Temporalis Fascia in the Management of Gold Eyelid Weight Extrusion

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A patient with a traumatic facial nerve palsy and resulting paralytic lagophthalmos underwent surgical implantation of a gold weight load, which extruded 4 weeks after surgery. Cicatricial contraction of the anterior lamella developed, and a full-thickness skin graft was used to correct the cicatrix. A second gold weight loading procedure was then undertaken with a temporalis fascia drape added to reduce the risk of extrusion. One year after surgery, there is no sign of migration or extrusion. Gold weight loading has emerged as the standard in management of paralytic lagophthalmos, with extrusion cited as the most serious complication. We propose temporalis fascia draping as an adjuvant procedure in the reimplantation of an extruded gold weight.

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