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Year : 1976  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 29-30

Cryptophthalmos with syndactyly

Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Calcutta, India

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Cryptophthalmos is a condition of total absence of eyelids and the skin of forehead is continuous with that of cheek. It is a rare congenital anomaly and was first described by Zchender and Manz[15]. It can occur as an isolated anomaly, but usually it is associated with multiple malformations like cleft palate, syndactyly, malformations of ear and nose and urogenital anomalies[8]. To our knowledge, six cases[2],[3],[7],[9],[11],[12] have been reported from India. Because of its rarity, a case of crypto­phthalmos with syndactyly is being reported here.

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A female child aged about eight months was admitted to the eye ward B.S. Medical College Hospital, Bankura with the complaint of closure of eyelids on both sides since birth. She was a normally delivered full-term child. Patents were not consanguinous. Their other three children were healthy. There was no history of such abnormality in the family. Mother gave history of two still births. She also gave history of being trea­ted with strepto-penicillin injections for cervical lymph­adenitis during early months of pregnancy. Her V.D.R.L. test was negative.

On examination the baby was of average built. The skin of forehead was continuous without interruption with the skin of cheek on both sides completely covering the eye balls. On the left side there was a horizontal shallow linear depression in the region of palpebral fissure. Downy hairs were present above the region of the eyebrows and they were continuous with the hairs of temples. Eyeballs could be palpated, but they appeared smaller. There was no response of the baby when strong light was focussed on eyeballs. The bridge of the nose was broad and depressed. The index, middle and ring fingers of right hand and all the four fingers of left hand were joined together. Ears, lips, palate and external genitalia were healthy. No other abnormality could be detected on systemic examination.

As there was a groove of palpebral fissure on the left side, separation of eyelids from the eyeball was tried under general anaesthesia, with an idea for improvement of the appearance to some extent. During operation, tarsus or conjunctiva could not be identified. Cornea was completely opaque and covered with thick vasculari­sed connective tissue. Limbus was also unidentifiable. As the conjunctiva was absent and cornea was maldeve­loped, the idea of separating the lids from the blind eye­ball was abandoned.

  Discussion Top

Francois[5] considered the syndrome to have four characteristics : (i) Cryptophthalmia, (ii) Dyscephaly - meningoencephalocele harelip, cleft palate and anomalies of ear and nose, (iii) Syndactyly and (iv) Genital anomalies. Sugar[13] collected 17 cases of cryptophthalmos with syndactyly reported mostly from western countries and added his own case. He first used the term 'Cryptophthalmos Syndactyly Syndrome'. Cryptophthalmos is often bilateral (20 out of 32 cases collected by Avizonis[1]). Most cases are sporadic but autosomal synd­romes have been described which by reason of consanguinity of parents or several affected siblings, must be regarded as autosomal recessives[14]. Consanguinity is present in 15% of cases[13]. Apart from hereditary cause, other theories like inhibition of development due to some abnormal ectodermal differentiation and inflammatory theory 'ankyloblepheron by ankylosis have been suggested[4]. In this present case, mother was treated for cervical lympha­denitis in early months of pregnacy with streptopenicillin injections, so the adverse effects of antibiotics on the developing foetus cannot be ruled out[6],[10].

As the cornea and anterior segment is grossly maldeveloped, any attempt for improve­ment of the condition surgically is useless.

  Summary Top

A case of bilaleral cryptophthalrr.os with syndactyly is presented and the literature has been compendiously reviewed.

  References Top

Avizonis, P., 1928 quoted by Duke Elder, S. 1964, Sys. of Ophthal, 3, 830, Henry Kimpton, London.  Back to cited text no. 1
Dada, V. K. and Agarwal, 1969 Orient. Arch. Of Ophthal., 7, 126.  Back to cited text no. 2
Das., 1974 Ind. J. Ophthal., 22, 4, 24.  Back to cited text no. 3
Duke Elder, S., 1964 Sys. of Ophthal 3, (2), 833, Henry Kimpton, London.  Back to cited text no. 4
Francois J., 1965, Amer, J. Ophthal. 66, 897.  Back to cited text no. 5
Fillipa and Mela 1957 quoted by Woollam D.H.M., 1966, Advances in Teratology 1 , 271, Logos Press Ltd.. London.  Back to cited text no. 6
Ghosh, C.K., 1952, Calcutta Med. J. 49, (5), 210.   Back to cited text no. 7
Goldhammer, Y. and Lawton Smith, J., 1975, Amer. J. Ophthal., 80, (1), 146.  Back to cited text no. 8
Gupta, S. P. and Saxena, R. C., 1962 Brit. J. Ophthal., 46, 629.  Back to cited text no. 9
Ingalls et al 1952 quoted by Duke Elder 1964. Syst. of Ophthal., 2, 832,  Back to cited text no. 10
Muthayya, R. E. S. and Ramlingham. T. T., 1949, Proc. All India Ophthal. Soc., 10, 8.  Back to cited text no. 11
Singh, N., 1973, The Antiseptic, 70 (2), 125.  Back to cited text no. 12
Sugar, H. S., 1968, Amer. J. Ophthal., 66, 897.  Back to cited text no. 13
Stevenson, A. C. and Davidson, B. C. C., 1970, Genetic Counselling, 168, William Heinmann Medical Books Ltd. London.  Back to cited text no. 14
Zehender and Manz. 1872, quoted by Duke Elder 1964 Sys. of Ophthal., 3 2, 830, Henry Kimpton, London.  Back to cited text no. 15


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