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Amniotic Membrane Graft in the Surgical Management of Cryptophthalmos

Stewart, Jay M. M.D.*; David, Sarada M.D.; Seiff, Stuart R. M.D.*

Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery: September 2002 - Volume 18 - Issue 5 - p 378-380
Brief Reports

Purpose To describe a case of cryptophthalmos in which an amniotic membrane graft was used in reconstruction of the upper eyelid and fornix.

Methods The surgical history of a patient with partial cryptophthalmos is presented.

Results Successful creation of a superior fornix in a case of partial cryptophthalmos was achieved only after an amniotic membrane graft was used.

Conclusions Amniotic membrane is a useful resource for fornix reconstruction in cryptophthalmos.

*Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Service, Department of Ophthalmology, University of California, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.; and †Schell Eye Hospital, Department of Ophthalmology, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India.

Accepted March 8, 2002.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. Stuart R. Seiff, University of California, San Francisco, 400 Parnassus Avenue, A-750, San Francisco, CA 94143–0344. E-mail

This work was supported in part by grants from Research to Prevent Blindness and That Man May See, Inc.

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.