Using lower eyelid fascial slings for recalcitrant burn ectropion

Academic Article


  • Burns of the lower eyelid represent a difficult management problem. Even with skin grafting, scarring and contraction can result in ectropion. This condition creates a marked aesthetic deformity, poses a risk of corneal exposure, and jeopardizes the patient's vision. Historically, full-thickness skin grafts and tarsorrhaphies have been described to manage recurrent ectropion. The lower eyelid fascial sling (LEFS) uses a temporalis fascial strip to create a suspension sling for the lower eyelid. In a series of 7 patients, the LEFS procedure resolved the symptoms permanently in all patients. Because the LEFS procedure counteracts the natural scar contraction forces of lower eyelid burns, it can resolve recalcitrant ectropion successfully while preserving the function and aesthetics of the lower eyelid.
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    Pubmed Id

  • 23370608
  • Author List

  • De La Torre J; Simpson RL; Tenenhaus M; Bourhill I
  • Start Page

  • 621
  • End Page

  • 624
  • Volume

  • 46
  • Issue

  • 6