Meesmann corneal dystrophy
Other Names for this Disease
- Meesmann corneal epithelial dystrophy
- Corneal dystrophy, juvenile epithelial of Meesmann
- Juvenile hereditary epithelial dystrophy
- Meesman dystrophy
slit-lamp examination of the cornea shows diffuse clusters of tiny round cysts in the epithelial membrane. Over time these cysts can rupture and cause erosions. The erosions may result in light sensitivity, redness, and pain. Vision remains good in most, but not all, cases. Meesmann corneal dystrophy can be caused by mutations in the KRT3 or KRT12 gene. It is inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion.Meesmann corneal dystrophy is a rare genetic condition affecting the epithelial membrane of the cornea. A
Last updated: 5/22/2015
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- Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Meesmann corneal dystrophy. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
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- The National Eye Institute (NEI) was established by Congress in 1968 to protect and prolong the vision of the American people. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
- The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) has a report for patients and families about this condition. NORD is a patient advocacy organization for individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them.
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- Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
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- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Meesmann corneal dystrophy. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
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