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Phthiriasis palpebrarum: an unusual blepharoconjunctivitis.
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PMID:  12523816     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Phthiriasis palpebrarum is an unusual cause of blepharoconjunctivitis and may easily be overlooked because of the failure of physicians to recognize Phthirus pubis. We report a case of a 30-year-old woman with persistent itching in the left eyelid which was unsuccessfully treated under the diagnosis of allergic blepharoconjunctivitis. Careful ophthalmic examination revealed seven bugs with multiple red pinpoint excretions and numerous small translucent oval eggs (nits) coating the eyelashes. The patient was successfully treated with mechanical removal of all the lice and nits from the eyelashes. The specimen proved histopathologically to be the Phthirus pubis infestation. The Phthirus pubis infestation is usually associated with poor hygiene in overcrowded or undeveloped country. However, it may become a notable problem because of frequent traveling and commercial activities across the different countries.
Yen-Ching Lin; Shu-Ching Kao; Hui-Chuan Kau; Wen-Ming Hsu; Chieh-Chih Tsai
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Zhonghua yi xue za zhi = Chinese medical journal; Free China ed     Volume:  65     ISSN:  0578-1337     ISO Abbreviation:  Zhonghua Yi Xue Za Zhi (Taipei)     Publication Date:  2002 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-01-13     Completed Date:  2003-02-20     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0005327     Medline TA:  Zhonghua Yi Xue Za Zhi (Taipei)     Country:  China (Republic: 1949- )    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  498-500     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Ophthalmology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC.
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MeSH Terms
Blepharitis / etiology*
Conjunctivitis / etiology*
Eyelid Diseases / complications*
Lice Infestations / complications*

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