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Outcome of trabeculectomy versus Ahmed glaucoma valve implantation in the surgical management of glaucoma in patients with Sturge–Weber syndrome
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    Comments on Outcome of trabeculectomy versus Ahmed glaucoma valve implantation in the surgical management of glaucoma in patients with Sturge–Weber syndrome
    • Haishuang Lin, Master of Ophthalmology Wenzhou Medical University
    • Other Contributors:
      • Jinxin Li, Master of Ophthalmology
      • Yuanbo Liang, Ophthalmic Surgeon

    We read with interest the article by Sarker et al(1) in which they compared the outcomes of trabeculectomy versus Ahmed glaucoma valve (AGV) implantation in Sturge–Weber syndrome (SWS) patients with secondary glaucoma aged 11-62 years. As it noted in the paper, the authors found that complete success rates after 24 months were 80% and 70% in the AGV and trabeculectomy groups, respectively, and qualified success rates were 90% and 85% at same period in the AGV and trabeculectomy groups, respectively. We were delighted to get the conclusion that both AGV implant and trabeculectomy appeared to be safe and efficacious in controlling glaucoma secondary to SWS.
    As it reported by Mohamed et al., the complete success rate and qualified success rate (intraocular pressure≤17mmHg) of trabeculectomy reported were 80% and 100% at 12 postoperative follow-up month, respectively(2). However, the qualified success rate (90%) of AGV implantation in SWS patients with secondary glaucoma is higher than that reported by Hamush et al. (79%)(3) and Kaushik et al. (76%)(4) at 2 years of follow-up. Meanwhile, the trabeculectomy with MMC success rate in this study was comparable to other studies about primary glaucoma(5, 6), but the success rate of tube shunt surgery was higher than in prior reports. The qualified success rate of Baerveldt implantation for patients who not had undergone previous incisional ocular surgery was 73% in Primary Tube Versus Trabeculectomy (PTVT) study(6) and 75% rep...

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