Management Patterns and Visual Outcomes of Endophthalmitis After Glaucoma Drainage Device Placement: A Case Series.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

PURPOSE: To describe clinical presentation, management, and outcomes of eyes with endophthalmitis related to glaucoma drainage device (GDD) placement. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Retrospective chart review of patients diagnosed with GDD-related endophthalmitis at Duke Eye Center from 2009 to 2018. RESULTS: Six eyes of 6 patients had endophthalmitis related to a GDD (2 Ahmed, 4 Baerveldt). The mean time from surgery to presentation was 22.7 months. Five of 6 cases (83%) had culture-proven infectious endophthalmitis. Eyes undergoing GDD explantation (n=2) had better visual acuity at 6 months compared with those without hardware removal (20/11,314 vs. 20/358). Visual acuity at 6 months was hand motion (20/8000) or worse in 3 of 6 cases (50%). CONCLUSIONS: GDD-related endophthalmitis often leads to poor visual outcomes. Hardware removal may lead to improved visual outcomes; a multicenter prospective study assessing the benefit of hardware removal may be warranted.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Robbins, CB; Feng, HL; Fekrat, S

Published Date

  • January 1, 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 30 / 1

Start / End Page

  • e5 - e7

PubMed ID

  • 32969919

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1536-481X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/IJG.0000000000001679


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States