Results of sutureless wound construction in children undergoing cataract extraction

Surendra Basti*, Murali Krishnamachary, Satish Gupta

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A prospective study was performed to evaluate the efficacy of self- sealing (sutureless) wound construction for cataract surgery in children. Self-sealing wounds were constructed during cataract surgery in 25 eyes of 24 children between 7 and 16 years of age. Absence of wound leak at the conclusion of surgery was taken as indicating a secure wound. Watertight wounds were achieved in 19 eyes, 11 of those in children older than 11. Six eyes demonstrated wound leak, and sutures had to be applied to achieve a secure wound. All wound leaks occurred in children younger than 11. Patients younger than 11 who underwent primary posterior capsulotomy and anterior vitrectomy had a significantly higher incidence of wound leak after sutureless cataract surgery (P<.001). We conclude that the self-sealing wound probably should not be used for cataract surgery in children younger than 11.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-54
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Ophthalmology

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