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A case of ectopic cilia in nail–patella syndrome


Both ectopic cilia and nail–patella syndrome (NPS) are rare entities. To our knowledge we report the first case of the two anomalies coexisting in one patient. We present the case of a 2-year-old girl, with no other ophthalmic complication of NPS, who had an excellent cosmetic outcome and no lesion recurrence following surgical excision of ectopic cilia.

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Edmunds, M.R., Kipioti, A., Colloby, P.S. et al. A case of ectopic cilia in nail–patella syndrome. Int Ophthalmol 32, 289–292 (2012).

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  • Ectopic cilia
  • Nail–patella syndrome
  • Hereditary osteo-onychodysplasia