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June 1978

Atypical PterygiumA Clinical Feature of Terrien's Marginal Degeneration

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, College of Medicine, J. Hillis Miller Health Center, University of Florida, Gainesville. Dr Goldman is now with the Department of Ophthalmology, Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, Bronx, NY. Dr Kaufman is now with the Department of Ophthalmology, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1978;96(6):1027-1029. doi:10.1001/archopht.1978.03910050551012

• Three case reports illustrate a manifestation of Terrien's marginal corneal degeneration, the pseudopterygium. When present, the pseudopterygium has a characteristic appearance, which is of diagnostic value. This condition occurs at positions other than the 3- and 9-o'clock positions, and it grows onto the cornea at an oblique axis and has a rather broad, flat, leading edge. The pseudopterygium may appear extremely early in the disease when the marginal furrow may still be a subtle finding.