Open Access Mini Review Article ID: JCRO-2-108

    Needle Revision with Antimetabolites in Bleb Failure

    Ehab Ghoneim*

    Glaucoma filtering surgery is unusual in that its goal is the creation and maintenance of a non healing fistula between two anatomic spaces that are normally not connected [1].

    Fibroblasts, connective tissue elements, cytokines, aqueous humor and the surrounding vascular supply all influence what happens to a bleb over a long period of time.

    The enemy of drainage procedure is excessive scarring [2].

    Long-term studies showed a loss of intraocular pressure (IOP) control in a significant proportion of eyes with an initially successful trabeculectomy [2,3]. So follow up of glaucoma patients after surgery is mandatory as significant proportion develop bleb failure.

    Revision of guarded filtration procedures was reported as early as 1941 by Ferrer [4]. Needling as currently performed was described by Pederson and Smith [5]. The combination of needling with antimetabolites (mitomycin C and 5FU) greatly improve the outcome of needling and enhance bleb survival.

    Keywords: Antimetabolites; Needling; Mitomycin C; 5-Fluorouracil

    Published on: Dec 12, 2014 Pages: 7-9

    Full Text PDF Full Text HTML DOI: 10.17352/2455-1414.000008
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