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Severe Rosacea: A Case Report.

J Ophthalmic Vis Res. 2017 Oct-Dec;12(4):429-433

Authors: Shirzadeh E, Bagheri A, Abdizadeh MF, Kanavi MR

Abstract
PURPOSE: To describe a case of severe rosacea with ocular involvement.
CASE REPORT: A 28-year-old female patient presented with extensive facial and ocular eruptions. She had a history of treatment with oral prednisolone due to the clinical diagnosis of lupus erythematosus (LE), which had resulted in transient improvement of the lesions, but was followed by exacerbation of the lesions. With the clinical diagnosis of severe oculofacial rosacea, she was successfully treated with oral doxycycline, steroid eye drops, and ocular lubricants. Histopathological features of skin biopsy were consistent with rosacea in the context of infection with Demodexfolliculorum. After four years, a relapse of the oculofacial lesions occurred, for which retreatment with oral tetracycline, steroid eye drops, and ocular lubricants was administered.
CONCLUSION: Rosacea can be extremely severe and disfiguring, and it can be misdiagnosed as the pathognomonic butterfly rash of LE. Demodex carriage in rosacea is consistent and may play a significant role in the severe forms.

PMID: 29090055 [PubMed]

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