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SURGICAL TECHNIQUE
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 399-403

Combined Conjunctival Autograft and Overlay Amniotic Membrane Transplantation; a Novel Surgical Treatment for Pterygium


1 Department of Ophthalmology, Khatam-al-Anbia Eye Institute, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
2 Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA

Correspondence Address:
Victor L Perez
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, 900 Northwest, 17th Street, Miami, FL 33136
USA
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DOI: 10.4103/2008-322X.143386

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The authors report the long-term results of combined conjunctival autograft and overlay amniotic membrane transplantation (AMT) for treatment of pterygium as a new surgical technique. Nineteen patients including 12 male and 7 female subjects with pterygium (primary, 14 cases; recurrent, 5 cases) underwent combined conjunctival autograft and overlay AMT and were followed from 10 to 26 months. Mean age was 44.21±12.49 (range, 29.0-73.0) years. In one patient with grade T3 primary pterygium, the lesion recurred (5.2%, recurrence rate). No intra-and postoperative complication developed. This procedure seems a safe and effective surgical technique for pterygium treatment. Protection of the ocular surface during the early postoperative period reduces the friction-induced inflammation and might be helpful to prevent the recurrence.


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