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Autogenous temporalis fascia patch graft for porous polyethylene (Medpor) sphere orbital implant exposure
  1. M S Sagoo,
  2. J M Olver
  1. Oculoplastic and Orbital Service, Ophthalmology Department, Charing Cross Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to: Ms J M Olver Ophthalmology Department, Charing Cross Hospital, Fulham Palace Road, London W6 8RF, UK;


Background: Temporalis fascia has been recommended for hydroxyapatite sphere exposure. The aim of this study was to identify potential risk factors for exposure of porous polyethylene (Medpor) sphere implants and evaluate the use of autogenous temporalis fascia as a patch graft for exposure.

Methods: A retrospective review of consecutive cases of porous polyethylene sphere orbital implant exposure.

Results: Five cases presented between May 2000 and October 2001 (three males, two females; mean age 44.5 years). Three had enucleation (two with primary implants) and two had evisceration (one with primary implant). Exposure occurred in one primary, two secondary, and two replacement implants. Orbital implant diameter was 20 mm in four cases and 16 mm in one case (contracted socket). The mean time from implantation to exposure was 23 months (range 0.7–42.6). Three patients had secondary motility peg placement before exposure. The average time from last procedure (sphere implant or peg insertion) to exposure was 3 months (range 0.7–12.6). Four patients required surgical intervention, of which three needed more than one procedure. Autogenous temporalis fascia grafting successfully closed the defect without re-exposure in three of these four patients. The grafts were left bare in three patients, with a mean time to conjunctivalise of 2.4 months (range 1.6–3.2).

Conclusions: Exposed porous polyethylene sphere implants were treated successfully with autogenous temporalis fascia graft in three of four patients. This technique is useful, the graft easy to harvest, and did not lead to prolonged socket inflammation, infection, or extrusion.

  • porous polyethylene sphere implants
  • exposure
  • temporalis fascia patch graft

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  • This paper was presented at the European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Munster, Germany, September 2002.