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Year : 1954  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 31


6, Little Russel Street, Calcutta, 16., India

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E J Somerset
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Somerset E J. Correspondence. Indian J Ophthalmol 1954;2:31

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Somerset E J. Correspondence. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 1954 [cited 2021 Feb 25];2:31. Available from: https://www.ijo.in/text.asp?1954/2/1/31/33591

The Editor,

All-India Ophthalmological Society,


Dear Sir,

I feel that the article " A New Manifestation of the Oculo-Glandular Syndrome " by C. B. Dhurandhar & B. T. Maskati in your January number requires some comment.

Parinaud's oculo-glandular syndrome, as originally described, was a very chronic uniocular granular conjunctivitis with a muco-fibrinous secretion, swollen lymphatic gland and accompanied by fever. The condition persists for many months and is entirely chronic.

The authors describe an epidemic of acute oedema of the lids, palpebral and bulbar conjunctiva. The eyes were red and the chemosis characteristic. Dis­charge was watery and the pre-parotid lymphatic gland was enlarged and tender. The cases got worse for 8 to 10 days and then gradually improved and were nearly normal after 3 weeks. They were not influenced by sulpha drugs or antibiotics. About 500 cases were seen during the last 3 years.

This is a condition which has been seen and described for many years in India and in fact was described by Herbert in Bombay in 1901. If the authors had instilled fluorescein and examined the cases carefully with a loupe they would, I feel sure, have found in nearly all cases spots of superficial keratitis. It appears that these were really cases of the epidemic variety of superficial punctate keratitis. Saline lotion and atropine drops will cure most cases by the 10th day.


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