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102. Jahrestagung der DOG

Deutsche Ophthalmologische Gesellschaft e. V.

23. bis 26.09.2004, Berlin

From (kerato)konjunctivitis to systemic disease

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Evidenzbasierte Medizin - Anspruch und Wirklichkeit. 102. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft. Berlin, 23.-26.09.2004. Düsseldorf, Köln: German Medical Science; 2004. Doc04dogDO.13.03

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Many patients suffer from (kerato)konjunctivitis, associated with dry eye symtoms like burning, itching and foreign body sensation. In many cases, especially those caused by dry eyes, there is no explanation for the perhaps multifactorial disturbance. Nevertheless, (kerato)konjunctivitis can be a sign of a systemic disease.


Multiple diseases, associated with or preceded by (kerato)konjunctivitis are presented by means of histological findings and clinicopathological correlations.


Mainly systemic disorders like inflammatory skin / mucosa diseases, severe drug-related skin reactions, autoimmune disorders and diseases requiring haematopoetic stem cell transplantation can develop typical or atypical (kerato)konjunctivitis.


In patients presenting with (kerato)konjunctivitis, especially those without response to therapy, several systemic diseases have to be considered as an underlying cause.