Scientific Works Series C. Veterinary Medicine

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INTRASCLERAL PROSTHESIS IN KITTEN AS AN OPTION FOR EYEBALL ENUCLEATION

Published in Scientific Works. Series C. Veterinary Medicine, Vol. LXVI, Issue 1
Written by Iuliana IONASCU, Adina ARGASEALA, Seralp UZUN, Gina GIRDAN

Feline herpesvirus is associated with complex ocular disorders: buphthalmia, descemetocele, deep corneal ulcers or penetrating corneal wound, in many cases the enucleation of the eyeball being the unique surgical option. During a period of 2 years (2016-2018), in 11 kittens with the age between 4 weeks and 6 months, intrascleral prosthesis was performed as an alternative to eyeball enucleation. Seven cases needed corneal reconstruction: we performed cornealconjunctival flap in 4 patients and applied Vetshield® collagen contact lens in the other 3 patients, followed by a third eyelid flap in all patients. Periodic ophthalmologic examinations revealed a postoperative evolution without major complications. The silicone prosthesis is well tolerated by the tissue. Patients are receiving longterm local treatment with hyaluronic acid gel. Intrascleral prosthesis is an aesthetic option for keeping the eyeball into the orbit.

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