Modified Hughes flap: Division at 7 days

Igal Leibovitch, Dinesh Selva

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Abstract

To report the outcome of early division of the tarsoconjunctival pedicle of a modified Hughes flap at 1 week after the primary operation. Noncomparative, interventional, prospective case series. Twenty-nine eyelids of 29 consecutive patients operated using the modified Hughes flap and full-thickness skin graft for lower eyelid reconstruction after Mohs micrographic surgery, over a 4-year period. In all patients, the pedicle of the Hughes flap was divided 1 week after the primary operation. Postoperative lower eyelid flap viability and lower eyelid contour complications. Twenty-nine eyelids of 29 patients (mean age: 69±11 years) were operated using the modified Hughes flap. The mean follow-up period was 14±6 months (range: 6-23). There were no cases of lower eyelid retraction, flap ischemia, or necrosis after division. Postoperative complications included lower eyelid margin erythema in 2 patients (6.9%), upper eyelid lash ptosis in 3 patients (10.3%), and upper eyelid lateral retraction in 1 patient (3.4%). Early division of the tarsoconjunctival pedicle of a modified Hughes flap at 1 week does not compromise the viability of the reconstructed lower eyelid and results in a good functional and cosmetic outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2164-2167
Number of pages4
JournalOphthalmology
Volume111
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes

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