Received: 15 March 2021; Published on-line: 30 April 2022


Giant string Elschnig’s pearls

Leopoldo Garduño Vieyra, Dr.; Verónica Muñoz Cornejo, Dra;  Francisco Javier Rodríguez Ramírez, Dr. 

Clínica Oftalmología Garduño; Irapuato, Guanajuato (México)

E-mail: ruamartinez@yahoo.es

TO CITE THIS ARTICLE: Leopoldo Garduño Vieyra, Verónica Muñoz Cornejo, Francisco Javier Rodríguez Ramírez. Giant string Elschnig’s pearlsJ.ophthalmol.(Ukraine).2022;2:63-4.   http://doi.org/10.31288/oftalmolzh202226364

Background. Elschnig pearls are cells that migrate from the   capsule of the lens and can cause posterior subcapsular opacity (PCO) 

Case: 29 years old male PO extracapsular cataract extraction two years ago, came for decreased visual acuity secondary to PCO. After the first capsulotomy 8 months ago, he developed giant Elschnig pearls at the edge of the capsulotomy forming a pearl necklace that cause the poor vision again.

Conclusion. More studies are needed on the evolution of the disease to help assess the best time to give invasive treatment or wait for spontaneous disappearance of the pearls.

Key words: pearls of Elschnig, opacity, capsulotomy


Author Statement and Conflict of Interest. Authors approve the manuscript and agree with what is expressed in it and do not have conflict of interest in this article.



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Authors approve the manuscript and agree with what is expressed in it and do not have conflict of interest in this article.


Received 15.03.2021