What are the physical findings suggestive of hordeolum (stye)?

Updated: Nov 19, 2018
  • Author: Michael P Ehrenhaus, MD; Chief Editor: Edsel Ing, MD, MPH, FRCSC  more...
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On examination, a tender erythematous subcutaneous nodule is present near the eyelid margin, which may undergo spontaneous rupture and drainage. If sufficient edema is present, then it may be difficult to palpate a discrete nodule. These nodules may be unilateral or bilateral, single or multiple.

The inflammation associated with hordeola may spread to adjacent tissue and cause a secondary preseptal cellulitis.

Patients may also have signs of meibomitis, blepharitis, or ocular rosacea. [6]

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