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CASE REPORT
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 747-748

Ectopic cilia of the eyelid with ectopic lacrimal gland


Department of Ophthalmology, UCMS and GTB Hospital, Delhi, India

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Dr. Janani Rajagopal
Department of Ophthalmology, UCMS and GTB Hospital, Delhi
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_306_22

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Ectopic cilia of the eyelid is a rare congenital anomaly. Here we report a case of a 22-year-old patient with an extra tuft of eyelashes with watering since birth. Excision of the tuft and histopathology revealed a “pilosebaceous unit with ectopic lacrimal gland.” Ectopic cilia are caused by the replacement of meibomian glands with skin glands. Associated lacrimal gland tissue is a choristoma. The typical site of occurrence of ectopic cilia is mostly in the junction of the medial two-third and lateral one-third of the eyelid. Proper preoperative planning with complete surgical excision provides gratifying cosmetic results with no recurrence.


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