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November 1947


Arch Ophthalmol. 1947;38(5):677-680. doi:10.1001/archopht.1947.00900010694009

SPONTANEOUS luxation of the eyeball is so uncommon that few ophthalmologists have had the opportunity to study the condition closely, and the few who have had such an opportunity have often failed to determine a causative factor. Such a case was recently studied at this clinic.

REPORT OF A CASE  A Negro woman aged 42, who was extremely obese, was admitted to the hospital with both eyes taped tightly shut. She stated that four years ago a sharp pain had developed in the right eye; the eye became proptosed and finally popped out of the socket. The globe was replaced by a physician, who instituted a course of antisyphilitic therapy and prescribed a reducing diet. When on this regimen, she lost approximately 40 pounds (18.1 Kg.). She had no further trouble until December 1945, when she again began to gain weight. At this time she had frontal headaches, which were

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