Cataract extraction in Behcet's disease

Khalid F. Tabbara, Pamela S. Chavis

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Aims/Background: To assess the outcome and complications of cataract extraction in patients with Behcet's disease. Methods: Thirty-six Behcet's disease patients underwent cataract surgery without intraocular lens implantation. Twenty-six patients had phacoemulsification or extracapsular cataract extraction, and ten patients had pars plana lensectomy/vitrectomy. The follow-up period ranged from 24 to 84 months (mean, 38 months). Results: There was no statistically significant difference in the follow-up period of patients who underwent phacoemulsification, extracapsular cataract extraction, or pars plana lensectomy/vitrectomy. Sixteen (62%) of 26 patients who had extracapsular cataract extraction or phacoemulsification had a visual acuity of 20/200 or better compared with none of the 10 patients who had pars plana lensectomy/vitrectomy. Three (30%) of ten eyes which underwent pars plana lensectomy/vitrectomy eventuated in phthisis bulbi while none of the eyes that underwent extracapsular cataract extraction or phacoemulsification developed phthisis bulbi. Conclusion: Extracapsular cataract extraction or phacoemulsification had a better visual outcome and fewer postoperative complications than pars plana lensectomy/vitrectomy in patients with Behcet's disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-32
Number of pages6
JournalOcular Immunology and Inflammation
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Behcet's syndrome/complications
  • Cataract extraction
  • Uveitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Ophthalmology


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