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This photograph depicts a close view of a female patient’s right eye, revealing the presence of a diffuse corneal stromal haze, known as interstitial keratitis (IK), which in this case, was due to her late-staged congenital syphilitic condition, caused by the bacterium, Treponema pallidum. IK, which is an inflammation of the cornea’s connective tissue elements, usually affects both eyes, and can occur as a complication brought on by congenital, or acquired syphilis. IK usually occurs in children older than two years of age.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Susan Lindsley, VD
Creation Date:1973
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