Prognostic Indicators of Herpetic Keratitis: Analysis of a Five-Year Observation Period After Corneal Ulceration

Kirk R. Wilhelmus, Douglas J. Coster, Hugh C. Donovan, Michael G. Falcon, Barrie R. Jones

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Abstract

Clinical features of 152 patients with herpetic keratitis after a five-year observation period were analyzed. When compared with dendritic ulceration, geographic ulcers that had been symptomatically present for a longer time were more likely to have been treated with a topical steroid and took longer to heal. After treatment of the corneal ulceration, 40% of the patients experienced a recurrent herpetic ulcer, 25% experienced disciform or irregular stromal keratouveitis, 5% experienced ocular hypertension, and 6% had a decrease in visual acuity caused by corneal scarring. Recurrent ulcerative herpetic keratitis occurred more frequently in men and in patients who entered the study with a history of previous herpetic ulceration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1578-1582
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Ophthalmology
Volume99
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1981
Externally publishedYes

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