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May 20, 1911

CLASSIFICATION OF DIPHTHERITIC CONJUNCTIVITIS: REPORT OF A CASE WITHOUT MEMBRANE FORMATION

JAMA. 1911;LVI(20):1454-1455. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560200022013
Abstract

The following case is reported because of the very severe catarrhal conjunctivitis due to diphtheria bacilli, which ran its course without the development of a membrane.

History.  —The patient, a physician, aged 56, consulted me Jan. 25, 1908, for a very mild conjunctivitis of the right eye, the left being unaffected. The eye had been uncomfortable since the day before and he feared that some irritant like formaldehyd solution had caused the trouble. The irritation was chiefly in the inner canthus.

Course of Disease.  —A 5 per cent, solution of argyrol was ordered but the condition did not improve and rather increased in severity.January 27: Some of the secretion was sent to a bacteriologist, who reported that it contained bacilli but he was unable to determine them from the slide specimen.January 29: The lids became greatly swollen and the eyes teared profusely. There was no purulent solution. The

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