Among the less common diseases of the cornea is that known as dendritic keratitis, to apply the name which its appearance suggests, or mycotic keratitis, a name more in accord with its etiology. This disease appears, when fully developed, as a finely branched ulceration of the cornea, running a rather protracted course. In my personal observation it has almost always appeared as a complication of acute malaria, though the same picture has been occasionally seen in patients who had no malarial manifestations, and who had not suffered from malaria at any time sufficiently recent for it to have any possible bearing on the eye trouble.
The disease is not common. Even in malarial districts it is not one of the commoner eye diseases, and when compared with the large number of persons who have malaria, it is seen to be an unusual complication of that disease. I can only state
ELLETT EC. DENDRITIC KERATITIS OF MALARIAL ORIGIN. JAMA. 1906;XLVI(26):1984–1986. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510530004002
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