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Plica semilunaris: In animals it serves as a third eyelid. In humans it serves no useful function. Read more
Plica: The plica semilunaris is a fold of bulbar conjunctiva on the medial aspect of your eye or the canthus. This is likely some type of conjunctivitis. Initial treatment would be a warm compress. Your dad may need and antibiotic. Sometimes this can be a sign of a problem with the nasolacrimal duct and that would need care by an eye doctor. Read more
My plica semilunaris is swollen and red. Causing irritation to my eye but no pain. Are there home remedies as I have no insurance to seek medical?
Can't be sure: You can try using black tea bags on your closed eye (steep in warm water to activate first, then place over your closed eye- not hot!). Do this for 10 minutes 5 times/day. Tea has an anti-inflammatory effect and may help. My concern is for infection so if it does not improve, and certainly if it worsens, or if there is pain on eye movement, you must be seen by a doctor. Read more
Only if it does: Not resolve in a day or two. Read more
Eye irritated. Discharged @ 1st. Next day, inner eye corner stings w/white squishy bump in inner eye corner, plica semilunaris membrane. Getting larger
Is the extra skin near tear duct surrounding eyeball called thr plica semilumaris and if so what causes burning when no infection is present?
Dry eyes likely: The plica semilunaris is a vestigial structure of the nictitating membrane seen in other animals. It aides in forming a tear lake. The burning sensation you are experiencing is likely dry eye related and artificial tears should aid in your comfort. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Plica is a fold of tissue and an embryonic remnant found in many peoples knees. Its rarely a problem. However, some people can develop a painful plica, especially after trauma to the knee. Plicas are generally found along the inside of the knee adjacent to the knee cap. Both conservative and surgical options exist to treat plicas. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain from knee: Plica syndrome is when the plica (synovial fold of capsule) causes pain due to irritation over the femoral condyle. They are usually medial (inner) and can pop over the knee with flexion (bending) of knee. Can respond to injections but occasionally require surgery. Often times a garbage bag diagnosis for surgeons that scope a knee and don't find any major problems. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain relief: First and foremost need to make sure this is cause of actual pain often times this becomes the garbage pail diagnosis. It is typcially a snapping pain over the inner aspect of knee. If truelly cause of pain, surgery to cut the plica should alleviate pain. Read more
Not Fully Known: The plica are remnants of tissue in the developing embrionic knee starting around 8 weeks. Some think that they act like eyelids and assist in lubrication of the joint. Generally asymptomatic, they may become inflammed after a direct blow to the knee, repetative sport activity, etc. Once inflammed, they can cause pain or irritate/damage surrounding tissues. Read more
Remnant: A plica is a fold of joint lining tissue (synovial tissue). It is left over after the knee develops while you are in your mother's womb. It has no known specific function after that, but can occasionally be associated with problems. Read more
Plica surgery: I have been scoping knees for 27 years and have probably done over 3000. I have yet to do one for a plica. I would not be overly optimistic that your knee is going to be better from only excision of a plica. Read more