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June 1943

MARGINAL DEGENERATION OF CORNEA

Arch Ophthalmol. 1943;29(6):975-980. doi:10.1001/archopht.1943.00880180125011
Abstract

As marginal degeneration of the cornea is not rare but is being overlooked because of its mildness, it seems timely to report a case.

First described by Trümpy1 in 1881 as a peculiar deformity of the cornea, it has been given a variety of names, such as peripheral furrow keratitis, by Schmidt-Rimpler,2 in 1889 ; ectatic marginal dystrophy, in 1900; peripheral sclerosis and atrophy, by Fuchs,3 in 1901; peripheral corneal ectasis, by Lauber,4 in 1905, and senile marginal atrophy, by Fuchs, in 1915.4a

REPORT OF A CASE  A white man aged 21 presented himself at the Research and Educational Hospitals, University of Illinois, complaining of recurring attacks of irritation and slight photophobia of the right eye for the past year and similar attacks in the left eye during the previous month. Each attack lasted a few days.

History.  —The history did not reveal anything relevant. The

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