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Aesthetic correction of severe cicatricial upper-eyelid ectropion with a retrograde postauricular island flap.
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PMID:  23296769     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Cicatricial ectropion of the upper eyelid is a serious problem because of the association with exposure keratitis and ulceration. Traditional surgical treatment usually requires skin grafts or local flaps depending on the severity of the defect. However, outcomes have usually been discouraging, especially in terms of cosmetic appearance.
METHODS: From February 2000 to March 2012, a total of 12 upper eyelids with severe cicatricial ectropion were treated with a retrograde postauricular island flap and were included in this study. Based on the pedicle of the parietal branch of the superficial temporal artery and its choke anastomoses to the posterior auricular artery, the retrograde postauricular island flap was harvested with a supra-auricular incision down to the non-hair-bearing side skin of the postauricular region. The flap was then transferred to the upper-lid lesion by passing it through a subcutaneous tunnel between the pedicle base and the upper-lid lesion. The donor site was directly closed by advancing the postauricular scalp flap into the sulcus. The largest flap was 6.5 × 3.5 cm(2).
RESULTS: After 6-12 months of follow-up, flaps survived with good color, texture, and contour. The eyelids moved freely without recurrence of ectropion. The donor site had an inconspicuous scar. No major complications occurred.
CONCLUSIONS: The retrograde postauricular island flap can be a safe, simple, and effective procedure for aesthetic correction of severe cicatricial upper-eyelid ectropion with few complications and little donor-site morbidity.
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Siqi Fu; Jincai Fan; Wenlin Chen; Zengjie Yang; Zhuming Yin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2013-01-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  Aesthetic plastic surgery     Volume:  37     ISSN:  1432-5241     ISO Abbreviation:  Aesthetic Plast Surg     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-02-01     Completed Date:  2013-08-12     Revised Date:  2013-11-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7701756     Medline TA:  Aesthetic Plast Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  95-101     Citation Subset:  IM    
Ninth Department of Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, No. 33, Ba-Da-Chu Road, Beijing, 100144, China.
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MeSH Terms
Blepharoplasty / methods*
Cicatrix / complications,  surgery*
Ear, External / transplantation
Ectropion / etiology,  surgery*
Severity of Illness Index
Surgical Flaps*
Young Adult

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