Epiblepharon

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Epiblepharon


Epiblepharon is a condition in which the eyelid pretarsal muscle and skin ride above the eyelid margin to form a horizontal fold of tissue that causes the cilia to assume a vertical position.[1] It can involve either the upper or lower eyelid, but is most commonly seen involving the lower eyelid.[2]

Disease Entity

Etiology

It is congenital, commonly seen in Asian or Hispanic children.

Risk Factors

It occurs most commonly in Asian or Hispanic children and can be bilateral.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is based on clinical exam findings. A horizontal fold of skin and hypertrophic orbicularis muscle override the eyelid margin, obscuring the base of the eyelashes and pushing them towards the ocular surface. With the fold of tissue gently moved away, the eyelid margin is itself in a normal position against the globe, which distinguishes it from eyelid margin entropion.

Histopathology has demonstrated that the preseptal orbicularis muscle is often hypertrophic, and overrides over the pretrial orbicularis muscle, causing the tissue rotation.

Symptoms

Epiblepharon is often asymptomatic; however can be associated with foreign body sensation, redness, irritation, and tearing of the eyes. Occasionally, it may be associated with keratopathy or keratitis. Symptoms may be more noticeable when the child is looking downwards (such as reading at school) as this exacerbates the inward rotation of the lid and lashes.

Differential diagnosis

It is commonly confused with entropion, however, the eyelid margin itself is not rotated toward the cornea.[3]

Management

Epiblepharon may resolve spontaneously in the first few years of life as a result of differential growth of the eyelids and facial bones.[1][2][3]

Surgery

Surgery to remove a small strip of skin and orbicularis from the lid margin may be necessary occasionally.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Skuta GL, et al. Basic and Clinical Science Course: Section 7. 2013-2014. American Academy of Ophthalmology.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Murray PI, et al. Albert & Jakoblec’s Principles & Practice of Ophthalmology. 3rd Ed. 2000. W.B. Saunders Company. Elsevier, Inc. Chapter 244: 3217-3227.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Olitsky SE, Hug D, Plummer LS, Stass-Isern M. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. Abnormalities of the Lids. Ch. 616: 2163-2165.