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January 1994

Bone Graft Implantation for Correction of the Anophthalmic Orbit

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Mich.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1994;120(1):49-55. doi:10.1001/archotol.1994.01880250045006

Prosthetic rehabilitation of the anophthalmic orbit may result in a syndrome characterized by retrodisplacement and tilt of the prosthesis, deepening of the upper eyelid sulcus, retraction of the upper eyelid, and stretching of the lower eyelid. Patients requiring enucleation of the orbit following trauma can also have accentuation of the enophthalmos, with hypophthalmos and displacement of the malar eminence. These cosmetic defects are difficult to manage, and a number of corrective surgical techniques have been described. In this study we review the pathophysiology of the anophthalmic orbit and present our recent experience utilizing the strategic placement of iliac crest bone grafts to compensate for the bony and soft-tissue injuries associated with traumatic loss of the globe. All six patients experienced subjective and objective improvement postoperatively. Results are presented as case presentations with accompanying photographs and follow-up data. (Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1994;120:49-55)

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