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Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2009 Jul;247(7):895-8. doi: 10.1007/s00417-009-1063-0. Epub 2009 Mar 12.

Incidence of endophthalmitis in a large series of 23-gauge and 20-gauge transconjunctival pars plana vitrectomy.

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Ospedale Sacro Cuore, Negrar-Verona, Italy. barbara.parolini@sacrocuore.it

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

To study the incidence of endophthalmitis after 23-gauge pars plana vitrectomy and to compare it with the endophthalmitis rate after 20-gauge pars plana vitrectomy performed in the same ophthalmology department.

METHODS:

The charts of 4,021 consecutive 20-gauge or 23-gauge pars plana vitrectomies performed at a single institution, between August 1 2003 and April 1 2008, were reviewed to search for the occurrence of postoperative endophthalmitis. This is a retrospective, interventional, comparative cohort study.

RESULTS:

Endophthalmitis developed in one of 3,078 eyes after 20-gauge vitrectomy (0.03%) and in none of 943 eyes after 23-gauge vitrectomy.

CONCLUSIONS:

We did not find an increased risk of endophthalmitis after 23-gauge sutureless vitrectomy.

PMID:
19280207
DOI:
10.1007/s00417-009-1063-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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