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June 1937


Arch Ophthalmol. 1937;17(6):1085-1086. doi:10.1001/archopht.1937.00850060141013

Dendritic keratitis seems to be a much more uncommon disease in the Middle West than in the New England states. Gundersen1 reported on the treatment of two hundred and twenty-one patients with dendritic keratitis seen within forty-two months. He found the incidence to be highest before the tenth year of life and reported good results from cauterization of the cornea with strong solutions of iodine.

In the past two years eleven adults with simple dendritic keratitis— no children with this disease were seen—were treated with quinine bisulfate in addition to the usual treatment with hot compresses, atropine and bandages. An ophthalmic ointment containing 2 per cent quinine bisulfate was applied to the unanesthetized conjunctival sac twice a day by the patient. No massage was used. In none of the cases was there any extension of the process, as evidenced by the fluorescein stain. The subjective symptoms improved from the

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