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June 1967


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Arch Dermatol. 1967;95(6):666. doi:10.1001/archderm.1967.01600360112028

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To the Editor.—  In a recent issue of the Archives (95:176, 1967) Dr. William Reed and his co-authors presented an excellent discussion of pigmentary disorders associated with congenital deafness. In one of their color plates (Fig 2), however, there is a photograph of a boy with the Klein-Waardenburg syndrome. The red chorioidal reflex is quite prominent in the photograph. The authors suggest that this is "presumably due to a reduction of the retinal pigment."Although I do not know the exact manner in which the photograph was made, the symmetrical shadow behind the head suggests that the light source was directly in front of the patient. I would, therefore, like to offer an alternate explanation for the prominence of the red reflex in this case. It is a common problem among photographers, and is known as "red-eye." It is seen in many full-face color portraits, especially of children,

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