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January 1941

NECROSIS OF THE CORNEA DUE TO VITAMIN A DEFICIENCY: REPORT OF A CASE

Arch Ophthalmol. 1941;25(1):122-127. doi:10.1001/archopht.1941.00870070136014
Abstract

The purpose of this report is to record a case of necrosis of the cornea due to vitamin A deficiency occurring as a result of faulty absorption of the vitamin.

REPORT OF CASE  A 23 year old white woman was admitted to the hospital because of cramping pains in the abdomen accompanied by bloody diarrhea. The past history was noncontributory except that she had drunk considerable quantities of alcoholic liquors prior to one year previously. Her illness began a year previous to admission, at which time she began to have mild abdominal pains and two to three semisolid bowel movements a day. There was no pus, blood or mucus. She was able to continue at her work, but gradually an increase in her symptoms and increasing weakness confined her to bed. In the following six months there occurred three such episodes, in each of which she was confined to bed

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