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Comparison of suture techniques in pterygium surgery with conjunctival autograft

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First Author: G.Koçak TURKEY

Co Author(s):    H. Ilhan   M. Unal                 

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The aim of this article is to evaluate suture techniques on recurrens and complication ratio in patients who underwent pterygium excision with a conjunctival autograft.


Department Of Ophthalmology, Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey


Patients with primary pterygium were enrolled to study and created two groups. The patients was randomly selected through consecutive surgery. In the first group (n=26), four corners of the graft were sutured into superficial sclera. In the second group (n=28), the graft was sutured into only conjunctival edges. The mean age was 57 ± 11 years. Horizontal sizes of pterygium were 4 ± 0,9 mm.


Forty-eight of 54 eyes showed no recurrence with in 1 year. In six eyes developed recurrence, three eyes were in the first group and three eyes were in the second. Aslight recurrence (about 1 mm) occured in five case. Recurrence was more observed in cases who has pterygium on the other eye (p<0,001). There was no improvement in ocular movement restriction and symblepharon in any patients. There was no difference in surgical outcome and complication ratio in the groups.


Conjunctival autograft transplantation with trans-sclaral or trans-conjuctival suture techniques is a safe and effective method for patients with pterygium with a one-year follow-up. Bilateral cases more recipient for recurrence.

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