RESEARCH ARTICLE

Subconjunctival Air Leakage After Descemet's Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty(DSAEK) in a Post-Trabeculectomy Eye

The Open Ophthalmology Journal 9 Jan 2008 RESEARCH ARTICLE DOI: 10.2174/1874364100903010001

Abstract

Purpose: To report a case of subconjunctival air leakage from the anterior chamber (AC) into a trabeculectomy bleb after Descemet's stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK).

Methods: An 89 year-old woman with a previous history of primary open angle glaucoma in her left eye and previous trabeculectomy with mitomycin C had DSAEK on the patient’s left eye in order to treat her endothelial disease. During the DSAEK procedure, air was injected into the AC to aid in graft adherence.

Results: The day after the surgery, subconjunctival air leakage from the AC into a trabeculectomy bleb was observed.

Conclusion: Although our patient did not have any complications from this leak, there exists the potential for hypotony, bleb-related infections, and dislocations of the DSAEK graft. Given the potential consequences, these patients should be monitored closely.

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