Hyperplastic persistent pupillary membrane--surgical management

J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus. 1983 Jul-Aug;20(4):149-52. doi: 10.3928/0191-3913-19830701-06.


Two infants, aged three days and six weeks, respectively, presented with dense extensive persistent pupillary membranes as sporadic isolated findings. A clear central pupillary aperture was unable to be achieved with mydriatic agents. The patients were treated by surgical removal of the membranes at age five days and six months respectively. Surgery was without complication and visual development has been normal. We suggest that early intervention in the first weeks or months of life is necessary to prevent the development of amblyopia. If mydriasis is unsuccessful, surgery is recommended followed by optical correction and occlusion therapy as necessary.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Anterior Chamber
  • Humans
  • Hyaluronic Acid / therapeutic use
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Iris / abnormalities*
  • Iris / surgery
  • Male
  • Membranes / surgery
  • Mydriatics / therapeutic use
  • Pupil*
  • Surgical Instruments


  • Mydriatics
  • Hyaluronic Acid