Postoperative Changes in Isolated Medial Orbital Wall Fractures Based on Computed Tomography

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Abstract

The treatment has been improved on the accurate reduction of blow-out fracture for many decades. But still, it has been limited to reduce completely when surgeons are approaching by conventional technique. The authors analyzed the postoperative results using computed tomography (CT) scans after conventional open reduction of isolated medial wall fracture. Thirty-seven patients with isolated medial wall fracture were reviewed. All patients underwent preoperative, immediate, and postoperative CT scans. Two surgeons have performed the surgery by conventional open reduction with transcaruncular approach and absorbable mesh insertion. The authors evaluated changing orbital volume and distance, comparing the immediate and 6 months postoperative outcomes with preoperative outcome. The differences between immediate postoperative and 6 months postoperatively data were statistically evaluated. The authors used the distant value to minimize bias of CT view selection. Significant differences from the 2 kinds of data were observed (P < 0.05 for volume, P < 0.01 for distance, Paired t test). Bone remodeling process after conventional open reduction of orbital wall has not been fully understood. Most popular technique is conventional open reduction and mesh insertion but it is not easy for surgeons to reduce fractured bones completely. The authors analyzed the bone remodeling after incomplete reduction. These results suggest that the decreased measurements might be caused from the scar contracture with fibrosis. This research is very limited to explain the change while bone remodeling is progressed. Further research should be continued to discover the understanding of the process.

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