A hybrid technique to address exposure keratopathy secondary to facial nerve paresis: A combination of a lateral tarsorrhaphy and lateral wedge resection

Roxana Fu, Nicholas Moore, Taha Z. Shipchandler, Jonathan Y. Ting, Travis Tate Tollefson, Cyrus Rabbani, Meena Moorthy, William R. Nunery, H. B. Harold Lee

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Abstract

Purpose: To present the results of treating combined lower eyelid laxity, retraction and midface descent secondary to facial nerve weakness with a hybrid surgical procedure. Materials and methods: A retrospective analysis of patients from January 2015 to January 2017 who underwent a hybrid surgical technique for the treatment of corneal exposure secondary to facial nerve paresis with a single surgeon was performed. Age, gender, and presence of exposure symptoms were recorded pre-operatively. Outcomes assessed included improvement of lower eyelid laxity and position, operative complications, and post-operative symptomatic relief. Results: A total of 11 patients underwent unilateral eyelid surgery. All patients had symptomatic relief and good functional outcomes defined as improvement in eyelid laxity, lower eyelid position, and objective corneal exposure. No cases required reoperation during an average follow up of 174.5 days. Conclusions: Combining portions of a tarsorrhaphy and lateral wedge resection technique is a simple and effective procedure to improve lower eyelid position and limit corneal exposure secondary to facial nerve paresis.

Keywords

  • Exposure keratopathy
  • Facial nerve paresis
  • Lower eyelid laxity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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