Cyclodestructive procedures for refractory glaucoma

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Cyclodestructive procedures are often used in patients with refractory glaucoma who have failed to achieve lower intraocular pressure (IOP) from filtration procedures and maximal medical therapy.Destruction of the ciliary body helps to lower IOP by reducing aqueous humor formation. Of themany types of cyclodestructive procedures, laser cyclophotocoagulation (CPC) has become themost common surgical method for reducing aqueous inflow. Options for CPC are wide-ranging: they can be performed using a neodymium:yttriumaluminum- garnet (Nd:YAG) or diode laser and laser energy can be delivered by either the contact or non-contact method. Another cyclodestructive procedure is endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation (ECP), which the ophthalmologist can use selectively to target the ciliary epitheliumand ablate ciliary body tissue. There is debate regarding which cyclodestructive method is best and how they compare to other glaucoma surgeries. Objectives To assess the relative effectiveness and safety of cyclodestructive procedures compared with other procedures in people with refractory glaucoma of any type and to assess the relative effectiveness and safety of individual cyclodestructive procedures compared with each other. Search methods We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (which contains the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Trials Register) (2018, Issue 9); OvidMEDLINE;; PubMed; LILACS BIREME; and theWHO ICTRP. The date of the search was 21 September 2018. Selection criteria We included randomized controlled trials or quasi-randomized trials in which participants underwent a secondary procedure for refractory glaucoma. We included trials with any laser type, route of administration, and laser settings. The primary comparison was any cyclodestructive procedure versus another glaucoma treatment, and the secondary comparisons were individual cyclodestructive procedures versus another cyclodestructive procedure. Data collection and analysis Two review authors independently reviewed the titles and abstracts fromthe database searches, and after retrieving the full-text reports of those that were potentially relevant, classified the full-text articles as included or excluded. Two review authors independently extracted data from the included studies and assessed the risk of bias. Discrepancies were resolved by discussion or by consultation with a third review author when necessary.




Chen, M. F., Kim, C. H., & Coleman, A. L. (2019, March 10). Cyclodestructive procedures for refractory glaucoma. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. John Wiley and Sons Ltd.

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