Bilateral anophthalmia

Case contributed by Dr Servet Kahveci


Routine obstetric ultrasound.

Patient Data

Age: Second trimester
Gender: Male

Antenatal ultrasound: selected 3D reconstruction images

3D ultrasound images showing anophthalmia. The convexity of the globes (bulbus oculi) is absent.

Annotated image

3D ultrasound images showing anophthalmia. Black arrow demonstrates absence of the globes (bulbus oculi). 

Case Discussion

Primary anophthalmia is a rare malformation which refers to the absence of the globes (bulbus oculi). Anophthalmia may occur in isolation or as a part of a syndrome. Although standard 2D ultrasound is usually sufficient for prenatal diagnosis, 3D and 4D ultrasound do provide more accurate images of the eyes during pregnancy. In turn, they may be considered in combination with standard ultrasonography for such cases.

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Case information

rID: 59677
Published: 10th May 2018
Last edited: 18th Mar 2021
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded
Institution: Sevgi Private Hospital