Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

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Year
: 1983  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 833--835

Trabeculectomy-filtering or non-filtering


BP Kashyap 
 Deptt. of Ophthalmology, Rajendra Medical College, Ranchi, India

Correspondence Address:
B P Kashyap
Deptt. of Ophthalmology, Rajendra Medical College, Ranchi
India




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Trabeculectomy has come into general use as a surgical procedure, since the paper of Cairn's 1968.

Filtering trabeculectomy was being done as a routine in our institution. The paper was pre­sented in the 23rd International Congress of Ophthalmology held at Kyoto, where it was pointed out by Dr. Rao, that even non-filter­ing trabeculecomy was as effective as filtering trabeculectomy. Moreover it was observed that filtering trabeculectomy done in lower in­traocular pressure groups i.e. (22.4-30.00 mm. Hg. Schiotz) led to hypotony. It was therefore thought proper to compare the evaluation of non-filtering trabeculectomy and filtering trabeculectomy in different in­traocular pressure groups.

 MATERIAL AND METHOD



Well established cases of open angle glaucoma were divided into 2 groups - Group -AI -

Non-filtering trabeculectomy was done in pa­tients with intraocular pressure Group -A2 -

Filtering trabeculectomy was done in patients with intraocular pressure >30 mm. Hg. Schiotz i.e. between (22.4 - 30.00 mm. Hg. Schiotz).

Group -BI -

Non-filtering trabeculectomy was done in pa­tients with intraocular pressure >30 mm. Hg. Schiotz.

Group -B2 -

Filtering trabeculectomy was done in patients with intraocular pressure Operative procedure:

Trabeculectomy is done as usual. In cases of filtering trabeculectomy part of the superficial flap in excised at its base.

 OBSERVATION



Intraocular pressure:

The post operative intraocular pressure ranges, achieved at the end of six months fol­low up in depicted in [Table 1]. In 35 out - of 37 cases in which non-filtering trabeculectomy was done the tension was maintained at or below 22.4 mm. Hg. Schiotz. and in all the 42 cases where filtering trabeculectomy was done the tension was maintained within the normal limits.

Post operative bleb:

In 94.60% of cases of n on-filtering trabeculectomy drainage bleb was noted which was thick walled, flat and diffuse.. In 97.57% of cases of filtering trabeculectomy drainage bleb was noted, which was thick wal­led and less diffuse.

Complications:

Shallow anterior chamber was seen in 8% of patients,with filtering trabeculectomy while 20 % on nonfiltering trabeculectomy Patients showed shallow anterior chamber, paticularly in patients with higher intraocular pressure groups ( i.e. >30 mm. Hg. Schiotz).

Hypotomy was observed in 23.07 % of cases of lower intraocular pressure groups ( i.e. bet­ween 22.4 - 30.00 mm. Hg. Schiotz), in which filtering trabeculectomy was done. Hyphaema and iritis were observed in negligible percen­tage of cases i.e. 6 % and 3 % respectively.

Discussion:

From [Table 2] it is evident that bleb has no re­lation with the post operative control of pres­sure except, in Group 131, where it is seen that in 2 cases where bleb was not formed post­operative intraocular pressure did not reach the normal limits. Moreover from [Table 2] it is evident that 20% of cases of B1 developed a shallow anterior chamber. However it could be observed that in [Table 2] group B 1 nonfilter­ing trabeculectomy lower the intraocular pres­sure by 31.76% and in the 2 cases of failure the initial preoperative intraocular pressure was (37.6 mm. Hg Schiotz) and (37.8 mm. Hg. Schiotz) and if we just calculate the reduction of intraocular pressure by 31.76% it comes to 26.6 mm.Hg. Schiotz and 26.7 mm.Hg. Schiotz which is higher than the normal in­traocular pressure. The remaining 3 cases of group B1, where the bleb was present, initial intraocular pressure were (34.5 mm.Hg. Schiotz) (31.76 mm.Hg. Schiotz) and (33.00 mm. Hg. Schiotz) and after deducting 31.76 `Yo of the preoperative tension caused by nonfil­tering trabeculectomy their pressure amounts to (22.4) and 20.4) mm. Hg. Schiotz respec­tively, which falls within the normal limits. This shows that the failure in the 2 cases were due to nonfiltering trabeculectomy performed in higher pressure groups, rather than due to absence of blebs.

Moreover the hypotony observed in 23.07% of cases of group A2 patients with intraocular pressure between (22.4 - 30.00 mm. of Hg Schiotz), could be explained by the fact that 52.42% of fall of pressure following filtering trabeculectomy would lower the post-opera­tive intraocular pressure to very low levels, thus leading to hypotony.

 SUMMARY



In the present study it was observed that the fall of post operative intaocular pressure was 31.76% after nonfiltering trabeculectomy and 52.42% following filtering trabeculectomy. Thus it is concluded that if the intraocular pressure falls within normal limits after reduc­ing 30% from the basal intraocular pressure nonfiltering trabeculectomy is indicated otherwise we go in far a filtering trabeculec­tomy.