Tenonplasty Combined With Free Oral Buccal Mucosa Autografts for Repair of Sclerocorneal Melt Caused by Chemical Burns

Cornea. 2015 Oct;34(10):1240-4. doi: 10.1097/ICO.0000000000000576.


Purpose: To describe a surgical technique for repair of an intractable sclerocorneal melt caused by a serious chemical burn.

Methods: This study includes a technique description and review of 3 representative cases.

Results: The combination of tenonplasty with a free oral buccal mucosa autograft was used in 3 patients with sclerocorneal melts caused by chemical burns. Promising results were found in each of them. The area of the sclerocorneal melt healed successfully after surgery, and the integrities of the eyeballs were salvaged.

Conclusions: This technique provides a new method for surgical repair of an intractable sclerocorneal melt caused by a chemical burn.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Autografts
  • Burns, Chemical / etiology
  • Burns, Chemical / surgery*
  • Corneal Diseases / etiology
  • Corneal Diseases / surgery*
  • Eye Burns / chemically induced*
  • Eye Burns / surgery
  • Free Tissue Flaps
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mouth Mucosa / transplantation*
  • Scleral Diseases / etiology
  • Scleral Diseases / surgery*
  • Tenon Capsule / surgery*
  • Wound Healing
  • Young Adult