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Retina. 2006 Jul-Aug;26(6):679-83.

Prefilled syringe needles versus standard removable needles for intravitreous injection.

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  • 1Jacobs Retina Center, University of California San Diego, Shiley Eye Center, La Jolla 92037, USA.



To investigate differences in the scleral resistance between standard disposable 27 gauge (G) needle versus the Macugen prefilled syringe needle.


Observational study at one eye center. One injecting physician performed 46 intravitreous injections using standard Becton Dickinson 27 G needles and 71 intravitreous injections using Macugen needles during January to May 2005. The procedure in two patients was videotaped and analyzed frame by frame. Microphotographs of used needles were analyzed.


There were no complications during the injection procedure in either group. Microphotographic analysis after injection revealed 3 and 5 facets on standard 27 G needle and Macugen needles, respectively. The bevel forming the tip of the 27 G needle was steeper and longer than that of the Macugen needle. The inside diameter in the standard 27 G needle was 220 microm versus 210 microm in the Macugen needle.


There are differences in needle design between commonly used disposable 27 G needles and 27 G Macugen needles which result in higher resistance to penetration with Macugen needle. Careful needle design is an important concern in manufacturing prefilled syringes with needles attached to them.

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