Ethanolamine oleate sclerotherapy in the management of orbito-palpebral cyst associated with congenital microphthalmos

Am J Ophthalmol. 2005 May;139(5):939-41. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2004.11.030.


Purpose: To report a novel, nonsurgical method of management of orbito-palpebral cyst associated with congenital microphthalmos.

Design: Interventional case series.

Methods: Two patients with orbito-palpebral cyst were included. Case 1 had bilateral orbito-palpebral cyst, whereas case 2 was unilateral. Transcutaneous cyst aspiration in both cases revealed a severely microphthalmic eye with no visual potential. Ethanolamine oleate sclerotherapy was performed immediately after cyst aspiration in both patients.

Results: Complete resolution of the orbito-palpebral cysts was noted within 6 weeks, and the custom prosthesis was well retained.

Conclusions: Ethanolamine oleate sclerotherapy may be an effective minimal intervention treatment option for cosmetic rehabilitation of patients with orbito-palpebral cyst associated with congenital microphthalmos with no visual potential.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cysts / diagnostic imaging
  • Cysts / therapy*
  • Drainage / methods
  • Eyelid Diseases / complications
  • Eyelid Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Eyelid Diseases / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Microphthalmos / complications*
  • Oleic Acids / therapeutic use*
  • Orbital Diseases / complications
  • Orbital Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Orbital Diseases / therapy*
  • Sclerosing Solutions / therapeutic use*
  • Sclerotherapy / methods*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed


  • Oleic Acids
  • Sclerosing Solutions
  • ethanolamine oleate