Combined excision and drainage with intralesional corticosteroid injection in the treatment of chronic chalazia

Arch Ophthalmol. 1988 Apr;106(4):514-6. doi: 10.1001/archopht.1988.01060130560036.


We surgically excised 146 chronic chalazia either with or without intralesional corticosteroid injections. Our results showed an 89% cure rate (79/88) for those chalazia surgically excised compared with a 96.6% cure rate (56/58) for those excised and treated with intralesional steroids as well. Encouraged by these findings, we treated an additional 149 chalazia using the combined technique of excision and steroidal injection for a total cure rate of 97.6% (202/207). Although complications were minimal for both groups, there appeared to be less edema and inflammation in the patients receiving the combined treatment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones / therapeutic use*
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Child
  • Chronic Disease
  • Cysts / drug therapy
  • Cysts / surgery*
  • Drainage*
  • Eyelid Diseases / drug therapy
  • Eyelid Diseases / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Injections
  • Medical Illustration
  • Meibomian Glands
  • Middle Aged


  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones