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February 28, 1925


Author Affiliations

Kansas City, Kan.
From the Departments of Internal Medicine and of Ophthalmology, University of Kansas School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1925;84(9):674. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.26620350001011

The occurrence of diabetic cataracts in children is extremely rare. While this complication is seen very often in older diabetic patients, Strouse and Gradle1 found only two cases in children reported in the literature, to which number they added a third. One patient described by Sherrill2 was a boy, aged 15, and Joslin's3 patient was a girl of 12 years. The patient described by Strouse and Gradle was a girl, aged 10. Sherrill's patient died two years after operation, while Joslin's patient died in coma three years and four months after the onset of the diabetes. The patient of Strouse and Gradle was under good control at the time of their report. We have had under observation for the past year a child, who, when first seen, was 11 months old, and was suffering from bilateral cataracts and diabetes.

REPORT OF CASE  L. S., a boy, aged