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ISRN Ophthalmology
Volume 2012, Article ID 739236, 12 pages
Review Article

Orbital Decompression in Thyroid Eye Disease

1Interdisciplinary Center for Graves' Orbitopathy, Admedico Augenzentrum, Fährweg 10, 4600 Olten, Switzerland
2Department of Ophthalmology, University of Rostock, Doberaner Strasse 140, 18055 Rostock, Germany
3Department of Strabism, Neuro-Ophthalmology and Oculoplastic Surgery, University of Goettingen, Robert-Koch-Straβe 40, 37075 Göttingen, Germany

Received 9 October 2012; Accepted 1 November 2012

Academic Editors: U. U. Inan and M. Nakazawa

Copyright © 2012 N. Fichter et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Though enlargement of the bony orbit by orbital decompression surgery has been known for about a century, surgical techniques vary all around the world mostly depending on the patient's clinical presentation but also on the institutional habits or the surgeon's skills. Ideally every surgical intervention should be tailored to the patient's specific needs. Therefore the aim of this paper is to review outcomes, hints, trends, and perspectives in orbital decompression surgery in thyroid eye disease regarding different surgical techniques.