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Ocular cicatricial pemphigoid masquerading as chronic conjunctivitis: a case report

Authors DaCosta J

Published Date December 2012 Volume 2012:6 Pages 2093—2095

DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/OPTH.S40319

Received 14 November 2012, Accepted 27 November 2012, Published 14 December 2012

Joanna DaCosta

Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK

Abstract: Conjunctivitis is often considered an innocuous condition which is self-limiting. This report describes misdiagnosis of ocular cicatricial pemphigoid as chronic conjunctivitis. Ocular cicatricial pemphigoid is a rare autoimmune condition. The clinical features which are useful to distinguish this condition from infective conjunctivitis are discussed. The investigation and treatment of ocular cicatricial pemphigoid is discussed. It is important to recognize nonocular symptoms and signs that may indicate the presence of a more serious underlying pathological condition necessitating specialized ophthalmic referral and subsequent investigation and treatment.

Keywords: autoimmune, conjunctivitis, ocular cicatricial pemphigoid

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