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Waardenburg-Jonkers disease

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Progressive corneal dystrophy in young infants, with eye irritation episodes, progressive impairment of vision, and reduction of corneal sensitivity. After irritation minute dots appear in the parenchyma, resembling snowflakes or hailstones, which tend to occupy the entire surface of the cornea. The dots last a few days and disappear spontaneously without therapy. Both sexes affected; present from first year of life. Transmitted as a dominant trait


  • P. J. Waardenburg, G. H. Jonkers:
    A specific type of dominant progressive dystrophy of the cornea, developing after birth.
    Acta Ophthalmologica, Copenhagen, 1961, 39: 919-923.

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