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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 18

Use of amniotic membrane ameliorating postoperative discomfort in pterygium surgery

Department of Ophthalmology, CES University, Medellín, Colombia

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Dr. Luis F Mejia
Cra 25A #1-31, Ofic 914, Medellin
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/pajo.pajo_5_22

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Purpose: To report the results of using human amniotic membrane (AM) as a bandage at the end of pterygium surgery to diminish its uncomfortable postoperative symptoms. Materials and Methods: Observational, descriptive retrospective study in which patients with bilateral primary nasal pterygia were operated on with a conjunctival-limbal autograft with conventional suturing, one eye receiving an AM bandage at the end of surgery and the other not. Results: There were 20 eyes of 10 patients, five men, and five women, with a mean age of 28.7 ± 6.4 years; general postoperative symptoms (pain, burning sensation, and tearing) and foreign body sensation were statistically lower in the AM group at the 4th, 8th, and 12th postoperative day (P < 0.05). Conclusions: AM as a bandage at the end of pterygium surgery reduces the uncomfortable postoperative symptoms typical of such surgery.

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