A man’s eyelashes grew unusually long and developed a dramatic curl — and it turned out to be a side effect of his cancer treatment.

In a report of the man’s case, published Wednesday (April 24) in the journal JAMA Dermatology, doctors called the patient’s sudden eyelash growth “drug-induced trichomegaly.” Trichomegaly refers to a condition in which eyelashes grow very, very long, usually exceeding their usual length by about 0.5 inch (12 millimeters) or more. At the same time, the eyelashes can become curlier, thicker and darker.

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