Orbit: Orbital exenteration with split-thickness skin graft

Mehdi Tavakoli, Benjamin Erickson, Wendy W. Lee

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Exenteration is surgical removal of the orbital contents, including the globe, ocular adnexa, and eyelids. The eyelids may be spared in certain circumstances and used to line the exenteration cavity. It is usually indicated for invasive or devastating orbital neoplasms (primary or secondary from adjacent structures) or the treatment of angioinvasive fungal infections. The exposed orbital walls may be left to heal spontaneously, by granulation tissue or covered with a split-thickness skin graft. Given the radical nature of exenteration with a significantly associated cosmetic penalty, patients must be extensively counseled preoperatively regarding the necessity of the procedure and its potential drawbacks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOperative Dictations in Ophthalmology
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9783319454955
ISBN (Print)9783319454948
StatePublished - Apr 24 2017


  • Cutaneous basal cell carcinoma
  • Exenteration
  • Mucormycosis
  • Orbital infection
  • Orbital malignancy
  • Sinus malignancy
  • Split-thickness skin graft

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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