How is hordeolum (stye) clinically distinguished from chalazion?

Updated: Nov 19, 2018
  • Author: Michael P Ehrenhaus, MD; Chief Editor: Edsel Ing, MD, MPH, FRCSC  more...
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Clinically differentiating hordeola from acute chalazia may be difficult, because they both present with acute inflammation and tender eyelid lumps. However, chronic chalazia represent a granulomatous reaction and, thus, appear firm and nontender on clinical examination. [4]


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