Limbal autograft transplantation for recurrent and advanced pterygia

Ophthalmic Surg Lasers. 1996 Nov;27(11):917-23.


Background and objective: This study was conducted to examine the usefulness of limbal autograft transplantation in the treatment of recurrent and advanced pterygia.

Patients and methods: Eleven patients with recurrent and 16 with advanced pterygia (a total of 27 pterygia) were treated with limbal autograft transplantation. Once a pterygium had been excised, superior limbal tissue was taken with conjunctival flap and transferred to the excised area.

Results: All the grafts were planted promptly, and donor sites were re-epithelialized with no excessive scar tissue formation. Although slight recurrence was noted in 2 eyes (7.4%), subconjunctival tissue invasions were limited to less than 1 mm, and no further surgical interventions were needed.

Conclusion: These results indicate that limbal autograft transplantation may be effective for the treatment of recurrent and advanced pterygia.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Limbus Corneae*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Pterygium / physiopathology
  • Pterygium / surgery*
  • Recurrence
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Tissue Transplantation*
  • Transplantation, Autologous
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Visual Acuity