Get 20M+ Full-Text Papers For Less Than $1.50/day. Start a 14-Day Trial for You or Your Team.

Learn More →

Recurrent Episcleritis and Emotional Stress

Recurrent Episcleritis and Emotional Stress Abstract To the Editor. —Simple episcleritis is characterized by transient episodes of episcleral inflammation, usually confined to a quadrant of the globe between rectus muscles. The disorder rarely affects visual acuity and its cause in most cases remains obscure despite thorough medical evaluation. I would like to share my experience with a patient having recurrent episcleritis that was closely associated with emotional stress. Report of a Case. —A 32-year-old physician was initially seen three days prior to his board examination in surgery because of a one-week history of mild irritation and injection in the right eye. He was otherwise in good health, but during the first two years of medical school the patient had a recurrent eczematous rash on the antecubital fossa. The rash appeared consistently five to six days before medical school examinations, progressed in severity until the time of the examinations, and then spontaneously resolved within two to four References 1. Rahe RH: Subjects' recent life changes and their near-future illness susceptibility . Adv Psychosom Med 1972;8:2-19. 2. Obermayer M: Psychocutaneous Medicine . Springfield, Ill, Charles C Thomas Publisher, 1955. 3. Weiner H, Thaler M, Reiser MF, et al: Etiology of duodenal ulcer . Psychosom Med 1957;19:1-10.Crossref 4. Engel GL: Studies of ulcerative colitis: III. The nature of the psychology process . Am J Med 1955;19:231-256.Crossref 5. Andrew L, Wadenvik H, Kutti H, et al: Stress and platelet activation . Acta Haematol 1983;70:302-306.Crossref 6. Jenkin CK: Recent evidence supporting psychologic and social risk factors for coronary disease . N Engl J Med 1976;294:987-994.Crossref 7. Watson PG, Hayreh SS: Scleritis and episcleritis . Br J Ophthalmol 1976;60:163-191.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Ophthalmology American Medical Association

Recurrent Episcleritis and Emotional Stress

Archives of Ophthalmology , Volume 102 (6) – Jun 1, 1984

Loading next page...
 
/lp/american-medical-association/recurrent-episcleritis-and-emotional-stress-EPPfNR1wDO
Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1984 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-9950
eISSN
1538-3687
DOI
10.1001/archopht.1984.01040030647004
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

Abstract To the Editor. —Simple episcleritis is characterized by transient episodes of episcleral inflammation, usually confined to a quadrant of the globe between rectus muscles. The disorder rarely affects visual acuity and its cause in most cases remains obscure despite thorough medical evaluation. I would like to share my experience with a patient having recurrent episcleritis that was closely associated with emotional stress. Report of a Case. —A 32-year-old physician was initially seen three days prior to his board examination in surgery because of a one-week history of mild irritation and injection in the right eye. He was otherwise in good health, but during the first two years of medical school the patient had a recurrent eczematous rash on the antecubital fossa. The rash appeared consistently five to six days before medical school examinations, progressed in severity until the time of the examinations, and then spontaneously resolved within two to four References 1. Rahe RH: Subjects' recent life changes and their near-future illness susceptibility . Adv Psychosom Med 1972;8:2-19. 2. Obermayer M: Psychocutaneous Medicine . Springfield, Ill, Charles C Thomas Publisher, 1955. 3. Weiner H, Thaler M, Reiser MF, et al: Etiology of duodenal ulcer . Psychosom Med 1957;19:1-10.Crossref 4. Engel GL: Studies of ulcerative colitis: III. The nature of the psychology process . Am J Med 1955;19:231-256.Crossref 5. Andrew L, Wadenvik H, Kutti H, et al: Stress and platelet activation . Acta Haematol 1983;70:302-306.Crossref 6. Jenkin CK: Recent evidence supporting psychologic and social risk factors for coronary disease . N Engl J Med 1976;294:987-994.Crossref 7. Watson PG, Hayreh SS: Scleritis and episcleritis . Br J Ophthalmol 1976;60:163-191.Crossref

Journal

Archives of OphthalmologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jun 1, 1984

References