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November 1982

High-Dose Radiation to the Orbit: A Cause of Skin Graft Failure After Exenteration

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Toronto and Toronto General Hospital. Dr Savar is now with the University of California, Los Angeles.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1982;100(11):1755-1757. doi:10.1001/archopht.1982.01030040735004

• Two patients had orbital exenteration for recurrent basal cell carcinoma after multiple courses of radiation to the orbit. Postoperatively, there was sloughing of skin graft from the bony surfaces that received the highest exposure to the radiation, presumably secondary to death of soft-tissue elements within the bone. Incidentally, epithelialization of these areas secondarily by granulation failed to occur. The result was permanent denuding of large areas of orbital bone.

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