Eyelid Splitting and Extirpation of Hair Follicles Using a Radiosurgical Technique for Treatment of Trichiasis

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Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: To describe a new, simple, and rapid surgical modification for the treatment of trichiasis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this noncomparative, prospective, interventional case series, 12 eyelids of 8 consecutive patients suffering from acquired trichiasis were treated by splitting the eyelid margin using a radiosurgical technique and then extirpating the hair follicles. The main outcome measure was successful resolution of trichiasis without recurrence during a follow-up period of at least 1 year. RESULTS: Complete recovery of the trichiatic eyelashes at the site of the treatment occurred in 10 of the 12 eyelids treated. There were no complications during or after healing of the surgical wound during the follow-up period. CONCLUSION: Radiosurgery provides a simple and rapid modification of the surgical treatment for acquired trichiasis, with good functional results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-122
Number of pages7
JournalOphthalmic Surgery Lasers and Imaging
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2004

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