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Year : 1985  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 129-131

A multiple malformation syndrome with ankylo­blepharon filiforme adnatum, with cleft lip and palate

Department of Ophthalmology, K.E.M. Hospital and Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

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Anjali J Modi
Department of Ophthalmology. K.E.M. Hospital, Mumbai
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Modi AJ, Adrianwalla S D. A multiple malformation syndrome with ankylo­blepharon filiforme adnatum, with cleft lip and palate. Indian J Ophthalmol 1985;33:129-31

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Modi AJ, Adrianwalla S D. A multiple malformation syndrome with ankylo­blepharon filiforme adnatum, with cleft lip and palate. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 1985 [cited 2022 Jan 28];33:129-31. Available from: https://www.ijo.in/text.asp?1985/33/2/129/30838

Both cleft lip palate and popliteal ptery­gia in their own are individually associated with a host of other malformations. Ankylo­blepharon filiforme adnatum is a congenital condition characterized by fusion of a portion of the lid margins, wherein the lid margins are connected by a tissue band, there being a failure of epithelium to cover the marginal mesoderm, permitting its fusion. This paper highlights such a case in which these features were noted.

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A 12 day old, low birth weight male child was referred for multiple congenital anomalies noted at birth. He was born of a first degree consanguineous marriage. The parents and other family members were normal.

On examination the child had bilateral fine bands running between the lid margins interfering with the opening of the eyes [Figure - 1]A. He had a cleft lip with complete cleft palate [Figure - 1]B, bilateral popliteal pterygia ex­tending from mid thigh to mid-calf, complete syndactyly of the 2nd and 3rd toes in both feet with nail hypoplasia [Figure - 1]D the 4th and 5th being absent, partially descended testis [Figure - 1]C and an accessory nipple. It was decided to repair the fused lids by cantholysis followed by mobilizing the conjunctiva and suturing it to the skin at the lid margins, but unfortunately the child died of gastroenteri­tis, a week after examination.

  Discussion Top

Von Hasner[2] in 1882 first reported a case of this rare condition in which the margins of the eyelids were connected by bands of exten­sile tissue interfering with the opening of the eyes, called ankyloblepharon filiforme adna­tum. This is to be distinguished from simple ankyloblepharon wherein the lid margins are not connected by bands but are directly fused The bands may be present in one or both eyes and may be single or multiple, the width varying from 0.3 mm to 4 mm and length from 1 mm to 10 mm varying with the degree of forcible separation. The bands are usually evident on the lateral, middle or rarely the nasal portion of the lid but never at the extreme canthi and they are composed of central vascular connective tissue surrounded by pavement epithelium.

The pathogenesis of this disorder is disputed The fusion cannot be a simple persistence of the normal embryologic union of the lids in fetal life and defective separation. Von Hasner[2] attributed the anomaly to a patholo­gical inflammatory growth of the skin since similar growths were also present on the cheeks in his case, but microscopic studies have failed to reveal evidence of inflammation. Wintersteiner[3] in 1908 postulated an epithe­lial defect at the borders of the eyelids during fetal life through which connective tissue grows, a defect considered as caused by trauma, as by the finger nail of the fetus in utero. This could however, hardly cause symmetrical multiple adhesions. A third theory is that the condition is a pure aberra­tion of development, due either to a tempo­rary arrest of epithelial growth or an abnor­mally proliferating mesoderm allowing union at certain points at the mesenchyme of the lid folds, without epithelial inter-position. The uniformity of familial occurrence and the pre­sence of associated anomalies suggest such an origin. The associated anomalies reported in the present case are all mesodermal in origin all occurring during the 9th to 10th week of gestation with the exception of the cleft lip and palate. This suggests that the ankyloble­pharon anomaly is probably mesodermal and may be related in some cases to fetal insults influencing development at this stage of gestation.

  Summary Top

An unusual report of a multiple malfor­mation syndrome with ankyloblepharon fili­forme adnatum, with cleft lip and palate, bilateral popliteal pterygia, bilateral complete syndactyly of 2nd and 3rd toes and hypoplas­tic nails, accessory nipple and partially des­cended testis is reported[4].

  References Top

Henkind P., Priest and Schiller, 1983, Com­pendtum of Opthalmology, p. 14.  Back to cited text no. 1
Von Hasner 1881, Ankyloblepharon Fili­forme Adenatum Ztschr F. Heilk 2429, Cited by Judge H, Mou W. and Gabreils J. 1929, Arch. Ophthmol 2 :702,  Back to cited text no. 2
Wintersteiner, H, 1908, Arch. F. augenh 59 ; 196.  Back to cited text no. 3
Duke Elder, S. ; 1963, System of Ophthalmo­logy, Vol. III. Normal and Abnormal Development, Part I, Congenital Deformities. St. Louis, C. V. Mosby Co., p. 827.  Back to cited text no. 4


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