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Clinicopathologic Reports,Case Reports, and Small Case Series
June 2001

Unilateral Follicular Conjunctivitis With Retained Hair and Pseudomonal Infection

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Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(6):901-903. doi:

A healthy 40-year-old woman developed redness and yellowish discharge in the right eye associated with a follicular conjunctivitis with marked preauricular adenopathy. This clinical picture was consistent with Parinaud oculoglandular syndrome. A supconjunctival mass was present in the superotemporal fornix. Conjunctival culture yielded Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The mass was removed surgically, and treatment with topical and systemic ciprofloxacin hydrochloride was instituted. Light microscopy demonstrated acute and chronic inflammatory cells surrounding a collection of hair shafts. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a case of Parinaud oculoglandular syndrome caused by a hair foreign body with an associated pseudomonal conjunctivitis.

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