Safety and long-term outcomes of congenital ptosis surgery: A population-based study

Ali Mokhtarzadeh, Elizabeth A. Bradley

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Purpose: To report the long-term outcomes of childhood ptosis surgery in a population-based setting over a 46-year period. Methods: In this population-based cohort study, the medical records of all patients who were residents of Olmsted County, Minnesota, diagnosed as having blepharoptosis and having undergone surgical management prior to 19 years of age (between January 1, 1965, and December 31, 2010), were retrospectively reviewed. Age at time of surgery, type of surgery, duration of follow-up, number and nature of revisions, degree of amblyopia, and postoperative lagophthalmos and dry eye were documented. Results: Forty-seven children meeting inclusion criteria underwent ptosis surgery. The median age at time of first surgery was 5.6 years (range: 1.5 to 17.7 years). Fifteen of 47 (31.9%) patients required a second procedure. Three of 47 (6.4%) patients underwent three procedures. The median time was 1.1 years (range: 0.03 to 7.8 years) between the first and second surgery and 6.0 years (range: 0.3 to 6.1 years) between the second and third procedure. Seven of 47 (14.9%) patients had amblyopia. Nineteen of 47 (40.4%) patients were noted to have lagophthalmos and 3 of 47 (6.4%) presented for symptomatic dry eye postoperatively. Conclusions: In this population-based setting, more than half of the children with ptosis required only a single surgical procedure, although a significant proportion required two procedures. Postoperative lagophthalmos is common, but symptomatic dry eye is rare.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)212-217
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016

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Funding Information:
Supported by Research to Prevent Blindness and CTSA Grant No. UL1 TR000135 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and R01 AG034676 from the National Institute on Aging, both components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of NIH.

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