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Type: Journal article
Title: Techniques and outcomes of total upper and lower eyelid reconstruction
Author: deSousa, J.
Leibovitch, I.
Malhotra, R.
O'Donnell, B.
Sullivan, T.
Selva-Nayagam, D.
Citation: JAMA Ophthalmology, 2007; 125(12):1601-1609
Publisher: Amer Medical Assoc
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 0003-9950
Abstract: <h4>Objectives</h4>To describe techniques used for reconstruction of the eyelids following total loss of the upper and lower eyelids and to describe visual and functional outcomes.<h4>Methods</h4>Multicenter, retrospective, interventional case series of all of the patients requiring unilateral reconstruction of both the upper and lower eyelids.<h4>Results</h4>Six cases were identified, 1 following trauma and 5 following tumor excision (4 with basal cell carcinoma and 1 with melanoma). The median age was 69 years (range, 18-90 years). Primary repair using preserved tissue was carried out in the case of traumatic avulsion. Following tumor excision, bilamellar repair was performed using composite grafts for the posterior lamella and skin-muscle flaps for the anterior lamella. Graft necrosis occurred in 3 cases (50%). In all of the cases, the reconstructed eyelids were stiff and immobile. Lagophthalmos (6 cases [100%]), ptosis (3 cases [50%]), lower eyelid retraction (3 cases [50%]), and ectropion (2 cases [33%]) were common. Useful vision was retained in all of the cases.<h4>Conclusions</h4>Total eyelid defects are rare and often unanticipated. Adequate corneal protection can be achieved using lamellar repair principles and local tissues; however, poor vascularity demands careful planning, with vascularized flaps favored over free grafts. Reconstructed eyelids have poor function in the setting of total upper and lower eyelid loss, and revision surgery is often required to improve eyelid structure and function.
Keywords: Eyelids
Palate, Hard
Nasal Mucosa
Surgical Flaps
Eyelid Diseases
Postoperative Complications
Treatment Outcome
Retrospective Studies
Graft Survival
Visual Acuity
Aged, 80 and over
Description: Copyright © 2007 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
DOI: 10.1001/archopht.125.12.1601
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