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Chronic lymphedema of the eyelid: case series.

Orbit. 2010 Aug;29(4):222-6

Authors: Chalasani R, McNab A

Purpose: To evaluate the clinical features, management and outcomes of treatment of chronic lymphedema of the eyelid in a tertiary referral setting. Design: Retrospective case series. Participants: 15 patients referred to the authors with unilateral or bilateral eyelid swelling of greater than 3 months duration. Main Outcome Measures: Clinical features, patient management, response to treatment. Results: Chronic eyelid lymphedema was associated with acne rosacea in 9 patients, radiotherapy in 1 patient, trauma in 1 patient and post-vitrectomy silicone oil leak in 1 patient. In the remaining 4 patients no associated condition or factor was identified. Surgical debulking was performed in 9 cases with improvement in all cases and no complications. Conclusion: Chronic eyelid lymphedema is a rare condition most commonly associated with rosacea. In our experience, surgical resection of involved subcutaneous tissue was helpful.

PMID: 20812843 [PubMed - in process]

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