Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

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

Cilium incarnatum externum

Sushrut S Dongargaonkar1, Surendra P Wadgaonkar1, Preeti A Patil1, Suhas V Dongargaonkar2, Vasudha S Dongargaonkar2, Sanjay Waghmare1,  
1 Department of Ophthalmology, ACPM Medical College, Dhule, Maharashtra, India
2 Sakar Eye Hospital, Manmad, District Nasik, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Sushrut S Dongargaonkar
Sakar Eye Hospital, Opposite Gurudwara, Datta Mandir Road, Manmad - 423 104, District Nasik, Maharashtra

How to cite this article:
Dongargaonkar SS, Wadgaonkar SP, Patil PA, Dongargaonkar SV, Dongargaonkar VS, Waghmare S. Cilium incarnatum externum.Indian J Ophthalmol 2020;68:204-204

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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 4 ];68:204-204
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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}

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 The patients understand that their names and initials will not be published and due efforts will be made to conceal their identity, but anonymity cannot be guaranteed.

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