Canine Conjunctivitis and Blepharitis

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Abstract

The eyelids and conjunctiva are immunologically active structures with an extensive presence of blood vessels, lymphatics, and immune cells. Several immune-mediated phenomena can involve these structures either in isolation or in association with systemic clinical features. Immune-mediated blepharoconjunctival diseases are divided into two main categories: primary autoimmune disease in which the disease results from an attack against self-antigens and secondary immune-mediated disease in which the disorder results from exogenous material inducing autoimmune disease. Such causes of secondary immune-mediated disease include infectious agents and drugs. This article reviews the most important autoimmune and immune-mediated eyelid and conjunctival disorders in dogs. © 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-249
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2008

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