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March 1935

ESSENTIAL SHRINKAGE OF CONJUNCTIVA IN A CASE OF PROBABLE EPIDERMOLYSIS BULLOSA DYSTROPHICA

Arch Ophthalmol. 1935;13(3):374-390. doi:10.1001/archopht.1935.00840030064004
Abstract

The following report is of a case of uncommon ophthalmologic and dermatologic lesions. Both the ocular and the cutaneous disease are so rare in themselves that the combination presented by our patient seems to form a morbid entity worthy of record.

The ocular lesions which we are about to describe are generally called ocular pemphigus or essential shrinkage of the conjunctiva. These lesions, as is well known, may appear alone, without a cutaneous or other pathologic condition, or they may occur in association with pemphigus vulgaris.

In addition to this well known combination of pemphigus of the eye and the skin, identical ocular lesions may also, though rarely, be combined with, or form a part of, certain other dermatoses.

Rigler, Lipp, Fuchs, Duhring, Dikran Bey and others, cited by Tachau,1 and also Barkan,2 Hartley,3 Stevens and Johnson,4 and Bailey5 have described ocular lesions of the

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