Successful conjunctival socket expansion in anophthalmic patients until the age of 2 years: an outpatient procedure.

Citation:
El Essawy, R. A., and S. H. Abdelbaky, "Successful conjunctival socket expansion in anophthalmic patients until the age of 2 years: an outpatient procedure.", Clinical ophthalmology (Auckland, N.Z.), vol. 10, pp. 1743-8, 2016.

Abstract:

PURPOSE: To report the results of a simple outpatient method for soft tissue socket expansion in young children with congenital anophthalmos.

METHODS: Seventeen congenital anophthalmic sockets of 15 infants of a mean age of 4.2±4.4 months were fitted with specially designed serial solid acrylic shapes or hydrogel expanders using cyanoacrylate for eyelids closure when using the latter.

RESULTS: At the age of 2 years, the mean horizontal eyelid length increased from a mean of 11.6±4.5 to 19.4±4.6 mm and the volume of the last expander from a mean of 0.6±0.2 to 2.0±0.3 cm(2). The specially designed acrylic shapes could be a substitute to the custom-made molds, which require general anesthesia.

CONCLUSION: Successful increase in the horizontal eyelid length as well as the conjunctival socket volume could be achieved by a simple outpatient procedure without the need for repeated hospitalization and general anesthesia in these infants.

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