Obesity may contribute to anatomic variations in the midface, eyelids

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Children who are obese may experience anatomic variations in the midface and eyelids that can lead to the development of epiblepharon, according to a study.

In this study, the medical records of all children diagnosed with epiblepharon at a single oculoplastic clinic over a 2-year period were reviewed. Ten children were Caucasian.

Amongst non-Asian children with epiblepharon, the rate of obesity was 40%, “which is substantially higher than the average rate of obesity among children in the USA,” according to the authors.

The authors concluded that obesity may lead to the development of epiblepharon and providers who be aware of epiblepharon in non-Asian populations.

Medsinge A, Duncan K, Yu JY. The association between epiblepharon and obesity: an experience at tertiary care center in Western Pennsylvania/North America. Int Ophthalmol. 2020; DOI: 10.1007/s10792-020-01653-5. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33201445.

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