Repair of marginal eyelid defects with 7-0 chromic sutures

Philip L. Custer, Valerie Vick

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PURPOSE: To report our experience using interrupted 7-0 chromic sutures to close marginal eyelid defects. METHODS: A retrospective case series of patients undergoing upper or lower eyelid repair with two 7-0 chromic marginal sutures. RESULTS: Nine upper and 22 lower eyelid defects were closed with the described technique. Elective removal was performed 9 to 27 days after surgery in 5 patients in whom the sutures either were no longer needed or had not spontaneously absorbed. There were no cases of suture-related corneal abrasion. Minimal notching was observed in 2 eyelids after surgery. CONCLUSIONS: Closure of marginal eyelid defects with 7-0 chromic sutures simplified postoperative care. There are few complications associated with this procedure, which overall provided excellent wound healing and cosmesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-258
Number of pages3
JournalOphthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2006


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