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Syphilitic Interstitial Keratitis

December 20, 2011  by: Dr. Simran Kaur  Points: 8   Category: Health  Earning $0.20   Views: 410

Syphilitic interstitial keratitis is most usually found with the congenital syphilis. It usually occurs at the age of five to fifteen years.


Syphilitic interstitial keratitis is most usually found with the congenital syphilis. It usually occurs at the age of five to fifteen years.

Syphilitic interstitial keratitis occurs in three stages -

1. Initial progressive stage.

2. Florid stage.

3. Stage of regression.

1. Initial progressive stage
- begins with oedema of endothelium and deeper stroma.

. There is severe pain in eyes.

. Watering from the eyes.

. Photophobia.

. Blepharospasm.

2. Florid stage
- In this stage, eyes is acutely inflamed. There is deep vascularization of cornea.

. There is haziness in cornea.

. Salmon patch appearance.

3. Stage of regression
- The inflammation of eyes subsides and there occurs vascular invasion. Healing occurs in this stage.


1. VDRL test.

2. Treponema pallidum immobilization test.


1. Corticosteroids under doctor's supervision.

2. Antibiotics.

3. Wear dark goggles.

4. Keratoplasty.

5. Give medicines for the treatment of syphilis.


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