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June 1974

Polyglycolic Acid Suture in Strabismus Surgery

Author Affiliations

From the Motility Service, University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Chicago.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1974;91(6):439-440. doi:10.1001/archopht.1974.03900060453004

Polyglycolic acid suture was evaluated for strabismus surgery. The postoperative reaction encountered with this suture after recession or resection of a horizontal rectus muscle in 26 eyes was compared with the reaction following the use of chromic gut sutures for surgery on the antagonistic rectus muscle in the same eye. Follow-up observations were made at the first, third, and 12th weeks postoperatively, and the muscle reactions were graded. The reaction at the first week interval showed no difference, but the polyglycolic acid sutures showed significantly less reaction than the chromic gut at the three-week interval. There was no significant difference at the 12th week postoperatively.

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