Nearly twenty years ago I introduced into plastic surgery a method to transplant free skin flaps of varying size. This method is now generally accepted in reconstructive surgery under the name of epithelial inlay and is highly esteemed not only in Austria and Germany but also in England and in the United States.1
This method may also be used in ophthalmic practice when after enucleation the conjunctival socket is not large enough to receive a glass eye, when there is extensive mutilation of the eyelids by fire, when it is necessary to construct new eyelids, etc. I shall now consider its value only in cases of ectropion in which the usual operations may have been unsuccessful. The ectropion may be the result of a burn, lupus or other accident or illness.
The principles of the epithelial inlay are that an exact model is made with Stent's mass, a material
ESSER JFS. EPITHELIAL INLAY IN CASES OF REFRACTORY ECTROPION. Arch Ophthalmol. 1936;16(1):55–57. doi:10.1001/archopht.1936.00840190065008
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