Alison B. Huggins, James J. Evans, Adam E. Flanders & Michael P. Rabinowitz
This is a case description of a male patient found to have orbital and intracranial emphysema, specifically with air in his cavernous sinuses bilaterally following penetrating trauma to the medial orbit from a goat’s horn. There were no orbital or skull base fractures. Although the presence of traumatic intracranial emphysema is not uncommon, it is typically the result of direct communication of the cranial vault with the paranasal sinuses in the setting of associated fracture or, alternatively, from direct penetration and inoculation. We present a rare case of orbital emphysema with traumatic intracranial emphysema without these previously described associations and postulate a mech“anism behind its development.
Vladimir Theodor Thaller & Kaveh Vahdani
We promote a simple, reversible temporary tarsorrhaphy technique and describe how to place a 4/0 polypropylene suture, on a round-body needle, into the upper and lower tarsal plate to create a strong suture tarsorrhaphy. This technique has been found to be extremely effective over 20 years’ experience with minimal patient discomfort or complications. The eyelid margin anatomy is not disrupted and maintains its normal architecture and contour following release of the tarsorrhaphy. This temporary suture tarsorrhaphy technique is inexpensive, safe and easy to learn and above all comfortable for the patient. It can be performed in most clinical settings, without the risk of lid margin damage and subsequent lash growth distortion. It is appropriate for both for short- and medium-term eye protection.
Norman C. Charles, Carisa K. Petris & Eleanore T. Kim
The authors describe an esthesioneuroblastoma (olfactory neuroblastoma) that occurred within the nasal cavity and brain in a 31-year-old man. Following excision, the tumor recurred in the left orbit and in mediastinal lymph nodes. Treatment included orbital excision and systemic chemotherapy. Histopathology showed a high-grade neuroepithelial tumor with positive immunohistochemical markers for neuroendocrine and epithelial components, an unusual combination raising issues concerning taxonomy.
Mayuresh P. Naik, Anuj Mehta, Sangeeta Abrol, Sandeep Kumar & Vishnu S. Gupta
To determine the safety and efficacy of topical 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) 5% ointment in treatment of non-syndromic multifocal basal cell carcinoma. A 55-year-old male patient, with 8 hours of daily sun exposure, having histologically proven and radiologically non-syndromic, multifocal basal cell carcinoma with involvement of 6 sites on the face, was treated with topical 5-FU 5% ointment twice daily over all sites except the site involving lid margin to prevent corneal toxicity. Left lid lesion underwent wide surgical excision with 5-mm clear margins and reconstruction with nasal septal mucoperichondrium and local skin mobilization. Pharmacologic effects first appeared at 4 weeks and by 8 weeks, the lesions had scabbed and had fallen off with no induration but residual mild perilesional erythema. Patient had post-op histopathological clear margins and recovered uneventfully. No recurrence in 6 months. A topical 5-FU 5% ointment represents a paradigm shift in the treatment of BCC from invasive and disfiguring options (surgery and chemoradiotherapy) to cheap, convenient, effective, non-invasive, non-disfiguring topical chemotherapy. Topical 5% 5-FU is a safe and effective modality of treatment of superficial spreading multifocal basal carcinoma, especially lesions larger than 10 mm, where margins cannot be identified clearly and recurrent lesions.
Olivia Claire Morris, Kirsten Schebitz Walter, Esbjörn Telemo & Christoph Hintschich
Thyroid-associated ophthalmopathy (TAO) has a predilection for inferior rectus muscle that has never been explained. We conducted immunohistochemical staining for the soluble cleaved form of collagen XIII alpha 1 (COL13A1) and found constitutively low expression of COL13A1 in normal human inferior rectus muscles and moderate expression of COL13A1 in normal human medial rectus muscles. COL13A1 is known to be essential to development and maintenance of neuromuscular junctions and there is some evidence to suggest it may help support normal immune function. The combination of constitutively low expression of COL13A1, high physiological and metabolic demands, and consequentially relatively high exposure to stressors via the blood stream may help explain the particular vulnerability of inferior rectus to TAO compared to other extraocular muscles.
Peter M. Mota & Jonathan H. Norris
We assess current practice using topical phenylephrine by British Oculoplastic Surgery Society (BOPSS) consultants in the surgical management of ptosis. All UK consultant BOPSS members were invited to participate in a web-based survey, consisting of 8 questions relating to the surgical management of adult primary involutional ptosis with normal levator function and the use of phenylephrine in the management of ptosis. 53 BOPSS consultants (43%) completed the survey, of which 76% perform anterior approach levator advancement as first-line surgery. Then, 40% of consultants routinely use phenylephrine unilaterally in the ptotic eye, with 90% using 2.5% as opposed to 10%. Also, 77% of consultants use topical phenylephrine to illustrate the predicted outcome of surgery for the patient’s benefit and 65% modify their approach on the basis of the test. If phenylephrine raises the ptotic eyelid >2 mm, those using an anterior approach reduces to 13.6%, with majority using a posterior approach (86.4%). If phenylephrine induces no improvement, then 76% use an anterior approach. If phenylephrine induces a contralateral ptosis 79% of consultants will perform simultaneous bilateral surgery. A number of interesting trends were observed amongst BOPSS consultants in their surgical approach to ptosis based on the phenylephrine test. The majority of consultants will switch from anterior to posterior approach surgery when the phenylephrine test is strongly positive and will also perform bilateral surgery when a contralateral ptosis is induced with phenylephrine.
Shani Golan, Dan B. Rootman & Robert A. Goldberg
Although reoperation rates for upper lid retraction surgery for thyroid eye disease (TED) typically range between 8% and 23%, there is little literature describing the outcomes of these second operations. In this retrospective observational cohort study, all patients that underwent surgery for upper eyelid retraction over a 14-year period at a single institution were included. Cases were included if a second eyelid retraction surgery was performed during the study period. Success of surgery was defined as a marginal reflex distance (MRD1) of 2.5 to 4.5 mm in each eye and less than 1 mm difference in MRD1 between the eyes. Overcorrection and undercorrection were defined as above and below these bounds, respectively. 72 eyes in 49 patients were included in the study. The mean age was 56.6 (±11.5) years. By definition, all patients had at least 1 lid lengthening surgery for upper eyelid retraction, and at least 1 subsequent surgery. For this second surgery, 61 eyes (85%) underwent retraction surgery and 11 eyes (15%) underwent ptosis surgery. After this second operation, 31% were undercorrected and 33% were overcorrected. A third surgery was performed in 19 eyes (25%), 12 had surgery for residual retraction and 7 for ptosis. After the third operation 10% of eyes were under corrected and 11% were over corrected. Four patients underwent a fourth surgery: one for retraction and three for ptosis. Success was noted in 35% after the second surgery and 44% after the third. Surgical success in eyelid retraction surgery increases from a second to a third consecutive surgery, and residual asymmetry was roughly equally distributed between over- and undercorrection.
Tessa Fayers, Peter M. Fayers & Peter J. Dolman
We tested the sensitivity and responsiveness of the TED-QOL to rehabilitative surgery in thyroid eye disease (TED). The 3-item TED-QOL and 16-item GO-QOL, which assess quality of life (QoL) in TED, were administered to consecutive patients undergoing rehabilitative surgery. The questionnaires were completed pre-and post-operatively to assess sensitivity (ability to discriminate between different surgical groups) and responsiveness (ability to detect within patient changes over time).56 patients underwent 69 procedures for TED (29 orbital decompressions, 15 strabismus operations, 25 eyelid procedures).
The differences in scores between the three types of surgery (a measure of sensitivity) were statistically significant at the 5% level pre-operatively and post-operatively for all 3 TED-QOL scales and for both GO-QOL scales, but much more so for the TED-QOL scales in each case.
The within-patient changes between the pre- and post-operative scores for the same subjects (a measure of responsiveness) were statistically very highly significant for the TED-QOL overall and appearance scales for each of the surgeries. The pre- and post-operative difference for the TED-QOL functioning scale was highly statistically significant for strabismus surgery but not for decompression or lid surgery. The change between the pre- and post-operative scores for the GO-QOL was significant for the functioning scale with strabismus and lid surgery, and was highly significant for the appearance scale with lid surgery but not for strabismus surgery or decompression.
The 3-item TED-QOL is sensitive and responsive to rehabilitative surgery in TED and compares favorably with the lengthier GO-QOL for these parameters.