Comparison of results and complications following combined ECCE-trabeculectomy versus small-incision-trabeculectomy and posterior chamber lens implantation

Int Ophthalmol. 1996-1997;20(1-3):125-9. doi: 10.1007/BF00212958.

Abstract

Purpose: To compare the efficacy and complication rate of two standard cataract extraction techniques with different incision lengths when combined with trabeculectomy.

Methods: 54 eyes after combined ECCE, posterior chamber lens implantation and trabeculectomy (ECCE-group) are compared with 49 eyes following phacoemulsification, trabeculectomy and implantation of a folded flexible posterior chamber lens (small-incision group). Minimum follow-up was 24 months.

Results: Glaucoma control was achieved in all eyes of both groups. There was a tendency towards a higher number of patients without therapy in the small-incision group (82% versus 65%, p = 0.07). Final mean IOP (14.2 +/- 3.0 mmHg versus 15.5 +/- 2.7 mmHg, p = 0.02) and mean therapy index (0.2 +/- 0.5 versus 0.4 +/- 0.6, p = 0.03) were significantly lower in the small-incision group. Postoperative complications such as severe fibrin effusion (41% versus 18%, p = 0.018), early postoperative IOP rises > 25 mmHg (18% versus 2%, p = 0.009), filtering bleb scarring (63% versus 8%, p < 0.0001) and the total number of complications (87% versus 63%, p = 0.006) were significantly higher in the ECCE-group.

Conclusion: With the decrease of the incision size necessary for the cataract extraction a reduction of postoperative complications and better functional results are achieved in combined cataract/glaucoma surgery.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cataract / complications
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Glaucoma / physiopathology
  • Glaucoma / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Intraocular Pressure
  • Lenses, Intraocular* / adverse effects
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Phacoemulsification* / adverse effects
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Sutures*
  • Trabeculectomy* / adverse effects
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Visual Fields