BMJ Case Reports 2010; doi:10.1136/bcr.07.2009.2064
  • Unusual association of diseases/symptoms

Jessner’s lymphocytic infiltrate: a rare cause of lid ectropion

  1. Mark Watts1
  1. 1Arrowe Park Hospital, Ophthalmology Department, Arrowe Park Road, Upton, Wirral CH49 5PE, UK
  2. 2Norfolk & Norwich, Ophthalmology Department, Colney Lane, Norwich NR4 7UY, UK
  1. Correspondence to Segun Awotesu, doctorawo{at}
  • Published 19 February 2010


Ectropion is a condition in which the lower eyelid turns outwards from the globe. It is commonly due to age related involutional laxity of the lid tissue. Ectropion may also be secondary to scarring or contracture of the periorbital skin and underlying tissues which pulls the eyelids outwards. Jessner’s lymphocytic infiltrate is a rare and enigmatic dermatological condition which is uncommon in the elderly. We describe a case of recurrent ectropion following redo lid surgery in which Jessner’s lymphocytic infiltrate was fortuitously diagnosed on skin biopsy. We are unaware of any report in the literature describing recurrent cicatrical ectropion due to this condition.


  • Competing interests: None.

  • Patient consent: Patient/guardian consent was obtained for publication.

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