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Franceschetti's dystrophy

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Recurring corneal reaction characterized by impairment of central vision with intact peripheral retinal function. There is nondendritic corneal ulcer and strong oedema. Pain when opening the eyes in the morning, diminishing as the day progresses. Mild fever. Usually following a minor injury. Both sexes affected; onset usually in childhood. The frequency of attacks diminishes with age, becoming quite rare after the age of 50. Hereditary familial form is autosomal dominant.


  • A. Franceschetti, J. François, J. Babel:
    Les Héredo-Dégénérescences chorio-rétiniennes.
    Volume 1. Paris, 1963.
  • A. Franceschetti:
    Hereditäre, rezidivierende Erosion der Hornhaut.
    Zeitschrift für Augenheilkunde, Basel, 1928, 66: 309-316.
  • H. E. Kaufman:
    Epithelial erosion syndrome: Metaherpetic keratitis.
    American Journal of Ophthalmology, Chicago, 1964, 57: 983-987.
  • O. Valle:
    Keratitis fugax hereditaire.
    Duodecim, Helsinki, 1964, 80: 659-664.

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