Preimplantation Flow Testing of Ahmed Glaucoma Valve and the Early Postoperative Clinical Outcome
Emma Jones, Pouya Alaghband, Jason Cheng, Laura Beltran-Agullo, Kin Sheng Lim
Glaucoma, Aqueous shunt, Methods, Adverse effects, Ahmed implant
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Jones E, Alaghband P, Cheng J, Beltran-Agullo L, Lim KS. Preimplantation Flow Testing of Ahmed Glaucoma Valve and the Early Postoperative Clinical Outcome. J Curr Glaucoma Pract 2013; 7 (1):1-5.
Purpose: The Ahmed glaucoma valve (AGV) implant is designed to prevent early postoperative hypotony. There is evidence of variation in hypotony rates in clinical trials which may be due to surgical technique variation, entry site leakage or valve defects from ‘over priming’. We describe a simple preimplantation gravity driven test to assess valve function after priming that may reduce hypotony rates.
Materials and methods: Retrospective case note review. An in vivo flow test of AGVs, based on the gravity driven test was introduced prior to implantation. The onset and offset of flow through the valve was measured by altering the height of a bottle of balanced saline solution. We rejected the AGV, if there was fluid still flowing at 10 cm (7 mm Hg) or if there was no flow at 17 cm of water (12 mm Hg). The AGV implantation surgery was without mitomycin C, with a 25G needle entry tract, a corneal or scleral patch graft tube cover and without intracameral viscoelastic.
Results: Twenty Ahmed valves were implanted in 16 patients between July 2008 and October 2009. Test failure resulted in four AGV being rejected. The mean preoperative pressure was 29 mm Hg (range, 10-57 mm Hg) and the intraocular pressure (IOP) at 7 days postoperatively was 15 mm Hg (range, 3-52 mm Hg). Hypotony, defined as an IOP of less than 5 mm Hg on two consecutive assessments, was present in two eyes (10%).
Conclusion: In vivo flow testing is an important safety check for the AGV. There are also other mechanisms after implantation that can cause an unexpected high or low IOP.
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