Trabeculotomy in the Treatment of Pediatric Uveitic Glaucoma

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To evaluate the efficacy and safety of trabeculotomy in the treatment of pediatric uveitic glaucoma (UG).

Materials and Methods:

We retrospectively reviewed all cases that underwent trabeculotomy for pediatric UG at our center between 2008 and 2014. Up to 2 trabeculotomies per eye were performed in patients with medically controlled uveitis. Surgical success was defined as final intraocular pressure <22 mm Hg and ≥6 mm Hg after 1 or 2 trabeculotomies, with or without medications. Kaplan-Meier survival analyses were done.


A total of 33 trabeculotomies were performed in 28 eyes of 22 patients. Diagnoses included UG associated with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (68.2%), idiopathic uveitis (22.7%), and pars planitis (9.1%). The average age at surgery was 9.8±3.7 (5 to 17) years. With a mean follow-up of 33.6±18.3 (10 to 78) months, the overall surgical success was 81.8%. The cumulative survival probability after up to 2 trabeculotomies was 0.86 (95% confidence interval, 0.71-0.93) at 12 months and 0.77 (95% confidence interval, 0.60-0.87) at 24 months. Four (11.5%) eyes required a second trabeculotomy to achieve surgical success and 4 (7.7%) required filtrating procedures. Intraocular pressure improved from 31.4±7.6 (18 to 50) mm Hg preoperatively to 15.0±3.6 (8 to 23) mm Hg at final visits, whereas the number of glaucoma medications decreased from 4.2±1.1 (1 to 5) to 0.4±1.0 (0 to 4). Visual acuity and intraocular inflammation remained stable (P>0.05) and there were no major complications.


Trabeculotomy is a safe and effective surgery for pediatric UG.

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