Cryosurgery for trichiasis

J. R.O. Collin, D. J. Coster, J. H. Sullivan

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A series of 41 cases of trichiasis was treated with cryosurgery using a standard retinal cryoprobe. The failure rate was approximately 50 per cent. The results should be improved by using properly designed equipment capable of cooling the lash follicles to -20°C, and ensuring that this temperature is achieved by using a tissue thermocouple. A double freeze-thaw cycle should be used and a long-acting local anaesthetic containing adrenaline. The main complication is depigmentation which is a problem only with heavily pigmented patients. Cryosurgery does have potential for the treatment of trichiasis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-83
Number of pages3
JournalTransactions of the Ophthalmological Societies of the United Kingdom
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1978
Externally publishedYes


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