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Repair of upper eyelid retraction: a comparison between adjustable and non-adjustable sutures



Repair of upper eyelid retraction: a comparison between adjustable and non-adjustable sutures



British Journal of Ophthalmology 79(7): 658-660



Background: The challenge with the surgical repair of upper eyelid retraction is to obtain a more predictable and satisfactory postoperative eyelid contour and height, and to minimize the need for further surgery. Methods: A retrospective analysis was performed on all patients treated surgically for eyelid retraction at Moorfields Eye Hospital over a 13 year period. Results: In this study good postoperative results were obtained in 10 of 13 (77%) eyelids using adjustable sutures, compared with 56 of 148 (38%) eyelids using non-adjustable sutures (p lt 0.01). With non-adjustable sutures, good results were achieved more often for non-thyroid compared with thyroid related eyelid retraction (26/55 versus 31/93 eyelids respectively, p lt 0.05). Previous eyelid surgery did not affect outcome. Conclusion: We recommend the use of adjustable sutures for the repair of upper eyelid retraction, particularly in patients with thyroid disease.

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PMID: 7662630

DOI: 10.1136/bjo.79.7.658



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