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Schnyder's corneal dystrophy

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    A familial form of crystalline corneal degeneration present from birth or with onset early in life. It is characterized by symmetrical, greyish, discoid clouding of the central or paracentral parts of the cornea, extending to the limbus, and by abnormal deposits of cholesterol and lipids in the cornea. Both sexes affected. Aetiology unknown. Inheritance is autosomal dominant.


    • I. van Wendt, F. Wibaut:
      Een zeldzame Erfelijke Hoornvledsaandoening.
      Nederlandsch Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 1924, 68: 2996.
    • W. F. Schnyder:
      Mitteilung über einen neuen Typus von familiärer Hornhauterkrankung.
      Abstract. Schweizerische medizinische Wochenschrift, Basel, 1929, 10: 559.
    • W. F. Schnyder:
      Scheibenförmige Kristalleinlagerungen in der Hornhautmitte als Erbleiden (degeneratio cristallinea corneal hereditaria).
      Klinische Monatsblätter für Augenheilkunde, Stuttgart, 1939, 103: 494-502.

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