Change in Hertel Exophthalmometry and Quality of Life After Balanced Decompression to Treat Thyroid Eye Disease


About this study

The purpose of this study is to analyze and report orbital decompression outcomes in patients with a thyroid eye disease diagnosis.

The objective is to show that balanced orbital decompression will reduce preoperative Hertel’s measurement when compared to measurements done intraoperatively and remain stable at three-month follow-up. Additionally, to see increased patient satisfaction and quality of life regarding cosmesis when comparing pre and postoperative satisfaction surveys.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients ≥ 18 years of age.
  • Diagnosis of thyroid eye disease; undergoing balanced decompression surgery at Mayo Clinic Rochester. 

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pediatric patients; i.e., those < than age 18.
  • Pregnant women, and those with thyroid eye disease + optic neuropathy.
  • Patients unable to understand the study consent form.
  • Patients who do not plan on following up in the ENT department at Mayo Clinic for their TED.

Eligibility last updated 9/14/22. Questions regarding updates should be directed to the study team contact.

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Janalee Stokken, M.D.

Open for enrollment

Contact information:

Amy Tuchscherer C.C.R.C.

(507) 538-6582

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