Neurotization of the cornea as pathogenically targeted method of treating neurotrophic keratitis in patients with facial paralysis.

Journal: Vestnik Oftalmologii
Treatment Used: Neurotization of Cornea
Number of Patients: 0
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Summary: This article discusses neurotization of the cornea as a treatment for neurotrophic keratitis (cornea inflammation) in patients with facial paralysis.

Conclusion: In patients with facial paralysis, neurotrophic keratitis (cornea inflammation) may be reversed using corneal neurotization.


Combined lesions of the facial and trigeminal cranial nerves are typical after neurosurgical treatment. Violation of the innervation of orbicularis muscle leads to inability to completely close the eyelids, while denervation of the cornea is often manifested as a long-term ongoing and recurring neurotrophic keratitis. The restoration of corneal innervation is a pathogenetically targeted treatment for this pathology. For this purpose, neurotrophic keratitis could be reversed via the method of corneal neurotization using contralateral n. ophthalmicus. The presented clinical case demonstrates the results of the first operation of neurotization of the cornea in a patient with combined lesions of the facial and trigeminal nerves.

Y Grusha, M Novikov, S Danilov, E Fettser, A Karapetyan

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