A RARE CASE OF SYMBLEPHERON TRIGGERED BY LONG STANDING CILIA: A CASE REPORT
Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences
BACKGROUND: In this case report we describe a very rare case of symblepheron which hasn't been reported in literature till date, triggered by long standing cilia embedded in the subconjuctival space followed by regression of symblepheron by removing the cilia. CASE REPORT: A 65-year-old man, presented to the eye O.P.D of I.G.M.C. Shimla with complaints of irritation and foreign body sensation in the left eye from last 8-9 months. He had no history of trauma, chemical injury or surgery in left
... r surgery in left eye in the past. He had history of multiple treatments with topical antibiotics and lubricants for the complaints with no relief. Torch light examination revealed a whitish membrane in the lower palpebral conjunctiva. Slit lamp examination revealed two semilunar pseudopockets and partial symblepheron in lower fornix. Further probing revealed two eyelashes embedded in the subconjuctival space in one of the peudopockets. Search with a needle under topical anesthesia under slit lamp magnification enabled the cilia to be removed with little difficulty; the cilia were of the same size and appearance as the patient's own. He was prescribed topical antibiotics and the symblepheron regressed significantly in 8 weeks' time. CONCLUSION: Long term inflammation associated with foreign bodies like embedded cilium in the subconjuctival space may cause unusual presentations like symblepheron as in this case.