Mapping of Perfusion During Full-Thickness Blepharotomy Using Laser Speckle Contrast Imaging

Anna H C Wiktorin, Johanna V Berggren, Malin Malmsjö, Sandra Lindstedt, Rafi Sheikh, Elin Bohman

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PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to monitor how the blood perfusion in human upper eyelids is affected during full-thickness blepharotomy.

METHODS: Seven eyelids in 5 patients with upper eyelid retraction due to Graves' disease underwent full-thickness blepharotomy. Perfusion was measured using laser speckle contrast imaging in the eyelid margin and in the conjunctival pedicle.

RESULTS: Immediately following the procedure, a nonsignificant reduction in perfusion was observed in the skin of the pretarsal eyelid margin, being 66% of the initial value (p = n.s.). However, a statistically significant decrease in perfusion, to 53% of the initial value (p < 0.01), was seen in the central pedicle of the conjunctiva. There were no surgical complications such as infection, signs of ischemia, or bleeding.

CONCLUSIONS: In this study, eyelid perfusion was mapped during full-thickness blepharotomy for the first time using laser speckle contrast imaging. The results showed that perfusion is sufficiently preserved during surgery, probably due to the rich vascular supply in the periocular region, which may explain the low risk of postoperative complications such as ischemia and infection.

Sidor (från-till)588-592
TidskriftOphthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Tidigt onlinedatum2022 juni 3
StatusPublished - 2022

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  • Strömningsmekanik och akustik
  • Radiologi och bildbehandling
  • Subatomär fysik


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