Valved 25-Gauge Cannula for Vitreous Tap and Injection OPHTHALMIC SURGERY LASERS & IMAGING RETINA Leng, T., Moshfeghi, D. M. 2017; 48 (11): 916–17


To describe a technique that reduces patient discomfort by using a valved 25-gauge trocar for vitreous tap and intravitreal injection of medications in previously vitrectomized eyes with suspected infectious endophthalmitis.A commercially available 25-gauge valved entry system is used to enter the vitreous cavity. A 25-gauge needle attached to a syringe is used to obtain a vitreous specimen for microbiological access and administer intravitreal injections of antibiotics and steroids. No vitreous volume is lost during these procedures because of the cannula's valve. At the completion of the tap and injections, the cannula is removed with forceps and the single wound tamponaded with a cotton-tipped applicator.With this method, a vitreous tap and injection of pharmacologic agents only requires one piercing through the sclera, instead of the usual four piercings.With this new technique, it is possible to enhance patient comfort, decreased pain, and reduce trauma to the conjunctiva. [Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2017;48:916-917.].

View details for DOI 10.3928/23258160-20171030-07

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