The association of a developmental anomaly, an annular band of pigment on the posterior capsule of the lens, with a Krukenberg spindle, a distinctive collection of pigment on the posterior surface of the cornea, a condition the cause and nature of which is in dispute, is of interest as it gives support to the view that Krukenberg's spindle is an acquired lesion. A case in which this condition occurred is reported.
A youth aged 16 came to me to have his eyes examined for glasses, as distant vision was poor. There was a low grade myopic astigmatism. Each eye showed a characteristic Krukenberg spindle occupying the midline in the lower half of the cornea. It could be plainly seen with the ophthalmoscope and seen in detail with the biomicroscope. It measured about 4 mm. in length and 1 mm. in its greatest width and extended from the center of the
ZENTMAYER W. ASSOCIATION OF AN ANNULAR BAND OF PIGMENT ON POSTERIOR CAPSULE OF LENS WITH A KRUKENBERG SPINDLE. Arch Ophthalmol. 1938;20(1):52–57. doi:10.1001/archopht.1938.00850190064006
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