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J Korean Soc Plast Reconstr Surg. 2007 Nov;34(6):729-734. Korean. Original Article.
Park SH , Yang HJ .
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, College of Medicine, Eulji University, Daejeon, Korea.

PURPOSE: The operative treatment for blow-out fracture involves restoration of intra-orbital soft tissue and bony structural integrity. There are several methods for reconstruction of inferior blow out fracture. We report reduction of inferior blow-out fracture with urinary balloon catheter in comparison with Medpor(R) using group to complication rate. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed on 67 patients who underwent inferior orbital blow-out fracture reconstruction with Medpor(R) implant or urinary balloon catheter following between 2003 and 2006. Hospital records were reviewed especially for preoperative and postoperative enophthalmos, diplopia, extraocular muscle movement limitations, and hypoesthesia between Medpor(R) implant group and balloon catheter using group. RESULTS: There was no significant statistical difference between both groups on incidence of postoperative complications of enophthalmos, diplopia, extraocular muscle movement limitations, and hypoesthesia. Postoperative infection, ectropion were absent in both groups. CONCLUSION: The use of urinary balloon catheter is simple, fast and inexpensive. Urinary balloon catheter is an alternative and reliable use for reduction of inferior orbital blow-out fracture.

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