ORIGINAL ARTICLE: PDF OnlyUnilateral Dermis-Fat Graft Implantation in the Pediatric OrbitHeher, Katrinka L. M.D.*; Katowitz, James A. M.D.*; Low, Joanne E. M.D.Author Information *Division of Ophthalmology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, The Edwin and Fannie Grey Hall Center for Human Appearance, and The Scheie Eye Institute, The University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery: March 1998 - Volume 14 - Issue 2 - p 81-88 Buy Abstract The purpose of this study was to evaluate the role of the dermisfat graft (DFG) as an orbital implant in the pediatric age group. A retrospective study was made of a series of 16 patients who had undergone unilateral orbital implantation of a DFG. The ages of the patients at the time of surgery ranged from 2 months to 17 years, with followup ranging from 2 to 15 years. Growth of the graft was clinically apparent in the younger children. Increasing proptosis required surgical debulking of the graft in six of eight children who were 4 years old or younger at the time of DFG implantation. None of the eight children who were 9 years or older at the time of DFG implantation required surgical debulking. Indeed, five of the older patients demonstrated some degree of graft atrophy. Dermis-fat grafts placed in the orbits of young children appear to grow after implantation. This growth of the implant may help stimulate orbital growth, potentially leading to more symmetry between the involved and uninvolved sides. ©1998The American Society of Opthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Inc.