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Year : 1998  |  Volume : 46  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 41-46

The role of artificial drainage devices in glaucoma surgery

Christian Medical College, Vellore, Chennai, India

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R Thomas
Christian Medical College, Vellore, Chennai
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PMID: 9707847

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The use of artificial drainage devices (ADDs) or "setons" in glaucoma surgery is generally restricted to patients with refractory glaucoma at high risk for failure from conventional filtration surgery. ADDs, both valved and nonvalved are currently available in this country. Recently, some of these devices have been propogated as primary treatment even for primary glaucomas. This article examines the role of ADDs in the modern management of the glaucomas. Specific indications for ADDs and methods to reduce the complication of overfiltration are discussed. The use of antimitotics, such as 5-fluorouracil or mitomycin, with traditional filtration has decreased the indications for ADDs. The literature and our experience confirm that currently there is no role for use of ADDs as a primary procedure in most glaucomas.

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