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Year : 1983  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 773-776

A modification in trabeculectomy

Rotary Eye Institute, Navsari, Gujarat, India

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A KJ Dubey
Rotary Eye Institute, Navsari, Gujarat
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Dubey A K, Shroff A P, Billore O P. A modification in trabeculectomy. Indian J Ophthalmol 1983;31:773-6

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On a thorough gonioscopic & slit lamp examination of failed cases of trabecutectomy, we found the-iridectomy and trabeculectomy openings to be patent and yet the IOP was high, and there was no sub-conjunctival filtra­tion blab. At the same time many cases wiht­out a bleb showed a controlled IOP showing a possible filtration through the cut ends of schlemmn's canal. In the 1st group of cases, we thought the cause of failure was either a firm sub-conjunctival adhesion or firm healing of partial thickness scleral flap to its bed or both. On testing the mobility of conjunctiva over the site of surgery, we found in majority of cases, it was the scleral flap which was at FAULT. We tried a modification in our technique as below.

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60 eyes having primary glaucoma (both nar­row and open angle) were subjected to this modified technique, average age of patients was 50 years. Cases were followed up to 9 months.

Standard trabeculectomy as described by Cairns was done. Having raised a conjunctival flap and dissected a partial thickness flap of sclera (4 x 6 mm) towards the limbus, we pre­placed two 70' silk suture at the two ends of the rectangular scleral flap and drew them into loop. Two holes, either with a Nettleship's punctum dilator or with a number 18 needle were made, a little anterior to the sutures in each of the fornical ends of ther scleral flap.

An inner window of 1.5 + mm of deep cor­neosclaral tissue was cut and an iridectomy was performed. Scleral flap was stroked back into the position and edges rather properly secured with 4-5 sutures. Conjunctiva was sewn. No air or saline being injected into AC.

The idea was to effect a tight pontential space under scleral flap, with two holdes open­ing into the subcojunctival space at its fornical ends, so as to induce capillarity along the track of holes and thus to maintain a constant flow of aqueous in the potential space, under sclaral flap i.e. to keep a fluid level or fluid membrane in this space, which would prevent any firm he­aling of flap to its bed. Further sub-conjuncti­val adhesions will also be checked due to a constant trickling of aqueous in sub-conjurcti­val space thro' the two holes. Any overfiltra­tion will be checked as the adges of the flap are securely tied & also because the entire flow takes place along the capillary force, which is not much.

Technique in depected in fig. (1).

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60 eyes were studied. Tension was found to be controlled in all cases. No extraordinary complications were noted. The blebs, besides being thick' walled & well protected almost in all cases were 4-5 mm away from visible limbus & spread over a large area. In some cases blebs were found to be arc shaped, evenly distri­buted, with concavity towards the limbus.

Table below depicts the results, complica­tions etc.

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From the observations above it is evident that all cases worked well with following addi­tional advantages.

(1) In almost all cases blebs were, seen in im­mediate post operative period, ruling out the requirement of digital massage & proving that the force of capillarity really worked.

(2) No flat AC and/or no over filtration or marked hypotony resulted while the IOP re­mained controlled in immediate post opera­tive period, showing that holes permitted an adequate, limited, regularised & constant flow of aqueous. (Not an excessive flow).

(3) Control of tension over a period of 9 months indicates that secure apposition of par­tial thickness scleral flap is immaterial, as long as the sub-scleral space can be kept open.

(4) Blebs were thick walled, 4-5 mm away , from the limbus & spread over a large area, because at the site of holes where main filtra­tion took place, Tennon's capsule is thicker than areas anterior to it. Lid pressure is, also more over this area, resulting into a constant massage of the bleb & making it diffuse.

(5) No dissecting blebs were noted noted & no blebs were in close proximity of the limbus thus making both a subsequent cataract surgery or a contact lens wear much easier. In fact a low limbal based flap could be raised, clear off the bleb for subsequent cataract surgery. (6) To our mind the entirre filtration worked along a three step pressrure system. Fluid .sub from AC passed into sub scleral space along a negative force caused by right apposition of edges & capillarity induced by making holes. Fluid from this space trickled into sub-conjunctival space because of a hydrrostatic pres­sure built in the sub scleral space (which can be built in just by a small amount of fluid as the space is potential), the fluid in sub-conjuncti­val space resulted into a posterior bleb which was naturally massaged by the upper lid; spreading it over a large area thus reducing the total hydrostatic pressure here & inviting more fluid from the potential sub-sceleral space in turn & thus continues the cycle.

In nutshell it can be said that the random flow of aqueous was regularized & well di­rected.

  Summary Top

A modification in Trabeculectomy by mak­ing two holes in the scleral flap was tried in 60 cases. All cases did well. Some additional ad­vantages were noted, `FILTRATION SYS­TEM' was regularized.


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