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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 204

Cilium incarnatum externum

1 Department of Ophthalmology, ACPM Medical College, Dhule, Maharashtra, India
2 Sakar Eye Hospital, Manmad, District Nasik, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication19-Dec-2019

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Dr. Sushrut S Dongargaonkar
Sakar Eye Hospital, Opposite Gurudwara, Datta Mandir Road, Manmad - 423 104, District Nasik, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1437_19

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Dongargaonkar SS, Wadgaonkar SP, Patil PA, Dongargaonkar SV, Dongargaonkar VS, Waghmare S. Cilium incarnatum externum. Indian J Ophthalmol 2020;68:204

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Dongargaonkar SS, Wadgaonkar SP, Patil PA, Dongargaonkar SV, Dongargaonkar VS, Waghmare S. Cilium incarnatum externum. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Aug 8];68:204. Available from: http://www.ijo.in/text.asp?2020/68/1/204/273196

Two patients presented with a complaint of cosmetic blemish over their left eyelid. On slit lamp, we found a completely subcutaneously erupting and coursing eyelash. As per the request of a patient, it was removed. The other patient was lost to follow up [Figure 1].
Figure 1: Upper row depicting the slit-lamp image of the condition, the other image is of the removed cilium. Lower row depicts slit-lamp and torch-light examination of another patient

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The lash can grow either subconjunctivally (cilium incarnatum internum) or subcutaneously (cilium incarnatum externum)[1] Etiological factors include local pathologies,[2],[3],[4] heredity, and frequent rubbing of the eyelids.

It may be mistaken for a nodule or a comedo.[3] Another complaint can be pricking on rubbing eyelids. Hardly any reports have been there after the one in 2017.[5]

Declaration of patient consent

The authors certify that they have obtained all appropriate patient consent forms. In the form, the patients have given their consent for the images and other clinical information to be reported in the journal. The patients understand that their names and initials will not be published and due efforts will be made to conceal their identity, but anonymity cannot be guaranteed.

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Duke-Elder S, editor. System of Ophthalmology. Vol. 13. St Louis: Mosby; 1974. p. 386.  Back to cited text no. 1
Agarwala HS. Cilium inversum. Am J Ophthalmol 1963;55:648-9.  Back to cited text no. 2
Bloch FJ. Minor anomalies in position of the eyelashes. Arch Ophthalmol 1947;37:772-4.  Back to cited text no. 3
Herzog H. Pathologie der Cilien. Z Augenheilkd 1904;12:256.  Back to cited text no. 4
Dewan T, Sharma C, Chawla H, Singhania R, Chatterjee A Digit J Ophthalmol. 2017 Feb 13;23:16-17.  Back to cited text no. 5


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