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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 13-15

A case report of erlotinib-induced trichomegaly in a glaucoma patient

Eye and Laser Centre, Bahrain Defence Force Hospital, Riffa, Bahrain

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Dr. Mohammed Yusuf Shaikh
Eye and Laser Centre, Bahrain Defence Force Hospital, West Riffa 2817, PO Box 28743
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DOI: 10.4103/bijo.bijo_4_19

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Trichomegaly of the eyelashes is an uncommon side effect of erlotinib, which is an epidermal growth factor receptor kinase inhibitor. Erlotinib is a form of molecular targeted therapy, increasingly used in the treatment of wide variety of cancers. The purpose of this case presentation is to highlight the occurrence of erlotinib-induced trichomegaly of eyelashes in a known patient of glaucoma on topical ocular hyoptensives other than prostaglandins. The report aims to highlight specifically the difficulties that trichomegaly poses in glaucoma management and reminds of other ophthalmic side effects of erlotinib. The recognition of this sporadically reported uncommon condition and its management is essential not only to ensure acceptable cosmesis and ocular comfort but also to prevent serious ocular complication.

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