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Orbit. 2013 Jun;32(3):161-5. doi: 10.3109/01676830.2013.772208. Epub 2013 Mar 20.

Alphasphere as a successful ocular implant in primary enucleation and secondary orbital implant exchange.

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Metro Health Hospital, Michigan State University Ophthalmology Residency, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To describe the surgical technique for a novel poly-HEMA (2-hydroxyethyl methacralate)[PHEMA] implant (Alphasphere, Addition Technology, Des Plaines, IL) in primary enucleation and placement of secondary orbital implant.

METHODS:

Retrospective chart review of all patients receiving an Alphasphere implant for primary enucleation or secondary implant exchange from October 2009 to 2011. Interval follow-up was performed again on January 2013. Patient demographics, indications for surgery, and post-operative complications were reviewed.

RESULTS:

Twelve patients received an Alphasphere implant for primary enucleation (n = 10) or secondary exchange (n = 2), with follow-up that ranged from 2 weeks to 14 months. The study included 9 adult and 3 pediatric patients with a mean age of 40 years, range 8-82 years. The indication for enucleation included: painful blind eye (n = 9), enophthalmos with difficult prosthesis fit in cases of secondary implant exchange (n = 2), and prophylaxis for sympathetic ophthalmia (n = 1). Only one patient required removal of the implant, due to a sinus infection with subsequent extrusion of the implant. Otherwise, the only other complication experienced was slight implant migration (n = 1).

CONCLUSION:

This initial report indicates that Alphasphere can be successfully used in the management of an anophthalmic socket. The advantages of the Alphasphere implant include: it does not require tissue wrapping, extraocular muscles can be directly sutured to the implant, it maintains a smooth surface to limit risk of exposure due to conjunctival breakdown, and undergoes anterior orbital fibrovascular ingrowth which optimizes prosthesis location and socket motility.

PMID:
23514047
DOI:
10.3109/01676830.2013.772208
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