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J Korean Assoc Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2003 Dec;29(6):430-437. Korean. Case Report.
Choi MG .
Dept. of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Dentistry, Muju Health Hospital. omschoi@hanmail.net
Abstract

Patient with facial paralysis may develop opthalmic complications. Poor eyelid closure, ectopion and lagophthalmos place the patinet at increased risk for development of corneal problems such as epitheilail defects, stromal thinning, bacterial infection, and even perforation. Inilital treatment should be conservative and include the use of ocular lubricants and taping of the lower eyelid into the proper position. Surgical intervention may be required in patients who have failed medical therapy or in whom the facial paralysis is not expected to improve. Gold weight implantation in upper eyelid and lower lid tightening in lower eyelid has become a popular procedure to correct upper eyelid retraction and lower eyelid laxity and to improve corneal coverage. We describe technique for placement of a gold weight in the upper lid, with attention of the maintenance of symmetric eyelid crease and susture canthopexy to correct malpositioned lower eyelid.

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