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September 1930

THE BLOOD PICTURE IN KERATOMALACIA OF ADULTS

Author Affiliations

PEIPING, CHINA

From the Departments of Ophthalmology and Medicine, the Peiping Union Medical College.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1930;4(3):309-314. doi:10.1001/archopht.1930.00810110011001
Abstract

In continuation of the preliminary observations on anemia associated with keratomalacia,1 the blood picture in thirty-five more cases was studied. The results of this study are submitted briefly in this paper.

In keratomalacia of infants, anemia has been reported only a few times. Recently, however, Hsu2 found anemia in about half of his cases of children suffering from keratomalacia. It is still uncertain whether anemia can be produced by vitamin A deficiency alone or whether vitamin E deficiency must be present. In a previous paper on keratomalacia in adults,1 two cases were reported among six in which anemia was found, while other possible causes, such as beriberi, scurvy, infectious diseases and tuberculosis, could be practically excluded. Unfortunately, the change in the blood picture after feeding with cod liver oil and during the healing of the eye disease could not be studied, as both patients left the hospital

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