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From the Archives of the Archives
February 1999

A look at the past. . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 1999;117(2):261. doi:10.1001/archopht.117.2.261

DR. AXENFELD (Breslau). On the Tubercular histology of sympathetic ophthalmitis. The writer urges anew the occurrence of epithelioid and giant cells in eyes suffering from uveitis which has caused sympathetic ophthalmia. He shows specimens in which these have arranged themselves into typical tubercles. They had not become caseous, nor were bacilli present. In spite of the histological resemblance to tuberculosis the author does not think that the latter disease was present, for if so we should find turberculosis oftener in cases of sympathetic ophthalmia. In order to decide the question more scientifically he recommends the transplantation, from freshly enucleated eyes, of portions of the choroid into the peritoneum of the guinea-pig.