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Syphilis: congenital interstitial keratitis

Contributor: William Charles Caccamise, Sr, MD, Retired Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

*Dr. Caccamise has very generously shared his images of patients taken while operating during the "eye season" in rural India as well as those from his private practice during the 1960's and 1970's. Many of his images are significant for their historical perspective and for techniques and conditions seen in settings in undeveloped areas.

Category: Cornea

interstitial keratitis with congenital syphilis

It is unusual for the interstial keratitis that occurs in a congenital luetic to appear before the age of 5 years. This patient was 20 years-old at the time of the photo and had been aware of eye problems for a number of years.

syphilis: congenital interstitial keratitis

The patient had bilateral interstitial keratitis due to her congenital syphilis.

syphilis: congenital interstitial keratitis


syphilis: congenital interstitial keratitis

This is a computer adjusted version of photo (below) to make the corneal lesion more apparent.

Interstitial keratitis due to congenital syphilis

the original photo

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last updated: 02-08-2008
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