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ONE OF the greatest problems in performing the operation of resection of the levator palpebrae has been the difficulty of holding the levator tendon securely while it is being freed from its several attachments. If three traction sutures are inserted into this tendon, as advocated by Blaskovicz, the sutures always get twisted, cause bunching of the levator muscle, and tend to pull out.
To meet this need, a ptosis clamp has been devised which we at the Ophthalmological Institute have used for the past two years and have found very satisfactory for grasping and holding the levator tendon securely.
This clamp is much like an ordinary extraocular-muscle clamp except that the biting arms of this new instrument are 20 mm., rather than 10 mm., long (Figure).
The ptosis clamp. Corrugations to prevent slipping have been placed inside the biting arms of this ptosis clamp. A sliding attachment locks the blades
BERKE R. PTOSIS CLAMP FOR HOLDING THE LEVATOR MUSCLE DURING RESECTION OF THE LEVATOR PALPEBRAE. AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1952;48(3):346-347. doi:10.1001/archopht.1952.00920010354011