A Simple New Technique for Treatment of Tarsal Kink Syndrome

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Abstract

Congenital tarsal kink syndrome is a rare type of upper eyelid entropion associated with keratitis due to trichiasis. The authors describe a new technique for treatment of congenital horizontal tarsal kink syndrome by means of absorbable everting sutures via a posterior approach. A neonate was referred to eye clinic with right eye redness and corneal opacity since birth. Clinical examination revealed inversion of the eyelid margin with a horizontal kink in the tarsal plate and corneal ulcer. Surgical treatment resulted in successful correction of upper eyelid malpositioning, rapid resolution of the corneal ulcer with excellent anatomical outcome, visual development and cosmesis, with no evidence of recurrence after 6 years. Absorbable everting sutures via a posterior approach is a simple, minimally invasive, and effective surgical technique for treatment of congenital horizontal tarsal kink syndrome.

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