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July 21, 1917

INVESTIGATIONS AS TO FREQUENCY OF METASTATIC EYE INFECTIONS FROM PRIMARY DENTAL FOCI: PRELIMINARY REPORT

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK; ASSISTED BY WILLIAM F. C. STEINBUGLER, M.D. BROOKLYN AND MARSHALL CARLETON PEASE, Jr., M.D. NEW YORK

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(3):194-198. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590300034010
Abstract

It must be realized that ideal research conditions cannot be obtained in investigations such as we are reporting on, for the reason that the ailments for which the patients are presenting themselves are of such a nature that we did not feel justified in eliminating all routine treatment, owing to the danger of possible irreparable damage due to delay, should the dental foci not be the etiologic factor.

In the course of the past year, fifty-seven patients with various eye conditions were sent to the dental department of the Herman Knapp Memorial Eye Hospital for dental treatment. The diagnosis in these cases and the results obtained were as shown in the accompanying table.

The general impression which has hitherto obtained is that these metastases occur through the blood stream, but our observations have led us to the conclusion that this belief is not substantiated by the clinical evidence. With one

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