Harlequin eye deformity

The harlequin eye deformity may be seen in unilateral (plagiocephaly) or bilateral (brachycephaly) coronal suture synostosis, and refers to the elevation of the superolateral corner of the orbit.

The term harlequin eye derives from the appearance of the eyes on a harlequin mask with their exaggerated superior orbital margins. This was supposed to suggest a quizzical expression.

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rID: 5906
Section: Signs
Tag: refs, cases
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    Figure 1: photograph: harlequin mask
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    Case 1: on right side
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    Case 2
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