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CONGENITAL ANOPHTHALMIA IN A PUP
K.V. Syam and T. Sarada Amma



Abstract


Anophthalmia is the complete failure in the outgrowth of the primary optic vesicle, with ectodermal and mesodermal structures completely unrepresented. However, the orbits are formed and often contain fibrofatty tissue (Saunders, 1971). The differentiation between anophthalmia and microphthalmia may be difficult clinically and clinical anophthalmia or apparent anophthalmia is the term used to denote a majority of clinical cases wherein the eye cannot be detected. True anophthalmia is rare, but it occur in every class of vertebrates (Gelatt, 1991) including canines (Magrane, 1977).