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Absorbable versus silk sutures for surgical treatment of trachomatous trichiasis in Ethiopia: a randomised controlled trial.

Rajak, SN; Habtamu, E; Weiss, HA; Kello, AB; Gebre, T; Genet, A; Bailey, RL; ... Burton, MJ; + view all (2011) Absorbable versus silk sutures for surgical treatment of trachomatous trichiasis in Ethiopia: a randomised controlled trial. PLoS Med , 8 (12) , Article e1001137. 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001137. Green open access

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Abstract

Trachoma causes blindness through an anatomical abnormality called trichiasis (lashes touching the eye). Trichiasis can recur after corrective surgery. We tested the hypothesis that using absorbable sutures instead of silk sutures might reduce the risk of recurrent disease among patients with major trichiasis in a randomised trial.

Type: Article
Title: Absorbable versus silk sutures for surgical treatment of trachomatous trichiasis in Ethiopia: a randomised controlled trial.
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001137
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1001137
Language: English
Additional information: © 2011 Rajak et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. This study was funded by grants from the Band Aid Foundation (via Fight For Sight) and The Wellcome Trust (080741/Z/06/Z). All the sutures (silk and polyglactin-910) were donated by the manufacturer, Ethicon, Johnson & Johnson. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. Competing interests: PTK is a member of the Scientific Advisory Boards for Alcon and Bausch & Lomb. All other authors have declared that no competing interests exist.
Keywords: Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Ethiopia, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Polyglactin 910, Recurrence, Silk, Sutures, Trachoma, Trichiasis, Young Adult
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Institute of Ophthalmology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1335860
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