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Bloody tears of unknown cause: case series and review of the literature.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15599244     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To report 4 cases of recurrent unilateral bloody tears. METHODS: Retrospective case series. RESULTS: One boy and 3 girls, ranging in age from 6 to 14 years, reported spontaneous bloody tearing. Workup included probing and irrigation of the nasolacrimal system, blood and coagulation profiles, blood typing, serum hormone levels, conjunctival biopsy, and imaging. All findings were normal and failed to suggest a cause in any of the cases. In all patients, bloody tearing eventually resolved without further sequela. No recurrence has been reported over a follow-up period of 9 months to 11 years. CONCLUSIONS: Bloody tearing is an unusual clinical entity that concerns patients and can perplex physicians. A thorough examination and proper workup are necessary to rule out serious conditions but may fail to determine a cause. These idiopathic cases typically resolve without treatment.
Viet H Ho; Matthew W Wilson; James S Linder; James C Fleming; Barrett G Haik
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0740-9303     ISO Abbreviation:  Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg     Publication Date:  2004 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-12-15     Completed Date:  2005-02-01     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8508431     Medline TA:  Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  442-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Ophthalmology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee 38163, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Diagnostic Techniques, Ophthalmological
Eye Hemorrhage / complications*,  diagnosis,  therapy
Lacrimal Apparatus Diseases / complications*,  diagnosis,  therapy
Nasolacrimal Duct / pathology
Retrospective Studies
Treatment Outcome
Visual Acuity

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