Terrien's marginal corneal degeneration

J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus. Mar-Apr 1982;19(2):97-9. doi: 10.3928/0191-3913-19820301-08.


Terrien's disease is an uncommon (Terrien himself saw only three cases in thirty years of practice) corneal condition characterized by vascularization, opacification, lipid deposition, and thinning. With progression, large degrees of astigmatism occur and perforation is a threat. One-third of cases exhibit an inflammatory component. While typically described as a disease of middle to late age, these four cases indicate the full spectrum of clinical disease may be seen by an ophthalmologist who cares for children.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Athletic Injuries / complications*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cornea / surgery
  • Corneal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Corneal Diseases / pathology
  • Corneal Injuries
  • Eye Injuries / complications*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lens Subluxation / etiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sports