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Allogenic dehydrated human pericardium patch graft (Tutoplast): A novel use for reconstruction in orbital implant exposure



Exposure of orbital implant post enucleation or evisceration remains one of the common complications irrespective of the type of implant used. Dermis fat graft and temporalis fascia have been used to repair the implant exposure in anophthalmic sockets. Tutoplast® pericardium, gamma sterilised dehydrated human pericardium, has been used as a scleral patch graft for glaucoma drainage device exposure and scleral thinning post squint surgery. We report the novel use of Tutoplast® patch graft to repair orbital implant exposure in this case series.


The case notes of three patients who received Tutoplast® pericardium patch graft to repair implant exposure were reviewed. Data regarding presenting symptoms, implant type, time to exposure from primary surgery, post-operative complications and length of follow up post Tutoplast® pericardium patch graft were collected.


Three patients presented with implant exposure following evisceration. The presenting symptoms were recurrent infection, discharging socket and discomfort in all three patients. One patient had a Medpore implant, two had silicone implants. Total follow-up ranged from 9 to 22 months. In all three cases, there was relief from symptoms and the graft had incorporated fully into the surrounding orbital tissue with no recurrent exposure noted during the follow-up period.


Tutoplast® pericardium has demonstrated a good safety profile and is a suitable material to use as a patch graft for orbital implant exposure.

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Article first published online: March 18, 2021
Issue published: January 2022


  1. Orbital surgery
  2. prostheses and implants
  3. eye evisceration
  4. reconstructive surgical procedures
  5. tissue transplantation

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Manuscript received: January 12, 2021
Manuscript accepted: February 26, 2021
Published online: March 18, 2021
Issue published: January 2022
PubMed: 33736492



Hetvi Bhatt
Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, Wolverhampton, UK
Linda Okafor
Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, Wolverhampton, UK
Rina Bhatt
Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, Wolverhampton, UK


Hetvi Bhatt, New Cross Hospital, Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, Wolverhampton Road, Heath Town, Wolverhampton, WV10 0QP, UK. Email: [email protected]

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