Recurrent Rate of Pterygium for Pterygium Excision Surgery and Conjunctival Autograft with Preoperative and Postoperative Treatment for Allergic Conjunctivitis in Young Age Group


  • Mongkon Kaninkarunyapad Ophthalmology Department, Muaklek Hospital, Saraburi Province, Thailand


young age, allergic conjunctivitis symptoms, pterygium excision, pterygium excision and autograft, pterygium recurrent rate


Pterygium excision surgery in young age is associated with high rate of recurrent. Ophthalmologists do not recommend pterygium surgical treatment due to postoperative recurrence. On the other hand, patients want surgical treatment due to beauty issues. Controlling the rate of recurrence is, therefore, a good outcome of the pterygium surgical treatment. The objective of this study was to access the one-year recurrent rate of pterygium after excision surgery with conjunctival autograft with preoperative and postoperative control for allergic conjunctivitis symptoms in young age group patients. It was conducted from January 2016 to December 2019. The prospective descriptive study included data from history taking and physical examination among male and female patients in young age group 15-35 years old who presented with primary pterygium and allergic conjunctivitis symptoms. All patients had only primary pterygium. The patients received topical eye drop to control allergic conjunctival reaction before and after the surgery. As for the results, there were 40 eyes in 40 patients with primary pterygium, with age ranged between 17-35 years old (mean age 29.40±4.70 years). Five patients excluded from the study due to follow-up loss. The most common symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis in this study were foreign body sensation (100.00%), burning sensation (82.85%), and itchy eyes (82.85%). The most common complications in this study were chemosis graft swelling (28.57%) and sub-Tenon granuloma formation (14.28%). Only 5.71% of surgical patients recurred pterygium within 1 year. This study showed a low recurrent rate of pterygium after pterygium excision surgery and conjunctival autograft by preoperative and postoperative controlling of allergic conjunctivitis symptoms with topical eye drop in young age group patients.


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Kaninkarunyapad, M. (2024). Recurrent Rate of Pterygium for Pterygium Excision Surgery and Conjunctival Autograft with Preoperative and Postoperative Treatment for Allergic Conjunctivitis in Young Age Group. Journal of Health Science of Thailand, 33(1), 172–180. Retrieved from



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