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December 1955

Keratitis and Scleritis Associated with Felty 's Syndrome

Author Affiliations

From the Ophthalmological Service, Jewish Hospital of Brooklyn.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1955;54(6):858-862. doi:10.1001/archopht.1955.00930020864008

This paper is a report of a case with serious ocular complications associated with Felty's syndrome, a syndrome whose cardinal triad of features consists of chronic rheumatoid arthritis, splenomegaly, and leucopenia. A search of the literature fails to reveal any previous report of ocular findings with Felty's syndrome, except for one brief reference. This reference1 concerned a case of Felty's syndrome in which an eye was enucleated for endophthalmitis and in which, unfortunately, there was no pathologic study of the enucleated eye. We believe our case is unique in that a splenectomy was performed in the hope of saving an eye.


History.  —The patient, a 58-year-old white woman, with known rheumatoid arthritis for 16 years, had been treated privately for several years for recurrent keratitis of undisclosed nature. She was admitted to the eye service of another hospital in August, 1953, with chief complaints of

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