Conjunctival pigmentation following pars plana vitrectomy

William E. Smiddy, Julia H. Yeo, Ronald G. Michels, W. Richard Green

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A 32-year-old white man developed distinctive episcleral and conjunctival pigmentation surrounding a sclerotomy site 6 weeks after vitrectomy and retinal reattachment surgery. The conjunctival lesion was biopsied during a second operation to remove an epiretinal membrane causing macular pucker. Light and electron microscopic studies demonstrated melanin granules extracellularly and within macrophages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-40
Number of pages3
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987
Externally publishedYes


  • Conjunctival pigmentation
  • Melanin
  • Postoperative complication
  • Vitrectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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