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Sichel's disease

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A form of pseudoptosis in which folds of skin hang from the upper lid margin. Relaxation of the fascial bands that attach the levator of the skin, rather than an accumulation of fat, as previously suspected, is the cause. Sichel provided the first accurate description of herniated orbital fat in 1844.


  • F. B. Walsh:
    Clinical neuro-ophthalmology.
    2nd edition; Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins, 1957; p 199.
  • Stanley Jablonski:
    Jablonski’s Dictionary of Syndromes & Eponymic diseases.
    Krieger Publishing Company, Malabar, Florida, 1991. Page 554-555.

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