Endophthalmitis after pars plana vitrectomy: a New Zealand experience

Retina. Jul-Aug 2005;25(5):587-9. doi: 10.1097/00006982-200507000-00008.


Purpose: To describe the clinical course and estimate the incidence of endophthalmitis after pars plana vitrectomy in New Zealand.

Methods: A retrospective analysis was performed on all cases of culture-positive endophthalmitis after vitreoretinal surgery over a 10-year period.

Results: Five cases of culture-positive endophthalmitis were identified between 1993 and 2002. During this interval, 10,397 vitrectomies were performed, equating to an overall incidence of 0.048%. All patients presented within 7 days of surgery.

Conclusions: Endophthalmitis after pars plana vitrectomy is uncommon but is associated with a poor functional outcome.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Endophthalmitis / epidemiology*
  • Endophthalmitis / etiology*
  • Endophthalmitis / microbiology
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • New Zealand / epidemiology
  • Postoperative Complications*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Visual Acuity
  • Vitrectomy / adverse effects*