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October 1973

Ocular Trauma During Amniocentesis

Author Affiliations

From the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1973;90(4):303-304. doi:10.1001/archopht.1973.01000050305012

A 17-month-old infant had a histologically documented congenital epithelial cyst of the anterior chamber. The only possible source of antenatal penetrating trauma was transabdominal amniocentesis performed at 34 weeks of gestation for determination of erythroblastosis fetalis status. The morphologic structure of the cyst as well as the nature of ocular abnormalities observed from birth are consistent with the hypothesis that ocular penetration occurred during this procedure.