Conjunctival epithelium in pars plana vitrectomy specimens

Thomas A Albini, Monica Evans, Rohit R. Lakhanpal, Michael Javaheri, Narsing A. Rao, Lawrence P. Chong

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PURPOSE: To review histopathology of vitrectomy specimens obtained during routine pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) for evidence of inadvertent introduction of conjunctival epithelium into the vitreous cavity during PPV. METHODS: Retrospective review of all vitreous specimens obtained from PPV over a 3-year period during which vitreous samples were routinely submitted from routine and diagnostic PPV. Patient charts and operative reports were reviewed, with particular attention to history of postoperative endophthalmitis, and the use of transconjunctival PPV. RESULTS: A total of 650 specimens were obtained over a 3-year period. Three specimens with conjunctival epithelium were identified. None of these cases resulted in endophthalmitis. Two of these three cases used transconjunctival techniques. In one case all three sclerotomies were made using transconjunctival techniques. CONCLUSIONS: The presence of conjunctiva in the vitreous aspirate from completely transconjunctival PPV indicates that conjunctival epithelium can be inadvertently introduced into the vitreous cavity during PPV. Although none of these cases resulted in endophthalmitis, special care to sterilize the conjunctiva before the creation of transconjunctival sclerotomies is warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-58
Number of pages4
JournalRetina
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Temazepam
Vitrectomy
Epithelium
Endophthalmitis
Conjunctiva

Keywords

  • 25-gauge vitrectomy
  • Conjunctival epithelium
  • Vitrectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems

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Albini, T. A., Evans, M., Lakhanpal, R. R., Javaheri, M., Rao, N. A., & Chong, L. P. (2007). Conjunctival epithelium in pars plana vitrectomy specimens. Retina, 27(1), 55-58. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.iae.0000256662.56617.b2

Conjunctival epithelium in pars plana vitrectomy specimens. / Albini, Thomas A; Evans, Monica; Lakhanpal, Rohit R.; Javaheri, Michael; Rao, Narsing A.; Chong, Lawrence P.

In: Retina, Vol. 27, No. 1, 01.01.2007, p. 55-58.

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Albini, TA, Evans, M, Lakhanpal, RR, Javaheri, M, Rao, NA & Chong, LP 2007, 'Conjunctival epithelium in pars plana vitrectomy specimens', Retina, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 55-58. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.iae.0000256662.56617.b2
Albini TA, Evans M, Lakhanpal RR, Javaheri M, Rao NA, Chong LP. Conjunctival epithelium in pars plana vitrectomy specimens. Retina. 2007 Jan 1;27(1):55-58. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.iae.0000256662.56617.b2
Albini, Thomas A ; Evans, Monica ; Lakhanpal, Rohit R. ; Javaheri, Michael ; Rao, Narsing A. ; Chong, Lawrence P. / Conjunctival epithelium in pars plana vitrectomy specimens. In: Retina. 2007 ; Vol. 27, No. 1. pp. 55-58.
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