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May 1964

Internal Ophthalmoplegia Following Chickenpox

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Pensacola, Fla

Arch Ophthalmol. 1964;71(5):617-618. doi:10.1001/archopht.1964.00970010633004

Few reported cases of internal ophthalmoplegia can be attributed to chickenpox, and the following case is therefore presented. Laha and Srivastava1 in 1955 reported a 22-year-old Hindu male who noted monocular dimness of vision and dilated pupil one week after the onset of chickenpox, but no measurement of visual acuity nor accommodation was recorded. In 1958 Monod2 described a 7-year-old girl who was noted to have a dilated pupil six days after the onset of chicken pox. Forty days after the onset of the illness the vision in the left eye was reduced to 9/10, presumably due to paresis of accommodation. Three months later the child had regained her power of accommodation, but the pupil remained dilated after 4½ months of observation. The latest report of internal ophthalmoplegia due to chickenpox was that by Ross3 in 1961. He reported a 7-year-old white boy with 1.25 D of

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