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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 856

Ectopic cilia – An unusual eyelash disorder


Orbit, Oculoplasty, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Services, Medical Research Foundation, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Web Publication09-Oct-2021

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Dr. Bipasha Mukherjee
Orbit, Oculoplasty, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Services, Medical Research Foundation, 18 College Road, Chennai - 600006, Tamil Nadu
India
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DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_3551_20

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Vijayaraghavan M, Mukherjee B. Ectopic cilia – An unusual eyelash disorder. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep 2021;1:856

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Vijayaraghavan M, Mukherjee B. Ectopic cilia – An unusual eyelash disorder. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Oct 21];1:856. Available from: https://www.ijoreports.in/text.asp?2021/1/4/856/327673



A 6-year-old female presented with a tuft of eyelashes in the temporal part of the upper eyelid present since birth [Figure 1]a and [Figure 1]b. Eversion of the eyelid revealed black hair follicles through the palpebral conjunctiva [Figure 1]c. It was excised along with the roots [Figure 1]d. Hematoxylin-eosin stained sections showed pilosebaceous follicles (arrows) with minimal perivascular fibrosis, scattered chronic inflammatory cells, and orbicularis muscle (short arrow) [[Figure 1]e: x40; inset: x10, 1f: x100].[1] Anterior ectopic cilia is a rare congenital anomaly and should be differentiated from cilia incarnatum, an in-grown eyelash under the skin or conjunctiva from a normal origin.[2],[3]
Figure 1: A tuft of eyelashes in the temporal part of the upper eyelid 4 mm superior to the lid margin. (a and b). Eversion of the eyelid revealed black hair follicles through the palpebral conjunctiva at the upper border of the tarsal plate. (c). The entire excised tuft along with the roots of the lash follicles. (d). Hematoxylin-eosin stained sections showed pilosebaceous follicles (arrows) with minimal perivascular fibrosis, scattered chronic inflammatory cells, and the portion of orbicularis muscle (short arrow). (e: x40; inset: x10, f: x100)

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Chappell MC, Spencer W, Day SH, Silkiss RZ. Congenital ectopic cilia of the upper eyelid. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg 2011;27:e42-4.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Patel BC, Malhotra R. Cilia Incarnata. [Updated 2021 Feb 25]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2021 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK536979/.  Back to cited text no. 3
    


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