Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology

, Volume 247, Issue 7, pp 895–898

Incidence of endophthalmitis in a large series of 23-gauge and 20-gauge transconjunctival pars plana vitrectomy

  • Barbara Parolini
  • Federica Romanelli
  • Guido Prigione
  • Grazia Pertile
Retinal Disorders

DOI: 10.1007/s00417-009-1063-0

Cite this article as:
Parolini, B., Romanelli, F., Prigione, G. et al. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol (2009) 247: 895. doi:10.1007/s00417-009-1063-0

Abstract

Background

To study the incidence of endophthalmitis after 23-gauge pars plana vitrectomy and to compare it with the endophthalmitis rate after 20-gauge pars plana vitrectomy performed in the same ophthalmology department.

Methods

The charts of 4,021 consecutive 20-gauge or 23-gauge pars plana vitrectomies performed at a single institution, between August 1 2003 and April 1 2008, were reviewed to search for the occurrence of postoperative endophthalmitis. This is a retrospective, interventional, comparative cohort study.

Results

Endophthalmitis developed in one of 3,078 eyes after 20-gauge vitrectomy (0.03%) and in none of 943 eyes after 23-gauge vitrectomy.

Conclusions

We did not find an increased risk of endophthalmitis after 23-gauge sutureless vitrectomy.

Keywords

Sutureless vitrectomySclerotomy sitesEndophthalmitis

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara Parolini
    • 1
  • Federica Romanelli
    • 1
  • Guido Prigione
    • 1
  • Grazia Pertile
    • 1
  1. 1.Ospedale Sacro CuoreNegrar-VeronaItaly