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June 1943


Author Affiliations

From the Ophthalmology Department of the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

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

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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