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Method to Identify Demodex in the Eyelash Follicle Without Epilation

Mastrota, Katherine M.*

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e318294c2c0
CLINICAL COMMUNICATIONS: Clinical Report
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ABSTRACT The ubiquitous skin mite Demodex has been implicated as an instigator of anterior blepharitis. To date, overpopulation of the organism has been verified by cilia epilation (Coston or modified Coston method). This monograph describes an alternate technique to isolate Demodex organisms by eyelash rotation within the follicle. Via this method, without epilation, mites are made visible in follicles that may or may not display the cylindrical cuffing characteristic of demodicidosis.

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*MS, OD, FAAO

Omni Eye Surgery, New York, New York.

Katherine M. Mastrota Omni Eye Surgery New York 36 East 36th St New York, NY 10016 e-mail: katherinemastrota@msn.com

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