Dehydrational crises from severe diarrhoea or heatstroke and risk of cataract

Lancet. 1984 Apr 7;1(8380):751-3. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(84)91274-1.


The first of a series of epidemiological studies in progress in India has shown a strong association between risk of cataract and remembered episodes of dehydrational crises from severe cholera-like diarrhoeal disease. The findings suggest that severe diarrhoea is a major risk factor in early development of cataract and might account for about 36% of cases in the study area.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cataract / blood
  • Cataract / etiology*
  • Dehydration / complications*
  • Dehydration / etiology
  • Diarrhea / complications*
  • Female
  • Heat Exhaustion / complications*
  • Humans
  • India
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Risk
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Sunstroke / complications