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Fuchs' corneal dystrophy

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Endothelial dystrophy of cornea. A familial degenerative condition of the eye seen more commonly in women, with clouding of the cornea and often complicated by glaucoma. Occur in elderly persons. There is a juvenile and a senile variant, biomicroscopically indistinguishable. Inheritable disturbance, in some cases autosomal dominant, with a higher expressivity in women.

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  • E. Fuchs:
    Dystrophia epithelialis corneae.
    Albrecht von Graefes Archiv für Ophthalmologie, 1910, 76: 478.
  • E. Kraupa:
    Pigmentierungen der Hornhauthinterfläche bei «Dystrophia epithelialis (Fuchs)».
    Zeitschrift für Augenheilkunde, Basel, 1920, 44: 247.

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