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New Technique of Exposed Glaucoma Drainage Tube Repair: Report of a Case

Tamara L Berezina, Robert D Fechtner, Amir Cohen, Eliott E Kim

Keywords : Conjunctiva deficiency, Corneal patch graft, Glaucoma drainage device, Keratoglobus, Wound healing

Citation Information : Berezina TL, Fechtner RD, Cohen A, Kim EE. New Technique of Exposed Glaucoma Drainage Tube Repair: Report of a Case. J Curr Glaucoma Pract 2015; 9 (2):62-64.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10008-1185

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-04-2019

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2015; The Author(s).


We present the case of successful repair of an exposed glaucoma drainage tube by cornea graft fixation with tissue adhesive, and without subsequent coverage by adjacent conjunctiva or donor tissues. Patient with history of keratoglobus with thin cornea and sclera, and phthisical contralateral eye, underwent three unsuccessful corneal grafts followed by Boston type 1 keratoprosthesis in the right eye. Ahmed drainage device with sclera patch graft was implanted to control the intraocular pressure. Two years later the tube eroded through sclera graft and conjunctiva. Repair was performed by covering the tube with a corneal patch graft secured by tissue adhesive after the conjunctiva in this area was dissected away. The cornea graft was left uncovered due to fragility of adjacent conjunctiva. The healing of ocular and graft surfaces was complete prior to the 1 month follow-up. Conjunctival epithelium covered the corneal patch graft. At 12 months follow-up, the graft and the tube remained stable. Our report suggests that corneal patch graft fixation to the sclera by means of tissue adhesive, without closing the conjunctiva, can be considered as an effective alternative surgical approach for managing exposed glaucoma drainage tube, accompanied by adjacent conjunctiva tissue deficiency.

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