What are potential complications of hordeolum (stye)?

Updated: Oct 08, 2019
  • Author: Michael J Bessette, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP  more...
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The most frequent complication of hordeolum is progression to a chalazion that causes cosmetic deformity, corneal irritation, or the need for surgical removal.

Complications of improper drainage are disruption of lash growth, lid deformity, or lid fistula.

Generalized eyelid cellulitis may develop if an internal hordeolum is untreated.

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