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July 1952

IRIDOSCHISIS: Report of an Additional Case

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Ophthalmology, Louisiana State University School of Medicine.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1952;48(1):40-43. doi:10.1001/archopht.1952.00920010043005

LOEWENSTEIN and Foster,1 in 1945, devised the term iridoschisis (iris splitting) for an ophthalmic disease which had first been reported by Schmitt,2 in 1922. This is a condition characterized by atrophy of the anterior layers of the iris, separation of these layers from the posterior layer and shredding of the radial fibers. Loewenstein and Foster described these fibers as floating in the aqueous in much the fashion of seaweed in a pool of water. Sander3 had already described them as looking as though they had been teased out with a crochet needle.

Up to the time of Loewenstein and Foster's report, eight cases of iridoschisis had been recorded in the medical literature. These authors added the 9th case in their 1945 report1 and the 10th, with Sledge,4 in 1948. Since then, additional cases have been reported by Garden and Wear,5 in 1949; by Linn

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