Consecutive ectropion after the Wies procedure

David Cheung, Soupramaniam Sandramouli
Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 2004, 20 (1): 64-8

PURPOSE: To describe the clinical features and management difficulties of the ectropions after Wies procedure for lower eyelid involutional entropion in 4 patients.

METHODS: Case series.

RESULTS: All ectropions had developed within 2 months of the Wies procedure. Common structural features with cicatricial contraction of the anterior lamella and buckling of the tarsal plates were evident. Maximal horizontal eyelid shortening and excision of anterior lamella scar tissue allowed correction.

CONCLUSIONS: Consecutive ectropion is caused by secondary cicatricial changes, which can be difficult to manage. Untreated horizontal laxity and postoperative scarring are likely contributory factors in its development. The authors recommend excision of anterior lamella scar tissue combined with large full-thickness wedge excision as an effective treatment.

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