Saratov JOURNAL of Medical and Scientific Research

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Drainage surgery for refractory glaucoma combined with micropulse cyclophotocoagulation

Year: 2020, volume 16 Issue: №1 Pages: 273-276
Heading: Ophtalmology Article type: Original article
Authors: Sidorova A.V., Khodzhaev N.S., Eliseeva M.A., Starostina A.V.
Organization: S. Fyodorov Eye Microsurgery Federal State Institution
Summary:

The purpose of the study is to evaluate the possibility of using Micropulse technology in combined treatment of refractory glaucoma, including implantation of an Ex-PRESS micro shunt and one-stage micropulse sectoral cyclophotocoagulation (mCPC). Material and Methods. The study included 25 patients with advanced stages of previously operated primary open-angle glaucoma. IOP before surgery averaged 35.3±4.4 mmHg. Surgical treatment was carried out using combined method, including implantation of an Ex-PRESS micro shunt and one-stage sectoral mCPC. Results. In 2 cases in the early postoperative period, according to the B-scan, a detachment of the choroid was diagnosed, which was treated with medication. The IOP level on the first day after surgery averaged 8.3±1.4 mmHg, after 12 months of observation 19.9±4.1 mmHg, while hypotensive drops were re-appointed in 2 cases. Before surgery all patients underwent ultrasound biomicroscopy with measurement of the ciliary body (CB) thickness, which was an average of 0.69±0.04 mm before surgery. After 12 months of follow-up, no cases of postoperative atrophy of CB were diagnosed, the CB thickness was 0.67±0.03 mm on average. Conclusion. Combined treatment of refractory glaucoma, including implantation of the Ex-PRESS micro shunt and one-stage mCPC, is an effective and safe method for IOP reduction.

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