Tsuya (née Sakurai) Kitagawa (1911 – 1995) was a Japanese ophthalmologist.
- Born 1911
- 1933 – Graduated in medicine from Tokyo Women’s Medical College
- Studied ophthalmology at Mitsui Memorial Hospital
- Died 1995
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
- Sakurai T. Multiple neurofibroma patient showing multiple flecks on the anterior surface of the iris. Acta Societatis Ophthalmologicae Japonicae, 1935; 39: 87-93.
- Sakurai (Kitagawa) Tsuya. IBBO L-Z: 277
- Albert DM, Edwards DD. The History of Ophthalmology. 1996
- Ragge NK, Falk RE, Cohen WE, Murphree AL. Images of Lisch nodules across the spectrum. Eye (Lond). 1993;7(1): 95-101.
- Mishima S. The History of Ophthalmology in Japan. 2004: 326
the person behind the name
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