Morgellons Disease Presenting As an Eyelid Lesion

Rasanamar K. Sandhu, Eric Steele

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Morgellons disease is characterized by complaints of uncomfortable skin sensations and fibers emanating from nonhealing skin lesions. Morgellons disease is well-known in the dermatology and psychiatry literature, where it is typically considered a subtype of delusional parasitosis, but it has not yet been described in the ophthalmology literature. A patient with self-reported Morgellons disease is presented, who was referred for evaluation of left lower eyelid ectropion. She reported that her skin was infested with fibers that were "trying to get down into the eyelid." On examination, she had ectropion of the left lower eyelid, broken cilia, and an ulcerated left upper eyelid lesion concerning for carcinoma. Biopsy of the lesion was consistent with excoriation. Treatment of her ectropion was deferred out of concern for wound dehiscence, given the patient's aggressive excoriation behavior. This case is presented to make the ophthalmologist aware of this disorder and to highlight the appropriate clinical management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e85-e87
JournalOphthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

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Morgellons Disease
Ectropion
Eyelids
Skin
Delusional Parasitosis
Cilia
Ophthalmology
Dermatology
Carcinoma
Biopsy
Wounds and Injuries

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  • Ophthalmology
  • Surgery

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Morgellons Disease Presenting As an Eyelid Lesion. / Sandhu, Rasanamar K.; Steele, Eric.

In: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Vol. 32, No. 4, 01.08.2016, p. e85-e87.

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