alexa Posterior vitreous wick syndrome: a potential cause of endophthalmitis following vitreo-retinal surgery.
Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology

Optometry: Open Access

Author(s): Venkatesh P, Verma L, Tewari H

Abstract Share this page

Abstract Endophthalmitis following pars-plana procedures such as a vitrectomy vitreo-retinal procedures has been infrequently reported in literature. The cited incidence is about 0.1\% to 0.2\%. In the 8 cases of endophthalmitis that have been reported in literature, the prognosis has been indicated as very poor due to a delay in diagnosis (1-3). Also, no possible source of an inoculum of the pathogenic organism reaching the vitreous cavity has been considered in these reports. We have encountered a few cases of endophthalmitis following vitreo-retinal surgeries at our tertiary eye care centre. Here again not being able to identify the possible source of infectious spread, we now report for the first time in literature, a new entity, the 'posterior vitreous wick syndrome'. This potential source of infectious spread, to the best of our knowledge, has not been considered earlier. We describe the patho-mechanism of the 'posterior vitreous wick syndrome' and also suggest methods of reducing its occurrence during vitreo-retinal procedures. This could also be the patho-mechanism of endophthalmitis following inadvertent loss of scleral integrity during extraocular surgeries like retinal detachment surgery and strabismus surgery (4,5).
This article was published in Med Hypotheses and referenced in Optometry: Open Access

Relevant Expert PPTs

Relevant Speaker PPTs

Peer Reviewed Journals
 
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
 
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

 
© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version
adwords