Barry D. Kels

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A 32-year-old man with pigmentary dispersion syndrome had blurred vision and halos after strenuous exercise, associated with a release of pigment into the anterior chamber and increased intraocular pressure (IOP). Additionally, he had typical symptoms after emotional stress or exposure to dim illumination, and had a high IOP without angle closure during a(More)
Glaucoma affected the ability to detect low-contrast, flickering patterns ('DRC' measurement). DRC patterns were foveally viewed, of low spatial frequency, and flickering at 8 hertz. Interocular comparisons were performed in control subjects, in ocular hypertensives, and in glaucoma patients with asymmetric damage. Interocular differences in DRC tended to(More)
This article describes several melanocytic lesions of the eye. Benign and malignant lesions will be discussed as well as a review of the dysplastic nevus syndrome and its proposed association with ocular melanoma. Ocular melanomas arise from the same embryologically derived melanocytes as their cutaneous counterparts. However, ocular and cutaneous melanomas(More)
Ocular and cutaneous stigmata are hallmarks of the heritable disorders of collagen and elastic tissue. Awareness of the oculocutaneous features is essential both to aid diagnosis and to direct management of affected patients. Although the angioid streaks of PXE, blue sclerae of OI, ocular fragility of EDS and ectopia lentis of Marfan syndrome are the(More)
Although dermatology does not lead the list of specialties most commonly sued for malpractice, anyone who has been the recipient of a malpractice claim is often traumatized both personally and professionally. Every day dermatologists must address various ethical concerns that have legal implications. Herein, we chose to discuss the following such issues:(More)
Inarguably medical errors constitute a serious, dangerous, and expensive problem for the twenty-first-century US health care system. This review examines the incidence, nature, and complexity of alleged medical negligence and medical malpractice. The authors hope this will constitute a road map to medical providers so that they can better understand the(More)
Recently, a patient presented to the dermatology clinic suffering from disabling, recurrent palmoplantar vesicles and pustules. Biopsy demonstrated nondiagnostic histologic findings without unequivocal evidence for psoriasis. The localized rash was recalcitrant to a host of standard therapies. An anti-tumor necrosis factor biologic was considered, and(More)
An adult female school bus driver presented to the dermatology clinic with her husband. After discussing the patient’s history of illness, review of symptoms and social history revealed that she consumed large amounts of alcohol every night. Upon further discussion the patient stated she remained sober during the day and took regular breathalyzer tests, but(More)
With the impending implementation of Obamacare in the context of a depressed American economy; an unsustainable national deficit and debt; and increasing personal dependency upon government largesse, a perfect storm is developing in the United States. This perfect storm is embodied by the paradox that an expanding population of Title XIX insured patients is(More)