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May 1944


Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Ophthalmology and Bacteriology, Northwestern University Medical School.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1944;31(5):423-426. doi:10.1001/archopht.1944.00890050073009

In the discussion on a paper by Hurst, one of us (S. R. G.)1 summarized the cases of leptotrichosis of the conjunctiva in which a thread mold had been observed in sections in our laboratory, and a case was mentioned in which cultures of the organism were obtained. Other cases have been seen since this time, and it seems worth while to review this material.

REVIEW OF LITERATURE  A brief review of the literature will include only the reports of cases in which the leptothrix, or a thread mold presumed to be the leptothrix, was seen in sections or culture. A discussion of the oculoglandular syndrome of Parinaud has been published elsewhere by Gifford and Dillon,2 and most American ophthalmologists are familiar with the three diseases which may be grouped under this name : tuberculosis of the conjunctiva, the oculoglandular form of tularemia and leptotrichosis conjunctivae.The observation of

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