Corneal and scleral dellen after an uneventful pterygium surgery and a febrile episode

Massimo Accorinti, Marta Gilardi, Marco Giubilei, Daniele De Geronimo, Ludovico Iannetti

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Introduction: We describe a patient with corneal and scleral dellen, which occurred after an uneventful pterygium excision without adjunctive therapy and a subsequent febrile episode. Case Report: A 43-year-old woman presented with a history of recurrent irritation in her right eye and a diagnosis of pterygium. The pterygium was excised under local anesthesia with the bare scleral technique and without the use of antimetabolites. No complications occurred until 14 days after surgery when corneal and sclera dellen appeared; this was 2 days after a concomitant febrile episode (39°C). Tobramycin and dexamethasone eye drops given after surgery were withdrawn and topical lubricants and antibiotic ointment, in combination with oral L-amino acids, were administered along with eye patching. One week later, the corneal dellen had completely healed and, 4 weeks later, the thinned sclera appeared regularly thick and white in color. Three months after surgery, a small recurrent pterygium was diagnosed, which remained stable without signs of inflammation for additional 18 months. Conclusions: Corneal and scleral dellen might be a late complication of uneventful pterygium surgery without antimetabolites and a subsequent febrile episode.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-115
Number of pages5
JournalCase Reports in Ophthalmology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Corneal dellen
  • Fever
  • Pterygium
  • Scleral dellen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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