Pannus / plasmoma

Project description

Pannus refers to chronic superficial keratitis i.e. inflammation of the cornea. Pannus is a progressive autoimmune mediated disease. Typical findings in a eye examination include neovascularisation and pigmentation of the cornea. Findings are usually seen in both eyes. Pannus can lead to blindness, especially if not properly treated.

Plasmoma refers to thickening of the third eyelid caused by a immunemediated inflammation.



German Shepherds, Belgian Shepherds (Groenendael, Tervueren, Malinois).

Samples from pannus/plasmoma affected dogs in any breed are welcome.


Which samples are needed:

  • dogs that have been diagnosed with pannus and/or plasmoma
  • close relatives (parents, siblings, offspring) of the affected dogs
  • healthy dogs over 6 years of age


Veterinary certificate copies requested from all eye examined dogs

  • veterinary ophthalmological certificates
  • other veterinary certificates



  1. How to participate.
  2. Health surveillance questionnaire.


Contact us:

Maria Kaukonen, DVM (

phone +358 (0) 29 4125678