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Ectropion in a Basset Hound[1]

Ectropion, defined as an outward rolling of the eyelid, is relatively infrequent in dogs compared with entropion[2].

This condition is commonly observed as a genetic condition in certain breeds such as bassetts and bloodhounds[3].

Ectropion also occurs following excessive blepharoplasty repair of entropion, and in association with severe facial scarring due to burns[4] and dermatopathies such as squamous cell carcinoma[5], facial pyoderma, demodicosis[6] and chronic third-eyelid eversion (cherry eye)[7].

Clinical affected dogs have visibly everted eyelid(s), and common complications include conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers and keratoconjunctivitis sicca.

Diagnosis is based on ophthalmic examination of the eye.

Treatment usually requires wedge-resection of the eyelid to tighten the eyelid commissures[8].


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