Phthiriasis palpebrarum: diagnosis and treatment

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2003
Authors:J. S. Lopez Garcia, I. Lozano, G., J. Garchitorena, M.
Journal:Archivos de la Sociedad Espanola de Oftalmologia
Pagination:365 - 374
Date Published:2003
ISBN Number:0365-6691
Keywords:blepharitis, Clinical Trials, English Abstract, humans, insecticide, Lice Infestations/diagnosis/drug therapy/parasitology, Pthirus

Phthiriasis palpebrarum, caused by Phthirus pubis, is an uncommon cause of blepharoconjunctivitis; therefore, this condition is easily misdiagnosed. When diagnosed, genital involvement must be ruled out. Association with other venereal diseases is common. Affected children must be searched for sexual abuse. The number of diagnosed patients in our department has increased in recent years. We review the epidemiological, clinical and diagnostic features of phthriasis palpebrarum as well as the different treatment options to eradicate the parasite and to prevent infestations.

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