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Article
January 1940

INTERSTITIAL KERATITIS CAUSED BY SPECIFIC SENSITIVITY TO INGESTED FOODS

Author Affiliations

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA

Arch Ophthalmol. 1940;23(1):48-54. doi:10.1001/archopht.1940.00860130060005
Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to call attention to a condition concerning which we have been unable to discover reports in the literature.

Interstitial keratitis of inflammatory type is known to be produced by syphilis, tuberculosis, Trypanosoma and the apparent invasion by a virus from without following trauma, as in deciform keratitis or ring abscess. Keratitis profunda is known to occur in debilitated persons, but the cause is obscure. There are, in addition to cases of interstitial keratitis which have been classified, a certain number of cases in which the cause is unknown. It is to a portion of the latter cases to which attention is to be called in this paper; it will be shown that interstitial keratitis of inflammatory type, with definite physical characteristics which can be recognized clinically, is caused by specific sensitivity to ingested foods.

The possibility that interstitial keratitis could be caused by a

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