scleromalacia perforans


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scleromalacia perforans

A severe form of necrotizing anterior scleritis usually found in patients with an underlying systemic inflammatory illness, e.g., rheumatoid arthritis.
See also: scleromalacia
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Scleromalacia perforans is a rare form of necrotising) anterior scleritis, commonly associated with chronic rheumatoid arthritis.
* Scleromalacia perforans: In patients with long-standing RA, the sclera becomes extremely thin and develops a blue-grey colour after the inflammation of repeated episodes of necrotising scleritis subsides.
In 1934, Van der Hoeve (NGUYEN & FOSTER, 1999) first recommended the use of grafts in scleromalacia perforans in human, using mucous membranes.