Among the manifold symptoms and diseases caused by the tubercle bacillus, tuberculosis of the conjunctiva is rather uncommon. Tuberculosis of the conjunctiva as a primary condition, i. e., ulcer of the conjunctiva and swelling of the regional lymph nodes, which is the first manifestation of tuberculosis in an organism previously nontuberculous, is even more uncommon. Since 2 such cases have been studied at the ophthalmologic clinic of the Seraphimer Hospital during a period of less than a year, I consider them worthy of mention. During the last twenty years only 1 additional case has been recorded at the clinic.
The term primary, as used here, denotes that it is not possible with the aid of ordinary clincal methods of examination to prove that tuberculosis is present elsewhere in the body. But even if other foci of tuberculosis are found in such a case, it is not at
SAMUELSON A. PRIMARY TUBERCULOSIS OF THE CONJUNCTIVA. Arch Ophthalmol. 1936;15(6):975–984. doi:10.1001/archopht.1936.00840180019001