ALL OPHTHALMOLOGISTS of experience have seen rheumatoid arthritis associated with destructive iridocyclitis and perhaps blindness. These patients ordinarily show severe ankylosis in many joints, and frequently they are more or less helpless because they are frozen in one position. There are a number of other joint diseases associated with iridocyclitis as described below. The patient who is the subject of this report, however, presented a concurrent destructive iridocyclitis, atrophy or deformity of body cartilages, and multiple joint dislocations, without any destruction of either bone or joint surface. This syndrome was not familiar to me, and I have been unable to find anything just like it described in the literature.
REPORT OF CASE
Mrs. H. E., aged 61, when seen first in May, 1949, was complaining of rheumatism and blindness. She had been considered well until January, 1947, when a sequence of symptoms developed which was initiated by a feeling of
HILDING AC. SYNDROME OF JOINT AND CARTILAGINOUS PATHOLOGIC CHANGES WITH DESTRUCTIVE IRIDOCYCLITIS: Comparison with Described Concurrent Eye and Joint Diseases. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1952;89(3):445–453. doi:10.1001/archinte.1952.00240030094011
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