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Am J Ophthalmol. 2004 Apr;137(4):752-3.

Amniotic membrane transplantation in a case of ligneous conjunctivitis.

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Department of Neurosciences, Ophthalmology and Genetics, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy. barabino@vision.eri.harvard.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To report a case of ligneous conjunctivitis treated with amniotic membrane transplantation.

DESIGN:

Interventional case report.

METHODS:

A 44-year-old woman presented with woodlike lesions in the upper and lower tarsal conjunctiva, blepharoptosis, and reduced visual acuity in the left eye. After confirmation of the diagnosis of ligneous conjunctivitis, she underwent amniotic membrane transplantation.

RESULTS:

At the 2-month, 4-month, and 6-month examinations, the tarsal conjunctiva appeared free from membranes. At 8 months, the patient underwent amniotic membrane transplantation for small recurrences. At the 36-month examination, no membranes were evident, and visual acuity was 20/20.

CONCLUSIONS:

In this first report of amniotic membrane transplantation in a case of ligneous conjunctivitis, we found that conjunctival reconstruction shows promising results in this difficult-to-manage disease.

PMID:
15059718
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajo.2003.09.017
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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