Gold weight prosthesis for blepharoplegia

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


PH facial (Bell) palsy with blepharoplegia. For MRI examination.

Patient Data

Age: 70
Gender: Female

Curved metallic prosthesis in the upper lid

Curved metallic artefact projected over the left globe is relatively minor on T2 and more marked on a echoplanar sequence such as DWI.

Case Discussion

These prostheses are designed to weigh down the upper lid and allow closure so as to reduce the risk of corneal ulceration.  Gold is heavy, inert and not ferromagnetic thus of no risk with MRI.  It produces relatively minor MRI artefact compared with other metals.

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Case information

rID: 53913
Published: 13th Jun 2017
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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