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May 1960

Atopic Cataract

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1960;63(5):904-905. doi:10.1001/archopht.1960.00950020906023

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On the basis of his personal experience with 10 cases of atopic cataract, the author presents us with a small monograph covering the existing state of our knowledge. The history, clinical appearance, and differential diagnosis are dealt with, and various theories of the pathogenesis of this condition are outlined. The author advises us to retain the use of the term "atopic cataract" and drop the other terms which have been suggested, since this is the specific type of cataract associated with hay fever, asthma, and infantile eczema, which is the specific diathesis implied by the term "atopy."

Following a discussion of the surgical prognosis with the complications which are apt to follow surgery, the author lists his own experiences. He places considerable emphasis upon avoidance of surgery during the period of cutaneous exacerbation. He feels that intracapsular cataract extraction is the operation of choice where retinal detachment, phakoanaphylaxis, or uveitis

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