Adies syndrome

Rooks, J.T.

Arch Ophthalmol: 936-941


DOI: 10.1016/s0140-6736(00)83368-1
Accession: 024195673

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Adie's syndrome occurs more frequently than is generally supposed. Many cases are overlooked entirely or are regarded as an irregular form of Argyll-Robertson pupil, or some other type of disturbance due to neurosyphilis. However, such a conclusion is not supported by the facts, for no relationship is known to exist between syphilis and the condition called Adie's syndrome. To subject such cases to the humiliation of a diagnosis of syphilis without corroborative evidence and to the inconvenience and expense of treatment for such a disease is reprehensible. Adie's syndrome occurs sometimes in childhood, but is usually encountered in early adult life, and more often in femalefemale. than malemale, and has been observed in > 1 member of the same family. It is a benign, chronic disorder which apparently has no deleterious effect on the general health. Subjective symptoms are not important. Although Case 1 complained of slight ocular pains, Case 2 was comfortable as far as his eyes were concerned. The cause is not known and the condition is not amenable to existing therapeutic measures.