Palpebral - Definition

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Palpebral, or eyelid edema is an abnormal accumulation of liquid in the tissue of the internal side of the eyelid, usually the upper one, leading to a sometimes impressively swollen eyelid causing great difficulty in opening the eye. Palpebral edema can occur following an impact to the area of the eye, an infection of the eyelid, or sometimes due to the progression of certain diseases, such as Graves' disease, which affects the thyroid and makes it overactive. Physicians must look out for ethmoiditis, a type of sinusitis in children that manifests as a painful palpebral edema on the internal section of the eye, near the bridge of the nose, and only affects one eye, accompanied by high fever.