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Axenfeld-Rieger syndrome

Contributor: Jesse Vislisel, MD

Corectopia (displacement of the pupil), polycoria (multiple holes in the iris), and posterior embryotoxon in a young boy with Axenfeld-Rieger syndrome.

Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome

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The patient also has glaucoma, redundant periumbilical skin, maxillary hypoplasia, and teeth anomalies. Posterior embryotoxon is a prominent white line running parallel to the limbus on the endothelial surface of the peripheral cornea. It is present in nearly all patients with Axenfeld-Rieger syndrome, but can also be seen in normal individuals.

OMIM #180500


Alward, W. L. M. Axenfeld-Rieger syndrome in the age of molecular genetics. Am. J. Ophthal. 130: 107-115, 2000. [PubMed: 11004268])

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last updated: 07/21/2013
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