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Kaposi’s sarcoma
a neoplastic disease especially affecting the skin and mucous membranes, usually characterized by the formation of pink to reddish-brown or bluish tumorous plaques, macules, papules, or nodules, especially on the lower extremities, and formerly limited primarily to elderly men in whom it followed a benign course but now being a major and sometimes fatal disease associated with immunodeficient individuals with AIDS

inflammation of the cornea; includes keratitis sicca, interstitial keratitis, dendritic (branching) keratitis, rosacea keratitis, and neuroparalytic keratitis

keratoconjunctivitis sicca
a condition associated with reduction in lacrimal secretion and marked by redness of the conjunctiva, itching and burning of the eye, and often filaments of desquamated epithelial cells adhering to the cornea

progressive thinning of the central cornea, resulting in a bulging outward and the formation of a rounded cone; produces moderate to severe corneal distortion and increase in myopia; can cause corneal scarring, requiring corneal transplantation to restore vision

keratectomy, photorefractive (PRK)
see photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

keratotomy, radial (RK)
see radial keratotomy (RK)

Krause glands
see glands, Krause

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