Lamellar Tarsectomy Procedure In Major Trichiasis Of The Upper Lid
Received 26 March 2019
Accepted for publication 15 October 2019
Published 20 November 2019 Volume 2019:13 Pages 2251—2259
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Khaled Hamdi Elbaklish, Safaa M Saleh, Wael Adel Gomaa
Ophthalmology Department, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
Correspondence: Khaled Hamdi Elbaklish
Ophthalmology Department, Ain Shams University, Abbassia, Cairo 11566 Egypt
Aims: Evaluation of failure rate and outcomes between skin and muscle surgery and lamellar tarsectomy procedure in major trichiasis of the upper lid.
Design: Quasi-randomized clinical study.
Methods and subjects: One hundred individuals with major trichiasis of the upper lid were enrolled and assigned to either skin and muscle surgery (group A) or a lamellar tarsectomy procedure (group B). Participants were examined at 6 and 12 months. The primary outcome measure (failure rate) was the percentage of participants having five or more eyelashes touching the globe or having surgery performed at any follow-up time in both groups. The secondary outcomes included failure time and changes in both visual acuity and corneal opacity.
Results: Risk failure over 6 months was 40% in group A and 10% in group B. Absolute risk reduction was 30% (95% CI=14.08–45.92%). Cumulative risk failure over 12 months was 20% in group A and 0.00% in group B after the second intervention. Absolute risk reduction was 20% (95% CI=8.58–31.42%). The number needed to treat (NNT) was 3.3 patients (95% CI=2.2–7.1). The mean number of rubbing lashes was greater in the skin and muscle group than in the lamellar tarsectomy group for 6 and 12 month examinations (0.002, 0.005). The change in visual acuity between the two groups was not significant. Recurrent trichiasis was noticed earlier, 6 weeks after surgery, in the skin and muscle group participants, and later, 3 months after surgery, in the lamellar tarsectomy group participants.
Conclusion: The lamellar tarsectomy procedure is a good choice for management of major trichiasis of the upper lid. The subjective symptoms and lid margin conjunctivalization were improved in lamellar tarsectomy participants. Absence of new corneal opacity or a change in existing corneal opacification was noticed at the 12 months follow-up study.
Keywords: tarsectomy, rubbing, lashes, trichiasis, lid
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