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External ocular pigmentation secondary to perforating eye injury.
  1. M T Benson,
  2. I Rennie and
  3. J Talbot
  1. Department of Ophthalmology, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield.


    The dispersal of pigment centrifugally through the conjunctiva from the site of a repaired traumatic perforation was observed. Iris tissue had been incarcerated in the wound for three days prior to surgical repair. Conjunctival biopsies were examined by light and electron microscopy. Light microscopy revealed a normal, non-pigmented conjunctival epithelium and numerous pigment-laden cells in the substantia propria. Electron microscopy showed these cells to contain melanosomes closely resembling those found in normal iris posterior pigment epithelium. The causes of abnormal external ocular pigmentation are discussed.

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