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Swollen Eye

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History of Present Illness: A woman in her 40’s with a history of only seasonal allergies and so significant family history presents to the UCC with 2 months of intermittent bilateral eye itching and discharge and one day of eye discomfort.  She says her eye seems swollen today as well.  No other complaints.

Vital Signs & Physical Exam:

Vital signs are normal.  Exam is normal except for image below

Physical exam is otherwise normal except for

Initial Diagnostic Testing:

  • CBC: normal
  • Chem 7: normal

What is the most likely diagnosis?

  • A) Preseptal cellulitis
  • B) Allergic conjunctivitis
  • C) Sty
  • D) Horner’s

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ANSWER:

  • A) Preseptal cellulitis.  No redness seen
  • B) Allergic conjunctivitis. No discharge seen
  • C) Sty: no mass seen
  • D) Horner’s: CORRECT, however no myosis  noted, even in dim light

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