Phthiriasis palpebrarum: An unusual blepharoconjunctivitis

Yen Ching Lin, Shu Ching Kao, Hui Chuan Kau, Wen Ming Hsu, Chieh Chih Tsai

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Phthiriasis palpebrarum is an unusual cause of blepharoconjunctivitis and may easily be overlooked because of the failure of physicians to recognize Phthirus pubis. We report a case of a 30-year-old woman with persistent itching in the left eyelid which was unsuccessfully treated under the diagnosis of allergic blepharoconjunctivitis. Careful ophthalmic examination revealed seven bugs with multiple red pinpoint excretions and numerous small translucent oval eggs (nits) coating the eyelashes. The patient was successfully treated with mechanical removal of all the lice and nits from the eyelashes. The specimen proved histopathologically to be the Phthirus pubis infestation. The Phthirus pubis infestation is usually associated with poor hygiene in overcrowded or undeveloped country. However, it may become a notable problem because of frequent traveling and commercial activities across the different countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)498-500
Number of pages3
JournalChinese Medical Journal (Taipei)
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Crab louse
  • Phthiriasis palpebrarum
  • Phthirus pubis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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