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Swollen eyelids (localised swelling)

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Possible causes of localised swelling around the eyes include:

  • styes
  • chalazion - meibomian cysts
  • sebaceous cysts
  • sudorific cysts
  • dermoid cysts - usually arise at the upper inner and outer angles of the orbit
  • rodent ulcer - usually arise at the lid margin
  • papilloma
  • xanthelasma
  • pinguecula
  • pterygium
  • lacrimal gland and lacrimal sac disorders

Causes of generalised oedema of the eyelids are described in the linked term below.

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