Eyelid splitting with follicular extirpation using a monopolar cautery for the treatment of trichiasis and distichiasis

Mi Jung Chi, Min Soo Park, Dong Heun Nam, Hyun Seung Moon, Se Hyun Baek

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Abstract

Purpose: To assess the efficacy of eyelid splitting coupled with follicular extirpation via monopolar cautery in the treatment of trichiasis and distichiasis. Methods: Between March 2000 and October 2003, this surgery was performed on 52 eyelids from 45 patients, with a mean follow-up period of 14.3 months (ranging from 12.3 to 17.6 months). Under local anesthesia and a surgical microscope, a chalazion clamp is positioned on the eyelid, and a no. 11 scalpel is employed to make an incision located immediately anterior and parallel to the abnormal eyelash line. Each of the abnormal hair follicles is then removed via cautery with a monopolar needle. No sutures are involved in this procedure. Results: Forty-four eyelids of 40 patients (84.6%) were successfully treated without recurrence or any residual symptoms. Repeat surgery was then performed on eight eyelids, with successful results in six cases. The cumulative success rate for this procedure was 96.1%. No complications were noted in the treated area, including lid deformities, granuloma formation, infections, and others. Conclusions: Eyelid splitting coupled with follicular extirpation via cautery with a monopolar needle, a procedure which requires no sutures, constitutes a simple and effective method for the treatment of both trichiasis and distichiasis and is associated with favorable functional and cosmetic results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)637-640
Number of pages4
JournalGraefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Volume245
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 May

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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