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Peters' anomaly

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A familial developmental defect of the Descemet membrane and deep stromal layers of the cornea, originating from faulty separation of embryonic structures, characterized by corneal clouding and sometimes adhesions of the iris, lens, and cornea. It is often accompanied by other defects such as mental retardation, dwarfism and urogenital dysgenesis. Peters' anomaly is among the most common causes of congenital corneal opacities requiring keratoplasty.


  • A. Peters:
    Über angeborene Defektbildung der Descemet’schen Membran.
    Klinische Monatsblätter für Augenheilkunde, Stuttgart, 1906; 44: 27-40, 105-119.

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