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September 20, 1902

CONCERNING THE SYMPTOMATOLOGY AND ETIOLOGY OF CERTAIN TYPES OF UVEITIS.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(12):676-683. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480380012002
Abstract

In ophthalmic practice three disease manifestations are encountered to which the name "keratitis punctata" has been applied. Two of these are affections of the cornea, the third is not; that is to say, the primary lesion is not corneal. They are as follows: (a) keratitis superficialis punctata, in which, in general terms, numerous small punctiform or linear spots appear below Bowman's membrane, the overlying cornea being slightly hazy and the epithelium a little elevated; (b) keratitis punctata vera or syphilitica of Mauthner, in which circumscribed pinhead-sized, grayish spots appear in the parenchyma of the cornea, and, moreover, in its various layers; the iris is not involved. Constitutional syphilis is the etiologic factor. To distinguish it from the preceding manifestations Fuchs suggests the name "keratitis punctata profunda." (c) Keratitis punctata, in which a notable manifestation consists of a precipitate of opaque dots on the posterior elastic lamina of the cornea, generally

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