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J AAPOS. 2006 Jun;10(3):281-2.

A simple correction for congenital tarsal kink associated with distichiasis.

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  • 1Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow, UK. samiraziz@doctors.org.uk


Congenital tarsal kink is a rare condition. The folded edge of the upper tarsus, or the inturned lashes, may traumatize the cornea causing ulceration. We describe a case of unilateral upper eyelid horizontal tarsal kink associated with distichiasis and congenital corneal ulceration. Several different surgical treatment options have been previously alluded to in the literature including lamellar tarsoplasty, full-thickness eyelid fracture, and rotation and excision of the kink with tarsal reapposition. Repair by means of eyelid everting sutures via an anterior lamellar approach is presented as a novel technique to correct this congenital anomaly.

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