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Ankyloblepharon filiforme adnatum
  1. SUNILA JAIN,
  2. ANTHONY J ATKINSON,
  3. BRYAN HOPKISSON
  1. Eye Department, Northampton General Hospital
  2. Cliftonville, Northampton NN1 5BD
  1. Sunila Jain, Eye Department, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Infirmary Square, Leicester LE1 5WW.

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Editor,—Ankyloblepharon filiforme adnatum is a rare benign congenital anomaly first described by Von Hasner in 1881.1 Fusion of the eyelid margins is a normal stage in human development but an abnormal occurrence at birth.1The developing eyelid margins remain fused until the fifth gestational month, but may not be completely separated until the seventh month.2 Ankyloblepharon is characterised by full thickness fusion of the lid margins.

Ankyloblepharon filiforme adnatum comprises single or multiple fine bands of extensile tissue connecting the lid margins at the grey line and it reduces the palpebral fissure by interfering with the movements of lids.

The abnormality has been reported as an isolated finding, in association with other anomalies or as a part of a well defined syndrome.

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