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Recurrent corneal ulceration in a young dog due to an ectopic cilium in an unusual location
  1. Negar Hamzianpour,
  2. Rodrigo Pinheiro de Lacerda and
  3. Michael Rhodes
  1. Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service, Solihull, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Negar Hamzianpour, Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service, Solihull, UK; negar.hamzianpour{at}


This is a report of an 11-month-old dog with recurrent corneal ulceration over the preceding three months. The cause was confirmed to be a single ectopic cilium in a rare location—the lower eyelid palpebral conjunctiva. Surgical excision of the aberrant hair was required for resolution of the disease process. This report demonstrates the importance of a systematic clinical approach to corneal ulceration in dogs, highlighting the importance of a complete history and ophthalmic examination. In non-healing or recurrent corneal ulceration in young dogs, exploration for ectopic cilia is important. Magnification and a good light source are essential in such cases. Surgical excision is curative and the prognosis is good.

  • dog
  • ectopic cilium
  • corneal ulcer
  • lower eyelid

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  • Contributors MR was the primary clinician and ophthalmology specialist assisted by NH. NH was the primary author of this case report with contribution and clinical supervision from MR and RPDL. All authors listed have contributed significantly to the work, have read the manuscript, attest to the validity and legitimacy of the information, and agree to its submission to veterinary record case reports.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement There are no additional data available for this paper.

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