Surgical Correction of Giant Fornix Syndrome


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Abstract

Purpose:To describe a surgical procedure and its outcomes for the management of chronic pseudomembranous kerato-conjunctivitis secondary to giant fornix syndrome (GFS).Methods:Retrospective case series of 6 patients undergoing fornix shortening surgery for giant fornix syndrome.Results:Surgery produced complete resolution of symptoms in 5/6 (83%) patients and complete relief prior to partial relapse in 1. Mean follow up was 18 months (range: 3–41 months). In the 4 (of 6) patients who had measurements taken, the mean upper eyelid forniceal depth reduced from 21.25 mm (n = 4, SD: 2.87) preoperatively to 16.5 mm (n = 4, SD: 2.65) postoperatively.Conclusions:Fornix reconstruction may be an effective and well-tolerated treatment for refractory GFS. Resection of excess conjunctiva restores the normal anatomy within the conjunctival cul-de-sac thereby reducing the incidence of protein coagulum formation.

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