PATTERNS OF SUPERFICIAL KERATOPATHY

THOMAS ROUSSEL, RICHARD GRUTZMACHER, DOUGLAS COSTER

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Abstract

Corneal surface abnormalities are commonly encountered in ophthalmology and are manifestations of a wide range of underlying disease processes. The diversity of both clinical presentation and morphological appearance requires a systematic approach to the identification and management of these superficial corneal changes. Accurate diagnosis of superficial keratopathy requires skilful observation to seek the most characteristic clinical sign, a deductive thought process based on a knowledge of disease patterns, and occasionally the use of laboratory procedures to confirm the working diagnosis. We have classified changes of the corneal surface into five categories based on the clinical pattern (punctate, dendritic, plaque, vortex, and linear). We show how pattern recognition, with the aid of clinical presentation, history, and appropriate investigations, can lead to accurate diagnosis and initiation of proper management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-316
Number of pages16
JournalAustralian Journal of Opthalmology
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1984
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cornea
  • corneal epithelium
  • dendritic keratopathy
  • keratopathy
  • linear keratopathy.
  • plaque keratopathy
  • punctate keratopathy
  • vortex keratopathy

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