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February 7, 1925


JAMA. 1925;84(6):457. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660320049025

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Conjunctivitis in Swimmers  Several cases of a peculiar form of conjunctivitis, which was reported from Paris first in 1922, have been recorded in Brussels. It is an acute, follicular conjunctivitis, which is usually unilateral. The right eye is most frequently affected. Terrien attributes this localization to the mode of swimming in vogue at present, the "crawl" so called, in which the right side of the head remains under water. In a few cases the affection is bilateral. At the onset, the eyelids are highly swollen, and the patients complain of a sensation as if there were sand in the eye. The palpebral conjunctiva is the seat of a marked inflammation, follicular in form, and closely resembling the conjunctivitis associated with trachoma, but is different from the latter in that it is confined mainly to the lower culdesac. The bulbar conjunctiva is likewise injected. The preauricular lymph node also is involved,

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