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January 19, 1924

SEVERE EDEMATOUS CONJUNCTIVITIS FROM POWDERED ORRIS ROOT

JAMA. 1924;82(3):208-209. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.26520290003011e

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Abstract

During a long period of years including both private and dispensary practice, I never encountered a case similar to the one here reported. Nor have I been able to find in textbooks or monographs any reference to powdered orris root as a cause of ocular inflammation.

REPORT OF CASE  Mrs. T. J. B., aged 32, who consulted me, July 22, 1923, had been giving her hair a dry shampoo with orris root, when some of the powder accidentally fell into the right eye, without any immediate irritation. The next morning the lids of this eye were considerably swollen, and a membrane was sticking out from the eyeball itself. There was no pain or secretion.Both lids, especially the upper lid, were white and edematous. On attempting to open the palpebral fissure I found an edematous, chemotic condition involving the bulbar conjunctiva, so much so that the latter almost protruded through

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