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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Pterygium Excision with Conjunctival Autograft

Contributor: Matt Ward, MD

Pterygium surgery with conjunctival autograft remains the gold standard for reducing recurrence after its initial description in 1985 (Kenyon KR, Wagoner MD Hettinger ME. Conjunctival autograft transplantation for advanced and recurrent pterygium. Ophthalmology1985; 92, 1461-1470). Recurrence rates are consistently reported in the 5-10% range. The technique demonstrated in this video makes use of Tisseel fibrin glue to anchor the graft in the bed.

last updated: 2/5/2013
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