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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 447

Cilia incarnatum: A rare variant of an eyelash


1 M N Eye Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Sundar Eye Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Web Publication02-Jul-2021

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Dr. Pratheeba D Nivean
M N Eye Hospital, 781 T H Road , Tondiarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu - 600 021
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DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_240_21

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Nivean PD, Dorairajan R, Ramesh V, Madhivanan N. Cilia incarnatum: A rare variant of an eyelash. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep 2021;1:447

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Nivean PD, Dorairajan R, Ramesh V, Madhivanan N. Cilia incarnatum: A rare variant of an eyelash. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Jul 26];1:447. Available from: https://www.ijoreports.in/text.asp?2021/1/3/447/319993



Cilia incarnatum is one of a rare eyelash anomaly, wherein the eyelashes grow under the skin and come out through the surface (cilia incarnatum externum) [Figure 1] or through conjunctiva (cilia incarnatum internum) instead of coming through the lid margin.[1] It occurs when then there is an obstruction in the process of their growth.[2] They try to come out through the area of least resistance. Cilia externum is asymptomatic with a mild lump and externalization of the lash. They usually present due to cosmetic concerns as they mimic a comedo or blackhead[3] and can be picked up by careful slit-lamp examination. Cilia internum rub against the cornea. Both can be removed by epilation. This condition may not require radiofrequency or cryotherapy as the root is normal.
Figure 1: External photograph of the eyelid showing internalization of the eye lash

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Belfort R, Ostler HB. Cilia incarnata. Br J Ophthal 1976;60:594-6.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.
Bloch FJ. Minor anomalies in position of the eyelashes. Arch Ophthal 1947;37:772-4.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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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.  Back to cited text no. 3
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