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Outcomes of Glaucoma Reoperations in the Tube Versus Trabeculectomy (TVT) Study

  • Saheb, Hady
  • Gedde, Steven J.
  • Schiffman, Joyce C.
  • Feuer, William J.1, 2, 3, 4
  • 1 Department of Ophthalmology
  • 2 McGill University
  • 3 Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
  • 4 University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Published Article
American Journal of Ophthalmology
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2014
Accepted Date
Feb 10, 2014
DOI: 10.1016/j.ajo.2014.02.027


PurposeTo describe the incidence and outcomes of reoperations for glaucoma in the Tube Versus Trabeculectomy (TVT) Study. DesignCohort study of patients in a multicenter randomized clinical trial. MethodsThe TVT Study enrolled 212 patients with medically uncontrolled glaucoma who had previous cataract and/or glaucoma surgery. Randomization assigned 107 patients to surgery with a tube shunt (350-mm2 Baerveldt glaucoma implant) and 105 patients to trabeculectomy with mitomycin C (0.4 mg/ml for 4 minutes). Data were analyzed from patients who failed their assigned treatment and had additional glaucoma surgery. Outcome measures included intraocular pressure (IOP), use of glaucoma medications, visual acuity, surgical complications, and failure (IOP > 21 mm Hg or not reduced by 20%, IOP ≤ 5 mm Hg, additional glaucoma surgery, or loss of light perception vision). ResultsAdditional glaucoma surgery was performed in 8 patients in the tube group and 18 patients in the trabeculectomy group in the TVT Study, and the 5-year cumulative reoperation rate was 9% in the tube group and 29% in the trabeculectomy group (p = .025). Follow-up (mean ± SD) after additional glaucoma surgery was 28.0 ± 16.0 months in tube group and 30.5 ± 20.4 months in the trabeculectomy group (p = .76). At 2 years after a glaucoma reoperation, IOP (mean ± SD) was 15.0 ± 5.5 mm Hg in the tube group and 14.4 ± 6.6 mm Hg in the trabeculectomy group (p = .84). The number of glaucoma medications (mean ± SD) after 2 years of follow-up was 1.1 ± 1.3 in the tube group and 1.4 ± 1.4 in the trabeculectomy group (p = .71). The cumulative probability of failure at 1, 2, 3, and 4 years after additional glaucoma surgery was 0%, 43%, 43%, and 43% respectively in the tube group, and 0%, 9%, 20%, and 47% in the trabeculectomy group (p = .28). Reoperations to manage complications were required in 1 (13%) patient in the tube group and 5 (28%) patients in the trabeculectomy group (p = .63). ConclusionsThe rate of reoperation for glaucoma was higher following trabeculectomy with mitomycin C than tube shunt surgery in the TVT Study. Similar surgical outcomes were observed after additional glaucoma surgery, irrespective of initial randomized treatment in the study.

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