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A Case of Lid Abscess Caused by Ant’s Bite
Ann Optom Contact Lens 2018;17:104-106
Published online December 25, 2018
© 2018 The Korean Optometry & Contact Lens Study Society

Ha Won Yoon, MD, Han Song, MD, Ji Won Kwon, MD, PhD

Department of Ophthalmology, Myongji Hospital, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Goyang, Korea
Correspondence to: Ji Won Kwon, MD, PhD
Department of Ophthalmology, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Myongji Hospital, #55 Hwasu-ro 14beon-gil, Deokyang-gu, Goyang 10475, Korea
Tel: 82-31-810-6250, Fax: 82-31-810-0500
Received August 10, 2018; Revised September 2, 2018; Accepted September 3, 2018.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Purpose: To report a case of atypical lid abscess caused by ant-bite.
Case summary: A 54-year-old male patient was referred to our clinic due lid swelling. He complained of pain in the left eyelid
area after ant-bite 4 days ago. At the initial visit, elevated abscess and ulcer with pus were observed in the left upper eyelid, and
lesions of the similar aspect were observed in the lower eyelid margin of the same area. Cultures and antimicrobial susceptibility
tests were performed. No bacterial growth was observed on culture, and eyelid lesions improved after systemic and topical antibiotic treatment.
Conclusions: Lid abscess caused by ant-bite could be difficult to differentiate with other causes by clinical features. Therefore,
rapid treatment with early diagnosis through history and detailed ocular examination is important.
Keywords : Ant; Lid abscess

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