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January 1985

Simultaneous Occurrence of Idiopathic Lipemic Tears and Massive Seborrhea

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Dermatology (Drs Hebert and Jorizzo), Pathology (Drs Schoen and Graham), and Internal Medicine (Dr Weiss), The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.

Arch Dermatol. 1985;121(1):112-114. doi:10.1001/archderm.1985.01660010116034

• A 42-year-old man had idiopathic lipemic tears and massive seborrhea. Recent investigations have shown that cholesterol and other lipids occasionally found in tears are produced by meibomian rather than lacrimal glands. The finding in this patient of hypersecretion by both sebaceous glands and meibomian glands, a sebaceous gland variant, suggests that a common mechanism may regulate secretory control of both of these glands.

(Arch Dermatol 1985;121:112-114)