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September 27, 1902

THE DIAGNOSTIC IMPORTANCE OF KERATITIS PUNCTATA INTERNA (DESCEMETITIS).

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(13):758-762. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480390024002b
Abstract

The term keratitis punctata is applied to several very different conditions. We must distinguish between the true punctate inflammations, the keratitis punctata profunda, the keratitis punctata superficialis, etc., and that form which consists of deposits on the inner surface of the cornea. If we retain the term for this form we should define it as "keratitis punctata interna." This condition is also known by the name of descemetitis, and, while there are objections to this term, it is less liable to produce confusion, and for this reason and for the sake of brevity we shall use it in this paper.

In a paper published in the Archives of Ophthalmology1 six years ago, I brought evidence to show that descemetitis occurs in every case of iritis. I divided the descemetitis into two forms—the coarse, which can be seen with the naked eye, and the fine, which is detected by means

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