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SOCKET RECONSTRUCTION:  A NEW FORM AND METHOD OF HANDLING THE SKIN GRAFT

WENDELL L. HUGHES, M.D.
Arch Ophthalmol. 1941;26(6):965-968. doi:10.1001/archopht.1941.00870180043002.
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Some of the most distressing cases cosmetically are those in which a socket is so deformed that an artificial eye cannot be worn (fig. 1). Little of importance has been added to the technic of socket reconstruction since the publication of papers by J. F. S. Esser1 and John M. Wheeler.2 The purpose of this paper is to present some newer points in the technic which have proved satisfactory. For a discussion of the general technic of preparation of the socket the reader is referred to the article by John M. Wheeler published in 1921.2b The preparation of the bed and the taking of the graft are fully described.

The new developments are (1) the form around which the Thiersch graft is wrapped and (2) the method of handling the graft.

The new form is concavoconvex (fig. 2) instead of biconvex, like that described by the two

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