Case Report

Case report of a ‘relatively’ new corneal disease

Dirk J. Booysen, Roland Höllhumer
African Vision and Eye Health | Vol 79, No 1 | a543 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/aveh.v79i1.543 | © 2020 Dirk J. Booysen, Roland Hollhumer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 October 2019 | Published: 05 March 2020

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Dirk J. Booysen, Department of Optometry, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
Roland Höllhumer, Department of Ophthalmology, University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa; and, The Cornea Foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa


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Abstract

Peripheral hypertrophic sub-epithelial corneal degeneration was first described in 2003 and involves bilateral, symmetrical, peripheral, hypertrophic and sub-epithelial corneal opacification. The disease affects mostly young white women with light-coloured eyes and must be differentiated from corneal intraepithelial neoplasia, bullous keratopathy, climatic droplet keratopathy, corneal amyloidosis, corneal keloid, hereditary hypertrophic scarring, pseudo-pterygia and Salzmann’s nodular degeneration. This case report serves to highlight the clinical findings.

Keywords

corneal opacification; sub-epithelial; degeneration; hypertrophic; cornea

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