Kayser-Fleischer Ring

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1902 Kayser

1903 – Fleischer description in the same journal, a year after Kayser. His contribution went beyond that of Kayser, he recognised that the ring was a marker for a particular neuropsychiatric disorder associated with cirrhosis. However his breakthrough was overshadowed by the work of Kinnier Wilson

1934 Both Kayser and Fleischer postulated silver deposition as the cause. First published report of copper being the causative agent was in 1934 by Dr. Werner Gerlach and Willhelm Rohrschneider.

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  • Kayser-Fleischer Ring – not to be confused with Fleischer Ring (associated with keratoconus and described in 1906)

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