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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Limbal vernal keratoconjunctivitis (VKC)

Contributor: Jesse Vislisel, MD

Photographer: Stefani Karakas, CRA

Vernal keratoconjunctivitis (VKC) is a seasonal disorder, predominantly seen in male children with a history of atopy, which results in inflammation of the cornea and conjunctiva. Limbal VKC is most common in children of African or Asian descent and may occur alone or in combination with palpebral VKC. Clinical features include Horner-Trantas dots (raised, white accumulations of eosinophils at the limbus), gelatinous limbal follicles, and copious amounts of mucoid discharge.

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last updated: 11/27/2013
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