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January 1961

Ankyloblepharon Filiforme Adnatum

Author Affiliations

Winston-Salem, N.C.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1961;65(1):114-117. doi:10.1001/archopht.1961.01840020116019

Introduction  The present case of ankyloblepharon filiforme adnatum is presented for several reasons. First, the condition is very rare. Second, it is the second reported case in which examination of the intact strands of tissue and lids was possible. Third, it is associated with other congenital defects. Fourth, its possible mode of origin is suggested.Von Hasner,1 in 1882, first reported a case of this rare condition in which the margins of the eyelids are connected by fine bands of extensile tissue, interfering with movement. It is to be distinguished from ankyloblepharon, wherein the lid margins are not joined by bands but are directly fused. Less than 20 cases have appeared in the literature, the most recent being that reported by Lovi2 in 1957. The condition may be familial, having occurred in sisters in 1 instance reported by Khanna.3 The only reported case in a premature infant

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