Scientific article

A novel technique of ab interno glaucoma surgery : follow-up results after 24 months

Published inGraefe's archive for clinical and experimental ophthalmology, vol. 244, no. 1, p. 22-27
Publication date2005-07-19
First online date2005-07-19

Purpose: It was the aim of this study to investigate the efficacy, longevity, and safety of a new ab interno intervention for the treatment of primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG). Methods: The previously described method of radiofrequencymediated “sclerothalamotomy ab interno” was applied in 53 eyes of consecutive patients with POAG between April 2002 and July 2002. Average preoperative intraocular pressure (IOP) was 25.6±2.3 mmHg (range 18–48 mmHg). Sclerothalamotomies were carried out with a custom-made high-frequency dissection 19 G probe (tip 0.3×1 mm) applying bipolar current with a frequency of 500 kHz (tip temperature 130°C). Results: After a follow-up period of 24 months, the average IOP was 15.0±1.6 mmHg (range 11–20 mmHg) (p<0.005). The average number of topical agents was 2.6±1.0 (range 1–5) preoperatively. Twenty-four months after surgery such agents were used in only five (9.6%) eyes and the average was 0.21±0.53 (range 0–2). Transient IOP elevation was observed in 12 of 53 eyes (22.6%) postoperatively. In all cases elevated IOP could efficiently be controlled with topical medication. In general, IOP dropped continuously over the course of the 6 months following surgery and then remained constant. Conclusions: This study indicates that sclerothalamotomy ab interno is a safe and efficient surgical method for the treatment of POAG. Long-term results clearly demonstrate the longevity of IOP reduction.

  • Novel technique
  • Glaucoma surgery
  • Long-term follow-up
Affiliation Not a UNIGE publication
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PAJIC, Bojan et al. A novel technique of ab interno glaucoma surgery : follow-up results after 24 months. In: Graefe’s archive for clinical and experimental ophthalmology, 2005, vol. 244, n° 1, p. 22–27. doi: 10.1007/s00417-005-0041-4
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