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Year : 1983  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 661

New era in the surgical management of (Nasal) pterygium

Mohan Eye Hospital, DISA, India

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K K Asnani
Mohan Eye Hospital, DISA- 385535
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Asnani K K. New era in the surgical management of (Nasal) pterygium. Indian J Ophthalmol 1983;31:661

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Asnani K K. New era in the surgical management of (Nasal) pterygium. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 1983 [cited 2021 Mar 6];31:661. Available from: https://www.ijo.in/text.asp?1983/31/5/661/36624

There are many methods described for the surgical treatment of pterygium. However, none of the operations have been free from recurrence.

A new technique which is simple, economical with least recurrences is being described.

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This presentation comprises follow up study of 41 cases of nasal Pterygium performed by the technique described below.

Steps of my operations:­

1. Local anaesthesia;

2. Complete separation of Pterygium

3. Separation and removal of the fiasy mass of Pterygium under the conjunctiva.

4. A horizontal strip `B' 4 mm x 1 mm is dissected from the central part of the pterygium and preserved in normal saline.

5. Remaining parts of the Pterygium `A' & `C' are cut & thrown.

6. A vertical strip of 4 mm x 1 mm of episcleral tissue with superficial lamellae of sclera is dissected out 3 mm from the limbus. Resulting gap is shown as `D' in the diagram. This is to cut away the feeding blood vessels of the Pterygium.

7. Strip `B' of the Pterygium which was preserved in the saline is now transplanted as free graft near medial canthus just medial to the gap `D'. 5 stitches with 8/0 virgin silk taken to flx the graft. Thus graft `B' which was horizontal originally is now vertical in new set up and-it becomes fibrous band in due course and prevents further recurrence of Pterygium.

Dressing:-8 Days First day with Neosporin, Gentamycin and Atropine Drops. Next 3 days with Neosporin and Gentamycin Drops. Last 4 days Genamycin drops & Chlorocort Ointment. Stitches to be removed on 8th day. Longest follow up is nearly one year now.

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In this study of 41 cases, 57% were females and 43% were males. Maximum incidence of pterygium was in the age group of 20-30 yrs. Youngest patient was of 20 yrs. & oldest patient was of 55 years. Maximum follow up is about 1 year, and pterygium recurred in 2 cases


It is a simple and effective technique in checking the recurrence. Its effectivity is due to:­

a) The feeding blood vessels of the pterygium are cut with episcleral dissection.

b) Originally horizontally situated Ptery­gium tissue is transplanted vertically which forms fibrous band between growing tissue and the cornea so future growth is strangulated.


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