International Ophthalmology

, Volume 38, Issue 5, pp 1933–1940 | Cite as

Retrospective observation on trabeculectomy of primary congenital glaucoma by applying biological amniotic membranes soaked with 5-fluorouracil

  • Chenming Zhang
  • Jing Wang
  • Hui Gao
  • Xiuqin Wang
  • Min Wu
  • Bailing Guo
  • Chunlei Liu
  • Wei LiuEmail author
Original Paper



To report our experience on treatment of primary congenital glaucoma with trabeculectomy in combination with biological amniotic membranes soaked with 5-fluorouracil.


This is a retrospective study. Thirty primary congenital glaucoma (PCG) patients (41 eyes) were treated with trabeculectomy in combination with biological amniotic membranes soaked with 5-fluorouracil before operation and followed up for 2.75 ± 1.35 years in average ranging from 1.2 to 5.3 years (Group A). In addition, 22 PCG patients (32 eyes) treated with mitomycin C-trabeculectomy were selected as control and followed up for 2.3 ± 1.25 years in average ranging from 1.4 to 5.1 years (Group B).


Patients in Group A were 4.74 ± 2.13 years old. After treatment, their mean intraocular pressure decreased from preoperative 38.8 ± 11.3–17.6 ± 8.2 mmHg at 12 months of postoperation (P = 0.0000). At 12 months of follow-up, the intraocular pressure was less than 13 mmHg in 8 eyes (19.5%), between 17 and 13 mmHg in 15 eyes (36.6%), between 21 and 17 mmHg in 12 eyes (29.3%) and more than 21 mmHg in 6 eyes (14.6%). The overall success rate was 85.4%, and total complication rate was 17.1%. By comparison, the overall success rate and total complication rate were 87.5 and 34.4%, respectively, at 12 months of follow-up for patients in Group B. Although the overall success rate was not significantly different between Groups A and B (P = 0.1203) at the end of follow-up, the total complication rate was significantly decreased in Group A (P = 0.0419).


Application of trabeculectomy in combination with biological amniotic membranes soaked with 5-fluorouracil can be an effective surgical treatment method for primary congenital glaucoma patients.


Primary congenital glaucoma Trabeculectomy Amniotic membrane 5-fluorouracil 



This study was supported by the Jinan City Health Science and Technology Development Plan (2008-13), the Jinan City Clinical Technology Development Plan (201503023) and the Shandong Provincial Science and Technology Department Key Research and Development Project (2015GSF118066).

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chenming Zhang
    • 1
  • Jing Wang
    • 2
  • Hui Gao
    • 2
  • Xiuqin Wang
    • 3
  • Min Wu
    • 4
  • Bailing Guo
    • 5
  • Chunlei Liu
    • 5
  • Wei Liu
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Eye Reseach InstituteJinan Eye HospitalJinanPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Infection Control DepartmentJinan Eye HospitalJinanPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Quality Control OfficeJinan Eye HospitalJinanPeople’s Republic of China
  4. 4.Nursing DepartmentJinan Eye HospitalJinanPeople’s Republic of China
  5. 5.Ophthalmology DepartmentJinan Eye HospitalJinanPeople’s Republic of China

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