ARVO: Conformers Can Stimulate Socket Expansion in MICA

Share this content:
ARVO: Conformers Can Stimulate Socket Expansion in MICA
ARVO: Conformers Can Stimulate Socket Expansion in MICA

FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A series of conformers can be used to stimulate socket expansion for children with severe microphthalmia/anophthalmia (MICA), according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, held from May 7 to 11 in Baltimore.

Maayke M. Kuijten, Ph.D., from the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, and colleagues treated four infants with a series of conformers. The subjects had a MICA diagnosis, and their left orbits were analyzed. A series of conformers of increasing size were made of NextDent Ortho Rigid using a stereo-lithography printer, after magnetic resonance imaging. After placement of the first conformer by the ocularist, the parents were given a set of conformers of increasing size.

The researchers found that over time during treatment, socket volumes of the treated eyes increased on average by 205 percent (up to 376 percent with longer follow-up). Eye cavity volumes were on average 35 percent of reference eye volumes corrected for age after treatment with conformers, whereas no treatment would have resulted in 7.6 percent. At the start of treatment, the average horizontal palpebral fissure length (HPF) was 50.9 percent of the reference value in the fifth percentile, while the last average measured HPF was 74.6 percent of the reference value.

"Our study showed that our three dimensional-printed conformers are well tolerated and noninvasively stimulate socket expansion and palpebral fissure growth," the authors write.

Pree Release
More Information

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


More in Home

Out-of-Pocket Expenditures Down With ACA Implementation

Out-of-Pocket Expenditures Down With ACA Implementation

Reduced out-of-pocket costs seen especially for lower-income groups; mean premium costs up overall

Gynecologic Complications Up With Hysteroscopic Sterilization

Gynecologic Complications Up With Hysteroscopic Sterilization

But lower risk of surgical and medical complications versus laparoscopic sterilization

Prevalence of Cigarette Smoking 15.5 Percent in 2016

Prevalence of Cigarette Smoking 15.5 Percent in 2016

Increase in percentage of ever smokers who quit during 2005 to 2016, from 50.8 to 59 percent

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »