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Epicanthus | Epicanthal Folds
Understanding eye related symptoms and features
Symptoms may affect multiple parts of the body. Understanding which part of the body a symptom affects, can help us to better understand the potential underlying causes of a symptom, including a rare disease or genetic syndrome.
The eye is a part of the ocular and visual systems of the body. The ocular system includes the eye and its central vision system (cornea, lens, eye fluids), all of the parts which make vision possible.
Symptoms affecting the eyes may be congenital, present at birth, or they may develop later in life. Sometimes surgery may be an option to correct them.
Symptoms relating to the eyes may affect their structure and function including their ability to see, other times they may simply affect the shape or appearance of the eye without any impact on vision.
What are Epicanthus (folds of skin in the eyelids)?
Epicanthus is when the skin fold of the eyelid covers the inner corner of the eye. This may be the result of ancestry, ageing and health conditions including some genetic syndromes. Several genetic syndromes present with Epicanthus as a symptom- over 60% of individuals with Down syndrome, for example, have Epicanthus or folds of skin in the eyelid as a facial feature.
What should I do next?
In some instances folds of skin in the eyelids may be one of the features of a rare disease or genetic syndrome. In this case fast, targeted genetic analysis can give you a more accurate diagnosis.
Epicanthal folds, Epicanthus supraciliaris, Epicanthus palpebralis, Epicanthus tarsalis, Epicanthus inversus
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