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Congenital Lymphedema and Distichiasis


Curt P. Samlaska M.D., F.A.C.P. University of Nevada School of Medicine, 100 N. Green Valley Pkwy., Suite 315, Henderson, NV 89014, or e-mail:


Distichiasis is defined as a double row of eyelashes. Inherited forms of distichiasis have been associated with early and late-onset congenital lymphedema. We report on a child with distichiasis and congenital lymphedema in which it is unknown whether the cause of lymphedema was due to a spontaneous mutation or acquired secondary to an intrauterine infection. Acquired forms of distichiasis are reviewed.