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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

EyeRounds Online Atlas of Ophthalmology

Contributor: David W Hayes, DO, US Military Flight Surgeon

Category: External Disease

Vernal Keratoconjunctivitis

Vernal Keratoconjunctivitis

Severe VKC in a 17yo Afghani Male. Note the very large "cobblestone" papillae of the superior tarsal conjunctiva in both lids.

Vernal Keratoconjunctivitis

In this image, the concurrent bulbar conjunctival injection and limbal conjunctivitis is evident beneath the lid (see related EyeRounds case

Limbal vernal keratoconjunctivitis (VKC)

Contributor: Jesse Vislisel, MD

Photographer: Stefani Karakas, CRA

Vernal keratoconjunctivitis (VKC) is a seasonal disorder, predominantly seen in male children with a history of atopy, which results in inflammation of the cornea and conjunctiva. Limbal VKC is most common in children of African or Asian descent and may occur alone or in combination with palpebral VKC. Clinical features include Horner-Trantas dots (raised, white accumulations of eosinophils at the limbus), gelatinous limbal follicles, and copious amounts of mucoid discharge.

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Vernal Keratoconjunctivitis

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last updated: 02-08-2008
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