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January 1975

Congenital Herpetic Keratitis

Author Affiliations

From the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute and the Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1975;93(1):70-73. doi:10.1001/archopht.1975.01010020074013

An infant, the first-born of twins, delivered by cesarean section without prior rupture of the membranes, was noted to have an advanced epithelial and stromal keratitis at birth. Herpes simplex, type 1, was cultured from the cornea and from skin vesicles which developed subsequently. The advanced nature of the lesion indicates that it was acquired In utero. This appears to be the first reported case of congenital herpetic keratitis.

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