Hemolacria (bloody tears) is a rare clinical presentation with varied underlying etiologies. Thorough clinical evaluation is essential to diagnosis and management.
This study aimed to report unilateral hemolacria in a known contact lens wearer with an occult, palpebral, conjunctival pyogenic granuloma and review the literature.
A 21-year-old female contact lens wearer presented to the clinic after three episodes of sudden painless bloody tears from the right eye. She was referred to the oculoplastic clinic for evaluation. On everting her right upper lid, a fleshy, nontender, ovoid, pedunculated mass was found attached to the palpebral conjunctiva of the right, nasal, upper tarsus. Surgical excision was performed in the office, and pathological examination of the lesion was consistent with pyogenic granuloma.
Unilateral hemolacria should raise clinical suspicion for a hidden conjunctival lesion such as pyogenic granuloma, although other more sinister causes of hemolacria must also be considered. Thorough evaluation including eyelid eversion is critical in identifying and managing occult conjunctival lesions.