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April 2009

Blepharochalasis: A Rare Condition Misdiagnosed as Recurrent Angioedema

Arch Dermatol. 2009;145(4):498-499. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2009.19

Blepharochalasis is an uncommon condition occurring in young people at about the time of puberty. It is characterized by recurrent episodes of nonpitting, nonpainful, nonerythematous edema on the upper eyelids that leaves wrinkled, redundant, and thinned eyelid skin and results in atrophy and relaxation of the eyelid structures and ptosis.1 Blepharochalasis, especially in its early stage, is easily misdiagnosed as angioedema.2-4