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BMJ. 2007 September 15; 335(7619): 570.
PMCID: PMC1976480

Minerva

Ali M Al-Ani, specialist training registrar and Kanna Ramaesh, consultant

A 71 year old patient who had had red eyes for a week was referred to the casualty department of the local eye hospital with a provisional diagnosis of trachoma. Examination showed no reduced vision, clear corneas, and a pseudomembrane on the palpebral conjunctiva of both lower lids. This pseudomembrane was caused by simple viral conjunctivitis; even a mild adenoviral conjunctivitis can lead to formation of pseudomembrane. Although it looks frightening, it usually resolves completely.completely.

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