The Post-Mortem Vacuoles of Schlemm’s Canal

  • I. Grierson
  • N. F. Johnson
Conference paper
Part of the Current Research in Ophthalmic Electron Microscopy book series (CR OPHTHALMIC, volume 4)


A two-part study was conducted in which post-mortem changes were investigated in the baboon outflow system. It was found that the mesh-work cells closest to the chamber angle were particularly susceptible to post-mortem advance. Post-mortem vacuoles developed in the endothelium of Schlemm’s canal and by light microscopy these structures could be mistaken for giant vacuoles. On the other hand it was shown by electron microscopy that the giant vacuoles which have been implicated in the transendothelial transfer of aqueous humour and post-mortem vacuoles were distinct and separate entities.


Outer Wall Aqueous Humour Trabecular Meshwork Trabecular Meshwork Cell Aqueous Outflow 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Grierson
    • 1
  • N. F. Johnson
    • 2
  1. 1.The Department of PathologyInstitute of OphthalmologyLondonUK
  2. 2.The Tennent Institute of OphthalmologyUniversity of GlasgowGlasgow G11Scotland

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