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Symblepharon - External and Internal Eye
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Contributors: Brandon D. Ayres MD, Christopher Rapuano MD, Harvey A. Brown MD, Sunir J. Garg MD, Lauren Patty Daskivich MD, MSHS
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Synopsis

By definition, a symblepharon is an adhesion between the eyelid and the eyeball. It can involve just one lid or both. This adhesion of subepithelial scarring can lead to other lid complications such as aberrant lash growth and entropion. Symblepharon can develop as a complication of several diseases and/or etiologies that include:
Thus, presentation may be dependent upon the etiology. For most patients, the common symptoms include:
Finally, patients can also present with ocular motility disorders, diplopia, entropion, and inadequate lid closure.

Codes

ICD10CM:
H11.239 – Symblepharon, unspecified eye

SNOMEDCT:
90216006 – Symblepharon

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Differential Diagnosis & Pitfalls

Because symblepharon is a physical finding resulting from a number of etiologies, there is really very little by way of a differential diagnosis. A very rare tumor presentation might be considered, but more significant is the determination of the underlying etiology.

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Last Updated: 01/04/2019
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Symblepharon : Photophobia, Bulbar conjunctival plaque, Conjunctiva, Eyelids, Conjunctival injection
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