An ultrastructural study of Elschnig's pearls in the pseudophakic eye

J P Kappelhof, G F Vrensen, P T de Jong, J Pameyer, B Willekens

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    In two pseudophakic human eyes, obtained post mortem, Elschnig's pearls were visible biomicroscopically. One eye contained a medallion lens and the other an iridocapsular lens (implanted for 53 months and 39 months, respectively). The medallion lens was fixed to the iris but was not attached to the Soemmerring's ring. Elschnig's pearls and star-shaped cells were found on the posterior capsule in the pupillary space. One loop of the iridocapsular lens was encased in the Soemmerring's ring whereas the other was located between the iris and the lens remnants. The Elschnig's pearls were on the anterior side of the ring; only a few were in the pupillary space. Two other pseudophakic eyes with clear posterior capsules also contained small numbers of Elschnig's pearls on or just near the peripheral lens remnants.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)58-69
    Number of pages12
    JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 1986


    • Cataract Extraction/adverse effects
    • Humans
    • Lens Capsule, Crystalline/ultrastructure
    • Lens Diseases/pathology
    • Lenses, Intraocular
    • Microscopy, Electron
    • Microscopy, Electron, Scanning
    • Postoperative Complications


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