Aqueous shunts for intractable glaucoma in infants

R.P. Wilson, S.V. Araujo, A. Azuara-Blanco, M.R. Moster, C.M. Schmidt

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Abstract

Purpose. To evaluate the utility of aqueous shunt implants in the treatment of infantile glaucoma refractory to conventional therapy. Methods. We retrospectively studied 10 eyes of 7 infants (mean age 12.4 ± 12.7 months) with uncontrolled glaucoma, who were managed with aqueous shunt implants. Adjunctive antimetabolites were used in 4 eyes. Results. The mean intraocular pressure before surgery was 32.2 ± 5.6 mmHg and the final was 17.7 ± 4.9 mmHg at a mean follow up of 11.5 ± 14.9 months. Two eyes (20%) required further glaucoma surgery. No major complications directly related to the aqueous shunt surgery were observed. Conclusions. Aqueous shunts can be effective in the management of intractable glaucoma in infants.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInvestigative ophthalmology & visual science
Volume37
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 1996

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    Wilson, R. P., Araujo, S. V., Azuara-Blanco, A., Moster, M. R., & Schmidt, C. M. (1996). Aqueous shunts for intractable glaucoma in infants. Investigative ophthalmology & visual science, 37(3).