Until within a comparatively recent period in the history of sympathetic inflammation it had been held that eyes which had been the seat of purulent panophthalmitis did not excite sympathetic inflammation. In 1876, Alt, as a result of original observation and a survey of the literature of the subject, stated that panophthalmitis was among the conditions found in the exciting eye. Notwithstanding this, some authors, among them Fuchs, consider phthisical globes (sequel of panopthalmitis) harmless, and make a distinction between such eyes and atrophied globes (sequel of plastic uveitis).
Knapp states that after panophthalmitis "the eye shrinks, but will remain free from irritation without jeopardizing the integrity of the fellow eye." Treacher Collins says of the inflammation in the exciting eye that it is always of a seroplastic and not of a suppurative type.
Schirmer, in 1900, stated that he had found uveitis purulenta present in only two of twenty-one
ZENTMAYER W. SYMPATHETIC INFLAMMATION FOLLOWING PANOPHTHALMITIS. JAMA. 1905;XLV(8):525–528. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510080023002f
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