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April 1933


Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Surgery and Ophthalmology, St. Luke's Hospital.

Arch Surg. 1933;26(4):617-622. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1933.01170040080005

The epithelial inlay graft described by Esser1 and developed extensively by Gillies2 has many useful applications in plastic surgery. We applied the method successfully in reconstructing a conjunctival sac which was completely destroyed by a chemical burn.

REPORT OF A CASE  The patient who presented this unusual plastic problem was a man of 37, a plumber, whose previous history was not significant. He was injured on March 13, 1929, when some alkaline drain compound was thrown in his face, and he was admitted to St. Luke's Hospital on that date. Physical examination showed nothing of importance except for superficial second degree burns scattered over the face, neck and upper part of the chest, hyperemia and edema of the tongue and mucous membranes of the mouth, marked chemosis of the right eye, some haziness of the cornea and marked edema of the lids. There was moderate injection of the

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