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Etymology: Gk, skleros + malakia, softening; L, perforare, to pierce
a condition of the eyes in which devitalization and sloughing of the sclera occur as a complication of rheumatoid arthritis. The pigmented uvea becomes exposed, and glaucoma, cataract formation, and detachment of the retina may result.
A severe form of necrotizing anterior scleritis usually found in patients with an underlying systemic inflammatory illness, e.g., rheumatoid arthritis.
See also: scleromalacia