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October 1981

Congenital Rubella Syndrome-Reply

Author Affiliations

Lexington, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1981;99(10):1868. doi:10.1001/archopht.1981.03930020741024

In Reply.  —I sincerely would like to thank Dr Ehrlich for bringing his article concerning "Spontaneous Absorption of Congenital Cataracts Following Maternal Rubella"1 to our attention. In that excellent case report, he described a youngster seen shortly after birth whose cataracts underwent partial spontaneous absorption. Subsequently, the patient required needling of membranous opacities in each eye. He also cites several other authors who discuss their experience with membranous cataracts and lend support to the concept of partial spontaneous absorption.We are sorry we were unaware of the article by Ehrlich and would certainly like to acknowledge his early report on this condition and compliment him on his observation. The membranous cataracts in his youngster seem similar to the partially absorbed cataract of the fourth and fifth patients described in our article.2 The first three patients described in our article differ only slightly, in that the opaque lens material

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