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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 1993  |  Volume : 41  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 81-82

Releasable suture technique for trabeculectomy


Schell Eye Hospital, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

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Ravi Thomas
Schell Eye Hospital, Vellore 632 001, Tamil Nadu
India
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PMID: 8262608

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We studied the effect of the releasable suture technique on immediate postoperative intraocular pressure (IOP). Nine eyes of nine patients with glaucoma had trabeculectomy with a releasable suture. In the six eyes that did not receive antimitotics, the suture was released by the fifth postoperative day; in the others suture release was delayed up to the fourteenth day. Of the nine patients, one had an acceptable postoperative IOP and did not need suture release; in another the suture broke and could not be released. In the remaining seven patients, the difference between the pre-release and post-release IOP was statistically significant (p < 0.001). The complications of this technique include failed suture release, subconjunctival hematoma and a distinctive "windshield wiper" keratopathy.


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