Ophthalmic surgical complications in Werner's syndrome: report on 18 eyes of nine patients

Ophthalmic Surg. 1987 Oct;18(10):760-4.


In ten of 18 eyes from nine patients with Werner's syndrome cataract surgery was complicated by wound dehiscence and its consequences: peripheral anterior synechiae (4X), secondary epiretinal gliosis (4X), cystoid macular edema (3X) in the framework of Hruby-Irvine-Gass syndrome, unplanned filtering bleb (2X), and postoperative anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (1X). Additionally, corneal endothelial decompensation occurred in eight eyes. In view of the fibroblasts' reduced growth potential, we suggest small surgical incisions, extracapsular cataract surgery using phacoemulsification, intraocular irrigation solutions protecting corneal endothelium, nonabsorbable single knot sutures not removed before 1 year after surgery, and no local or systemic use of cortisone.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cataract Extraction*
  • Female
  • Gliosis / etiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications*
  • Surgical Wound Dehiscence / etiology
  • Werner Syndrome / complications*