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21st Annual Meeting of the German Retina Society and 8th Symposium of the International Society of Ocular Trauma (ISOT)

German Retina Society
International Society of Ocular Trauma

19.06. - 22.06.2008, Würzburg

The Unique Use of Amniotic Membrane to Reconstruct the Ocular Surface and Fornix, as well as Inhibit Scar Formation, in a Patient Suffering Traumatic Facial Injury

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  • Richard F. Multack - Downers Grove/Illinois
  • M.D. Barsamian - Downers Grove/Illinois
  • B. Proctor - Downers Grove/Illinois

Retinologische Gesellschaft. International Society of Ocular Trauma. 21. Jahrestagung der Retinologischen Gesellschaft gemeinsam mit dem 8. Symposium der International Society of Ocular Trauma. Würzburg, 19.-22.06.2008. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2008. DocISOTRG2008V057

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Published: June 18, 2008

© 2008 Multack et al.
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Background: Traumatic ocular injuries, especially those resulting in the displacement and permanent loss of periocular tissues, such as the eyelids, present special challenges for the involved ophthalmologist. First, the disrupted and damaged tissues must be repaired and often times reconstructed with the aid of grafts. Second, the traumatized tissue(s) must then be returned to the pre-trauma position as best as possible so that the function of the eye and periocular tissues can be restored. Third, the repair and reconstruction process must take into account the unpredictable, and sometimes excessive, scarring that can often accompany more difficult or multiple tissue graft procedures – this is often necessary to restore traumatized eyes.

Method: Case Report of a Surgical Repaired Traumatically Avulsed Eyelid.

Results: This case showed very good early post-operative healing with good cosmetic and reconstructive results. There was very little post-operative scarring and no post-operative infectinos.

Conclusion: This case encourages the use of amniotic membranes in traumatic eye injuries where there is loss of surface tissues and where the risk of scar formation and infection is high. Amniotic membranes inhibit scar formation while helping to sustain the viability of other grafted tissues, and they are easy to work with and apply around the eye.