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CHRONIC CONJUNCTIVITIS DUE TO THE VIRUS OF VENEREAL LYMPHOGRANULOMA

William Curth, M.D.; Helen Ollendorff Curth, M.D.; Murray Sanders, M.D.
JAMA. 1940;115(6):445-447. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.72810320001009.
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Under the name Parinaud's conjunctivitis a peculiar inflammation of the conjunctiva of one eye with subsequent swelling of the regional preauricular and submaxillary lymph glands has been described. The various organisms that have been accused as possible causative agents include the tubercle bacillus (human and bovine), Bacterium tularense, Spirochaeta pallida, the glanders bacillus, Sporothrix, Streptococcus and Leptothrix. The virus of venereal lymphogranuloma has also been listed among the etiologic organisms.

In this paper we are adding to the small number of recorded cases another case of conjunctivitis due to the virus of venereal lymphogranuloma.

The French ophthalmologist Morax1 was the first author to call attention to the etiologic relationship of the virus of venereal lymphogranuloma to some cases of Parinaud's conjunctivitis, although he had no case of his own to prove his point. In the case of Levaditi, Bollack, Basch and Desvignes,2 marked unilateral conjunctivitis of the bulb

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