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Mini-trabeculectomy in comparison to conventional trabeculectomy in primary open angle glaucoma

Thimmarayan, S.K.; Rao, V.A.; Gupta, A.

European Journal of Ophthalmology 16(5): 674-679


ISSN/ISBN: 1120-6721
PMID: 17061217
DOI: 10.1177/112067210601600503
Accession: 049596022

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To evaluate the safety and efficacy of mini-trabeculectomy in comparison to conventional trabeculectomy in primary open angle glaucoma (POAG). A prospective interventional study of mini-trabeculectomy versus conventional trabeculectomy was undertaken on 60 eyes of 54 medically uncontrolled POAG patients requiring glaucoma surgery. They were divided into two groups: Group I underwent mini-trabeculectomy (30 eyes of 26 patients) and Group II underwent conventional trabeculectomy (30 eyes of 28 patients). All patients were followed up for at least 15 months. Statistical analysis was carried using Student's t test and paired t test for quantitative data and Pearson's chi-square test for qualitative data. The mean intraocular pressures (IOP) at the end of 15 months of follow-up in Groups I and II were 15.80+/-4.3 mmHg and 16.13+/-3.3 mmHg versus mean preoperative IOP of 28.63+/-2.74 and 28.60+/-2.44, p<0.0001, respectively. The difference in IOP control was significant only at 6 months of follow up (13.65+/-3.45 versus 15.98+/-4.05, p=0.041). The complications and failure were comparatively less in Group I. Mini-trabeculectomy is a safe and effective alternative to conventional trabeculectomy in terms of IOP control. A modified tunnel incision employed in mini-trabeculectomy may be responsible for avoiding some of the complications.

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