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A Single Sclerotomy Vitreous Biopsy Technique in Endophthalmitis

A Single Sclerotomy Vitreous Biopsy Technique in Endophthalmitis Abstract To the Editor. —Vitreous specimens in endophthalmitis can be obtained by aspiration through a needle, vitrectomy biopsy procedure, or full vitrectomy approach. In theory, a vitreous biopsy procedure in which the vitreous is cut may be safer than vitreous aspiration. When performing a vitreous biopsy in endophthalmitis, it is widely believed1 that an infusion line is necessary to prevent the globe from collapsing. However, one can use a single 20-gauge sclerotomy without infusion to rapidly and simply perform a vitrectomy biopsy in this disease. Additional sclerotomy openings are not required. The suction outflow end of the vitrectomy cutter is connected to a "vitreous biopsy tubing adaptor," which consists of 2.5 cm of silicone tubing connected to a female Luer lock as shown in the Figure. The Luer lock is attached to a tuberculin syringe so that suction can be controlled manually. The cutting function is machine controlled.Under the References 1. Forster RK. Endophthalmitis . In: Schwab IR. ed. Duane's Clinical Ophthalmology . Revised ed. Philadelphia, Pa:JB Lippincott; 1989;4:chap24. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Ophthalmology American Medical Association

A Single Sclerotomy Vitreous Biopsy Technique in Endophthalmitis

Archives of Ophthalmology , Volume 109 (4) – Apr 1, 1991

A Single Sclerotomy Vitreous Biopsy Technique in Endophthalmitis

Abstract

Abstract To the Editor. —Vitreous specimens in endophthalmitis can be obtained by aspiration through a needle, vitrectomy biopsy procedure, or full vitrectomy approach. In theory, a vitreous biopsy procedure in which the vitreous is cut may be safer than vitreous aspiration. When performing a vitreous biopsy in endophthalmitis, it is widely believed1 that an infusion line is necessary to prevent the globe from collapsing. However, one can use a single 20-gauge sclerotomy without...
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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1991 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-9950
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1538-3687
DOI
10.1001/archopht.1991.01080040025008
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Abstract

Abstract To the Editor. —Vitreous specimens in endophthalmitis can be obtained by aspiration through a needle, vitrectomy biopsy procedure, or full vitrectomy approach. In theory, a vitreous biopsy procedure in which the vitreous is cut may be safer than vitreous aspiration. When performing a vitreous biopsy in endophthalmitis, it is widely believed1 that an infusion line is necessary to prevent the globe from collapsing. However, one can use a single 20-gauge sclerotomy without infusion to rapidly and simply perform a vitrectomy biopsy in this disease. Additional sclerotomy openings are not required. The suction outflow end of the vitrectomy cutter is connected to a "vitreous biopsy tubing adaptor," which consists of 2.5 cm of silicone tubing connected to a female Luer lock as shown in the Figure. The Luer lock is attached to a tuberculin syringe so that suction can be controlled manually. The cutting function is machine controlled.Under the References 1. Forster RK. Endophthalmitis . In: Schwab IR. ed. Duane's Clinical Ophthalmology . Revised ed. Philadelphia, Pa:JB Lippincott; 1989;4:chap24.

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Archives of OphthalmologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Apr 1, 1991

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