Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

: 1990  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 183-

Ankyloblepheron filiforme adnatum-A case report

Arun Mathur, Alka Gupta 
 Department of Ophthalmology, L.L.R.M. Medical College, Meerut, India

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Arun Mathur
Department of Ophthalmology, L.L.R.M. Medical College, Meerut


A rare case of Ankyloblepheron Filiforme Adnatum in a new born is presented.

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It is a condition where the lid margins are connected by fine bands of extensile tissue, which reduces the pal�pebral fissure by interfering with the movements of the lids. It is different from ankyloblepheron where the lid margins are directly fused together at the canthi. It is a rare anomally. This can be unilateral or bilateral, with a single band or multiple bands, placed symmetrically or asymmetrically.


A 3 month old child was brought to the hospital by the parents with the complaints that child is not able to open his eyes since birth. On examination we found one bilateral symmetrical band in both eyes. This band was extensible and its elasticity allowed it to be stretched on forcible separation. The length of the band was 2mm x 1 mm in the unstretched condition. [Figure 1].

After excision of the bands the eyes were normal and did not show any other congenital defect.


Ankyloblepheron Filiforms Adnatum is a rare disease and only 21 cases have been noted in the past (Long & Blandford 1962) [1]. The few cases which have been reported show that the usual anomaly is a single unilateral band which may occur any where in palpebral aperture. Such cases have been earlier reported by Bunzel, 1897, [2] Webster, 1899: [3] Judge, Mott and Gabriels, 1929; [4] Mattsson, 1950; 5 Long and Blandford, 1962. No such case has been reported from the Indian Community.


1long and Blandford: Amer. J.Ophthal.53.126 (1962).
2Bunzel. Prgmed. Wschr, 22, 441 (1897).
3Webster. Beitz. Augenheilk..4,(34)318. 1899.
4Judge. Mott and Gabriel: Arch. Ophth. (Chicago). 2, 702(1929).