Tsuya Sakurai

Tsuya (née Sakurai) Kitagawa (1911 - 1995)

Tsuya (née Sakurai) Kitagawa (1911 – 1995) was a Japanese ophthalmologist.

Medical Eponyms

Sakurai-Lisch nodules (1935)

In 1935, two years before Lisch’s paper, Sakurai in Japan published a beautifully illustrated paper linking characteristic iris nodules with von Recklinghausen’s neurofibromatosis, complete with three unequivocal pictures of the iris appearances.

we propose that Tsuya Sakurai, a Japanese physician, be given credit for her detailed and well-illustrated description of iris lesions and von Recklinghausen neurofibromatosis. We wish to rename them Sakurai-Lisch nodules in her honour.

Nicola K Ragge et al 1993: 99

Major Publications
  • Sakurai T. Multiple neurofibroma patient showing multiple flecks on the anterior surface of the iris. Acta Societatis Ophthalmologicae Japonicae, 1935; 39: 87-93.


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