Phthiriasis palpebrarum: A case of eyelash infestation with Pthirus pubis

  • Authors:
    • Na Wu
    • Hong Zhang
    • Feng Yuan Sun
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  • Published online on: March 6, 2017     https://doi.org/10.3892/etm.2017.4187
  • Pages: 2000-2002
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Abstract

Phthiriasis palpebrarum is a rare type of eyelid infestation. In the present study, a 63‑year‑old woman presented with a case of phthiriasis palpebrarum, which was initially misdiagnosed as anterior blepharitis. The patient had a 2‑month history of repeated episodes of itching and burning sensations and moderate pain in both eyes that were not improved by antibiotic and corticosteroid eye drops. Slit lamp examination revealed lice and nits anchored to the eyelashes. All eyelashes were removed from the base along with lice and nits. The patient recovered fully within 2 weeks with no further management, and no evidence of lice or nits was found at the follow up. In conclusion, the findings of the present study suggests that patients presenting with itching of the eyelids and with clinical findings resembling seborrhea accumulation on the eyelashes should be carefully examined by prolonged observation with a slit lamp.
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Wu N, Zhang H and Sun FY: Phthiriasis palpebrarum: A case of eyelash infestation with Pthirus pubis. Exp Ther Med 13: 2000-2002, 2017
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Wu, N., Zhang, H., & Sun, F.Y. (2017). Phthiriasis palpebrarum: A case of eyelash infestation with Pthirus pubis. Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine, 13, 2000-2002. https://doi.org/10.3892/etm.2017.4187
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Wu, N., Zhang, H., Sun, F. Y."Phthiriasis palpebrarum: A case of eyelash infestation with Pthirus pubis". Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine 13.5 (2017): 2000-2002.
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Wu, N., Zhang, H., Sun, F. Y."Phthiriasis palpebrarum: A case of eyelash infestation with Pthirus pubis". Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine 13, no. 5 (2017): 2000-2002. https://doi.org/10.3892/etm.2017.4187