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Surgery versus epilation for the treatment of minor trichiasis in Ethiopia: a randomised controlled noninferiority trial.

Rajak, SN; Habtamu, E; Weiss, HA; Kello, AB; Gebre, T; Genet, A; Bailey, RL; ... Burton, MJ; + view all (2011) Surgery versus epilation for the treatment of minor trichiasis in Ethiopia: a randomised controlled noninferiority trial. PLoS Medicine , 8 (12) , Article e1001136. 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001136. Green open access

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Abstract

Trachomatous trichiasis can cause corneal damage and visual impairment. WHO recommends surgery for all cases. However, in many regions surgical provision is inadequate and patients frequently decline. Self-epilation is common and was associated with comparable outcomes to surgery in nonrandomised studies for minor trichiasis (<six lashes touching eye). This trial investigated whether epilation is noninferior to surgery for managing minor trichiasis.

Type: Article
Title: Surgery versus epilation for the treatment of minor trichiasis in Ethiopia: a randomised controlled noninferiority trial.
Location: US
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001136
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1001136
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. PMCID: PMC3236738
Keywords: Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Corneal Opacity, Ethiopia, Female, Hair Removal, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Trachoma, Trichiasis, Visual Acuity, 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/1335861
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