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The treatment of enophthalmos by orbital injection of fat autograft.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8049045     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of retro-orbital intramuscular cone injection of fat in the treatment of posttraumatic enophthalmos in both patients with intact globes and those patients who have had globes removed. DESIGN: Case series. SETTING: Private practice involving an otolaryngologist and an ophthalmologist. PATIENTS: Three groups of patients were treated: group 1 included those patients with an intact globe; group 2, patients with an orbital implant following enucleation; and group 3, patients with no orbital implant following enucleation. INTERVENTION: Autogenous fat was harvested from the abdomen using a microsuction lipectomy technique. The fat was injected into the intramuscular cone in the retrobulbar or retroimplant space using a 14-gauge needle. OUTCOME: Sustained improvement of enophthalmos measured by Hertel's exophthalmometry in those patients with an intact globe. Subjective appearance of prosthesis by physician and patient were used for end points in patients whose globes were removed. RESULTS: In group 1, all patients were able to maintain a correction to within 1 mm of the normal eye. In groups 2 and 3, all patients had a subjective improvement in appearance, but they had development of enophthalmos if the prosthesis was decreased in size. Seven patients (64%) required multiple injections. CONCLUSION: Retro-orbital injection of fat autografts allows correction of persistent posttraumatic enophthalmos.
P D Hunter; S S Baker
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of otolaryngology--head & neck surgery     Volume:  120     ISSN:  0886-4470     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Otolaryngol. Head Neck Surg.     Publication Date:  1994 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-09-06     Completed Date:  1994-09-06     Revised Date:  2006-03-28    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8603209     Medline TA:  Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  835-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Section of Craniofacial Surgery, Neurosurgeon Mercy Group, Oklahoma City, Okla.
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MeSH Terms
Adipose Tissue / transplantation*
Enophthalmos / etiology,  surgery*
Eye Enucleation
Eye Injuries / complications
Eye, Artificial
Follow-Up Studies
Orbit / surgery*
Prostheses and Implants
Prosthesis Design
Transplantation, Autologous

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