Alteration of Microfibrils in the Conjunctiva of Patients With Exfoliation Syndrome

Young Bae Roh, Tatsuro Ishibashi, Noritaka Ito, Hajime Inomata

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Abstract

We electron-microscopically studied 15 specimens of upper limbal conjunctiva obtained from 14 patients with exfoliation syndrome and clinical evidence of glaucoma. Of 15 specimens, four (three patients) contained exfoliation materials in the stroma of the conjunctiva. These exfoliation materials of immature, intermediate, and mature forms were composed of abnormal microfibrils lying adjacent to the fibroblasts and located in close proximity to the elastic and collagen fibers. These observations suggest a sequence of events by which microfibrils develop into exfoliation materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)978-982
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Ophthalmology
Volume105
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1987

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  • Ophthalmology

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