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February 1964

Primary Tuberculosis of the Conjunctiva

Author Affiliations

Palo Alto, Calif; New York
Present address: The Palo Alto Medical Clinic, 300 Homer Ave, Palo Alto, Calif 94301.; The Institute of Ophthalmology of the Presbyterian Hospital in the City of New York, 635 W 165 St, New York, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Department of Ophthalmology and Microbiology, New York (Dr. Khorazo).

Arch Ophthalmol. 1964;71(2):202-205. doi:10.1001/archopht.1964.00970010218012

Despite a dearth of statistical data to support the contention, primary tuberculosis of the conjunctiva is considered a rarity in this country. This case is reported because of this apparent low incidence, to keep awareness of the disease active, and to again show the clinical features, therapy, course, and histological features of the disease.

Since the case report of Bruce and Locatcher-Khorazo in 1947,1 the foreign literature has had several reports of primary tuberculosis of the conjunctiva.2-18 Fewer cases have appeared in the American literature.19-22 The rarity of this disease, or reports in the literature of it, is, perhaps, partially attested to by the statement that no cases of conjunctival tuberculosis were found among 41,730 patients at Baltimore Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Charity Hospital1; and by the fact that the case reported in this paper is only the second such confirmed by cultures among 139,607

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