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June 1978

Treatment of Herpes Simplex Keratitis With Levamisole

Author Affiliations

From the Francis I. Proctor Foundation for Research in Ophthalmology and the Department of Ophthalmology, University of California, San Francisco.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1978;96(6):1078-1081. doi:10.1001/archopht.1978.03910050598023

• A model of chronic herpetic keratitis was developed by injecting rabbits subconjunctivally with a corticosteroid. A levamisole hydrochloride-treated group of these rabbits developed milder, more rapidly healing epithelial lesions than an untreated group. Although most of the untreated rabbits developed stromal disease, almost all of the lesions in the levamisole-treated animals were limited to the epithelium.