Surgical approach in a rare case of coloboma-choristoma

Andrea Spano, Elena Piozzi, Maurizio Cavallini, W. Franz Baruffaldi-Preis, Alessia Buscarini, Diego Foschi, Emilio Trabucchi

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Embryogenic eyelid defects can be isolated or associated with malformative diseases, such as Tessier craniofacial clefts. We describe the exceptional coexistence of upper eyelid coloboma and lower eyelid dermolipoma in a 45-day-old infant with a Tessier no. 0-1 cleft. The surgical intervention carried out on this patient, which used a flap of subconjunctival choristoma and grafting of reshaped cutaneous and tarsal portions of a preauricular anlage, is presented as a technique for correcting congenital palpebral coloboma. Adoption of this technique allowed virtually complete repair of the defect and gave an acceptable functional and cosmetic result.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)732-735
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Plastic Surgery
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005


  • Choristoma
  • Coloboma
  • Lid
  • Malformation
  • Reconstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Surgery


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