A previously healthy 80-year-old man had uneventful clear corneal cataract extraction. An extensive peripheral corneal infiltrate with overlying epithelial defect at the incision site was noted at the regular follow-up visit 1 week after surgery. Corneal cultures showed no evidence of infectious kratitis. A systemic evaluation uncovered early-stage, active rheumatoid arthritis. This case illustrates that peripheral ulcerative keratitis may occur with a small clear corneal incision and may be the presenting sign of a previously indiagnosed rheumatoid disease. (C) 2000 ASCRS and ESCRS.
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- Sensory Systems