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Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2006 December;50(4):107-10

Copyright © 2006 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Upper eyelid gold weight implants in patients with facial nerve palsy. Surgical technique

Nazzi V., Marras C., Broggi G.

National Neurological Institute “C. Besta”, Milan, Italy


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Facial nerve injuries produce lagophthalmos and consequent ocular disease caused by corneal exposure. The management of the affected eye in patients with facial palsy has been improved. Previously ointment, eye drops, taping, partial or complete tarsorrhaphy was the primary treatment of the inability to close the eyelid. Other mechanical techniques for reanimating lid closure, including palpebral springs, encircling the upper and lower eyelids with silicone or fascia lata, and temporalis muscle transfer. The most popular and widely used static procedure in facial nerve palsy is the upper eyelid gold weight implant. This procedure is the goal of the treatment for the restoration of function and cosmesis to the paralyzed eyelids. The surgical technique used for lid load insertion are described below.

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