Abstract #81021 Published in IGR 20-3

Use of trypan blue to assess lymphatic function following trabeculectomy

Khoo YJ; Abdullah AAH; Yu DY; Morgan WH
Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology 2019; 47: 892-897

IMPORTANCE: To illustrate the importance of lymphatic drainage in assessing trabeculectomy bleb function using intracameral trypan blue. BACKGROUND: To study the lymphatic drainage of trabeculectomy blebs using trypan blue, correlate with bleb function and classify them accordingly. DESIGN: Prospective cross-sectional study in a tertiary care centre. PARTICIPANTS: Thirteen glaucoma patients post-trabeculectomy were studied. METHODS: Trypan blue was injected into the anterior chamber. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The duration taken for dye to stain a drainage bleb or lymphatics is recorded. The extent of the lymphatic structures were measured in clock hours. Intraocular pressure (IOP) prior to surgery was recorded. RESULTS: Eight post-trabeculectomy subjects with dye stained lymphatic vessels had lower IOP (12.6 mmHg, P = .013) compared to the five with no lymphatic vessel staining (mean IOP 23.6 mmHg). Lymphatic extent was inversely related to IOP (P = .021). CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE: Eyes with lymphatic connections to drainage blebs had lower IOP and reduced requirement for topical medications. The extent of lymphatic connection to drainage blebs is related to lower IOP.

Lions Eye Institute, University of Western Australia, Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia.

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