BMJ Case Reports 2013; doi:10.1136/bcr-2013-009272

Phthiriasis palpebrarum

  1. Zisis Gatzioufas1
  1. 1Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospitals of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
  2. 2Department of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmological Center of Rive, Geneva, Switzerland
  3. 3Department of Ophthalmology, University General Hospital of Alexandroupolis, Alexandroupolis, Eastern Macedonia & Thrace, Greece
  1. Correspondence to Dr Georgios D Panos, gdpanos{at}


A 61-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital because of itching, burning sensation and moderate pain of 3 months duration in her right eye. Her ophthalmologist diagnosed common anterior blepharitis and prescribed a combination of antibiotic and corticosteroid eye drops. Best corrected visual acuity was 20/20 in both eyes, intraocular pressure was 15 mm Hg right eye and 14 mm Hg left eye. Slit lamp examination revealed nits anchored to the eyelashes (figure …

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