Orbital development after enucleation in early childhood

Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 1999 Jan;15(1):32-6. doi: 10.1097/00002341-199901000-00008.


Purpose: To identify growth retardation in the orbits of children who have undergone enucleation and orbital implantation.

Methods: Children who underwent unilateral enucleation for retinoblastoma were examined. Any patient who had received external beam radiation or chemotherapy was excluded. Follow-up time was 5.5 to 10 years (mean, 8.33 years). Several linear measurements were made on the enucleated orbit and the fellow orbit. These measurements were compared using the paired Student t test and multivariate analysis of variance.

Results: There was no statistically significant difference in any of the measured orbital dimensions between the enucleated and fellow orbits.

Conclusions: Enucleation in children, when combined with a large orbital implant, does not cause orbital growth retardation.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Eye Enucleation*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Orbit / diagnostic imaging
  • Orbit / growth & development*
  • Orbital Implants
  • Retinal Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Retinoblastoma / surgery*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed