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Am J Ophthalmol. 1998 Feb;125(2):263-4.

Tick infestation of the eyelid.

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Department of Ophthalmology, American University of Beirut-Medical Center.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To report the rare occurrence of tick infestation of the eyelid margin.

METHODS:

A 58-year-old woman was initially examined with a small yellow lesion of the left upper eyelid margin that appeared after she felt a sting near her eye. Close examination disclosed an insect body attached to the eyelid margin. En bloc excision of the insect with part of the eyelid was performed.

RESULT:

Gross examination of the specimen identified the organism as the nymph stage of a bloated tick of the genus Hyalomma but of an uncertain species.

CONCLUSION:

Ticks (Hyalomma) can become embedded in the meibomian gland orifice and manifest as a mass at the eyelid margin.

PMID:
9467462
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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