus in one of the cases, but we had not had sufficient experience to be sure that the virus was the cause of the disease. Thygeson3 has given a full clinical description of 26 cases and a well-prepared differential diagnosis. In this paper, we are discussing a similar clinical entity, although the clinical course in some of our patients has been somewhat

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