Ocular ferning test. A qualitative test for mucus deficiency

K. F. Tabbara, M. Okumoto

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A new qualitative test for the study of conjunctival mucus has been developed. Conjunctival scrapings were obtained from 196 patients. Microscopic mucus ferning (arborization) was observed in 148 (91%) patients with various forms of acute conjunctivitis. Six patients (18%) with cicatrizing conjunctivitis (diffuse conjunctival cicatrization, ocular pemphigoid, Stevens-Johnson syndrome) had mucus ferning in their conjunctival scrapings specimens. Mucus ferning was significantly absent (P <0.005) in patients with diffuse conjunctival cicatrization when compared to mucus ferning in other forms of conjunctivitis. Ocular mucus ferning test is a simple inexpensive office test for the evaluation of patients with mucus deficiency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)712-714
Number of pages3
JournalOphthalmology
Volume89
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes

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Mucus
Conjunctivitis
Cicatrix
Bullous Pemphigoid
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

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Tabbara, K. F., & Okumoto, M. (1982). Ocular ferning test. A qualitative test for mucus deficiency. Ophthalmology, 89(6), 712-714.

Ocular ferning test. A qualitative test for mucus deficiency. / Tabbara, K. F.; Okumoto, M.

In: Ophthalmology, Vol. 89, No. 6, 1982, p. 712-714.

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Tabbara, KF & Okumoto, M 1982, 'Ocular ferning test. A qualitative test for mucus deficiency', Ophthalmology, vol. 89, no. 6, pp. 712-714.
Tabbara, K. F. ; Okumoto, M. / Ocular ferning test. A qualitative test for mucus deficiency. In: Ophthalmology. 1982 ; Vol. 89, No. 6. pp. 712-714.
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