Scleral fistula closure at the time of glaucoma drainage device tube repositioning a novel technique

Joseph F. Panarelli, Michael R. Banitt, Paul A. Sidoti

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Abstract

Repositioning a glaucoma drainage device tube from the anterior chamber to the ciliary sulcus or pars plana can be a challenging procedure owing to the difficulty in obtaining tight closure of the original limbal fistula. Failure to achieve watertight and airtight closure of the fistula can result in substantial difficulty in completing other key portions of the surgery and may lead to postoperative hypotony and associated complications. A novel technique using a Tutoplast scleral plug, polyglactin sutures, and, in certain cases, fibrin tissue sealant to close a limbal fistula at the time of glaucoma drainage device tube repositioning is described. This technique can be replicated with ease and provides a tight seal so that other concurrent surgical procedures can safely be completed and postoperative hypotony is avoided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1447-1451
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of ophthalmology
Volume130
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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