The Use of a Double Suture and Conjunctival Cuts in the Lateral Tarsal Strip: A New Approach to Involutional Ectropion

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Abstract

Purpose:

To describe the use of a double suture and conjunctival cuts in the lateral tarsal strip (LTS) and to evaluate postsurgical outcome in patients with severe involutional ectropion.

Methods:

A prospective randomized study was conducted on 16 eyelids of 8 patients with symptomatic severe involutional ectropion. The 8 patients were between 62 and 79 years. They were distributed into 2 groups consisting of 4 patients each. The control group was treated with a conventional lateral tarsal strip (C-LTS), the second group underwent a modified lateral tarsal strip (M-LTS). The mean follow-up was 18 months. Success was defined as relief in lid laxity. The recurrence rate was also evaluated.

Results:

Patients treated with M-LTS showed lower horizontal laxity (3.5 ± 0.2) than patients treated with C-LTS (5.7 ± 0.2). During the 18-month follow-up, a statistically significant difference was found between the 2 groups with P value <0.05.

Conclusions:

The use of a double suture and conjunctival cuts in the lateral tarsal strip proposed by Meduri showed a reduction of postsurgical ectropion's grade and postsurgical recurrences. This technique could be used for the treatment of patients with a severe ectropion.

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