Spontaneous anophthalmia and microphthalmia in white-tailed deer

Anne B. Fulton, D. M. Albert, N. Buyukmihci, D. S. Wyand, W. B. Stone

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Extensive ocular anomalies of 8 white-tailed deer are described. The abnormalities include true anophthalmia, congenital cystic eyes, and microphthalmic eyes with choristoma containing ectodermal derivatives including dysplastic retina mixed with pigment epithelial cells. The intimate association of the epithelial cells and ectodermal elements suggests that the ectodermal elements are derived from the pigment epithelium. The animals' chromosome counts were normal. Possible causes of the abnormalities are considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)557-568
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Comparative Pathology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1977
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • veterinary(all)


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