Purpose The purpose of the study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of gammairradiated sterile cornea (GISC) for covering the tube in aqueous drainage device (ADD) surgery in a retrospective, multicenter case series. Patients and methods Participants included 297 patients (321 procedures) who had undergone ADD surgery for the first time using GISC patch at three clinic centers in the United States between April 2009 and July 2012. The medical records of those consecutive patients were reviewed. Preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative parameters about GISC were collected and analyzed. The main outcome measures were patch graft failure (PGF) and postoperative complications related to GISC. Results Three hundred and nineteen eyes in 295 patients were included in the current analysis. Ten out of the 319 eyes experienced PGF with a mean follow-up of 15.4±9.8 (SD) months. The overall cumulative PGF proportion from Kaplan-Meier analysis was 2.6% (95% CI: 0.6-4.7%) at 18 months. We detected two cases of presumed endophthalmitis related to PGF. Conclusions GISC appears to have a reasonable success rate for preventing tube exposure related to PGF over an 18-month period. This success rate, in combination with other features of GISC (transparency and storage at room temperature), makes it a viable choice for patch graft material during ADD.
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