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June 2, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(22):1422-1423. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460220052011

Leber, Uhthoff, Fuchs, and others have described rare cases of infection of the human cornea with organisms belonging to the moulds. Recently Wicherkiewicz1 recorded an instance of this kind: A servant girl dropped a piece of potato, covered with dirt, into the eye; three weeks later there had developed a yellowish-white mass on the central portion of the cornea, the marginal vessels being congested, and the anterior chamber containing pus. The process appeared slow and chronic in its course, painless, and the mass was elevated and firm. Examination of a piece of the mass showed that it consisted of a dense network of fungous threads, and cultures gave rise to pure growths of the mould—penicillium glaucum. Treatment succeeded in checking the process, but not without permanent corneal opacity, greatly diminishing the vision of the affected eye.