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Nigerian Journal of Ophthalmology

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Correction of Severe Traditional Medication-induced Lower Lid Ectropion: A case report

B.O Emmanuel

Abstract


Introduction: The medical and surgical management of lower lid ectropion induced by the instillation of traditional eye medication in a middle-aged Nigerian woman is described . The patient was blind in both eyes
as a result of severe pan-ophthalmitis and phthisis bulbi; a floppy ectropion in the left eye required autograft correction. The medical and surgical management is described.
Type of study: Case report.                                                                   Setting: The correction of the lower lid tarsal ectropion was carried out at the Rachel Eye Center in Abuja, Nigeria.
Result: After conservative intervention failed, a free preauricular skin graft of the floppy ectropion, led to a stable correction.
Conclusions: Harmful traditional eye medication continues to be a problem in the Nigerian society. More public health education is needed to avoid complications such as the one described in this communication.

Keywords: public health education, harmful traditional eye medication, ectropion surgery




http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/njo.v18i1.61374
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