Deep sclerectomy with mitomycin C in eyes with failed glaucoma surgery and pseudophakia

N. Anand*, D. Wechsler

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    PurposeTo report outcomes of deep sclerectomy (DS) with intraoperative mitomycin C (MMC) application in eyes with previous failed glaucoma surgery (GS) and/or cataract extraction (CE).Patients and methodsSingle-surgeon case series of 82 eyes of 82 patients undergoing DS with MMC. The patients had previous CE with IOL and/or conjunctival GS and treated intraocular pressure (IOP) >18 mm Hg. MMC (0.2 mg/ml) was applied for 2-3 min before scleral flap dissection. Complete success was defined as IOP between 6 and 21 mm Hg or a reduction of 20% from baseline without medications. Reoperation for glaucoma or related complications, or loss of light perception vision was considered as failure.ResultsMean follow-up was 57.7±22.4 months with 78% of patients completing the 3-year follow-up. Mean IOP decreased from 24.0 mm Hg (22.3-25.6, 95% confidence intervals) to 13.4 mm Hg (12.0-14.2) at 3 years after surgery (P<0.001). There was a significant decrease in the number of glaucoma medications from 2.0±1 preoperatively, to 0.3±0.7, 3 years after surgery. Kaplan-Meier cumulative success rates were 85.6% at 1 year, 80.0% at 2 years, and 76% at 3 years. At 3 years, IOP was maintained <19 and 15 mm Hg in 83 and 70% of eyes, respectively. Fourteen eyes (17.1%) had complications. Delayed hypotony (IOP <6 mm Hg) was the commonest complication in five eyes (6.1%).ConclusionDS with MMC appears to be a safe and effective surgical procedure for eyes with previous intraocular surgery.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)70-79
    Number of pages10
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012


    • deep sclerectomy
    • glaucoma drainage implant
    • glaucoma surgery
    • mitomycin C
    • ocular hypotony
    • trabeculectomy


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