Under the name of metastatic ophthalmia, or some other such synonym, inflammation of the iris has long been recognized among ophthalmologists as a possible accompanimentof gonorrheal urethral infection. There is scarcely a treatise on diseases of the eye since McKenzie's time, but speaks of it in a more or less extended manner.
The iritis is commonly regarded by ophthalmic authorities, as a part of an intoxication which manifests itself under the form of rheumatism; at least, few cases have been reported which have not been associated with greater or less pronounced symptoms of a rheumatic nature—usually affecting the joints.
Whether the intoxication in these instances is from an entrance into the circulation of the gonococcus itself or from the product known as the toxins, has not been definitely settled to the satisfaction of all. Further investigation and observation along this line are needed. The fact of the association of the
BURNETT SM. INFLAMMATION OF THE EYE DUE TO THE TOXINS OF THE GONOCOCCUS. JAMA. 1905;XLV(26):1926–1928. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510260012001d
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