Journal article

The Necessity for Ocular Assessment in Atopic Children: Bilateral Corneal Hydrops in an 8 Year Old

Laura E Downie

Pediatrics | AMER ACAD PEDIATRICS | Published : 2014


Acute corneal hydrops is a rare complication of advanced corneal ectasia. This case report describes the clinical course of a child with severe atopy and no previous ocular examination who developed bilateral, acute corneal hydrops, secondary to keratoconus, by 8 years of age. The report demonstrates the rapidity of progression in the pediatric phenotype of the disease. This case also provides an important clinical lesson in highlighting the necessity for children with atopy to be referred for comprehensive ophthalmic examination, even in the apparent absence of visual symptoms, to ensure the timely diagnosis and management of any atopy-associated ocular disease. Prompt referral is particula..

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