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Wright MM, Brown EA, Maxwell K, Cameron JD, Walsh AW. Laser-Cured Fibrinogen Glue to Repair Bleb Leaks in Rabbits. Arch Ophthalmol. 1998;116(2):199–202. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/archopht.116.2.199
To determine whether laser-cured fibrinogen glue can close bleb leaks in rabbits.
Full-thickness filtration surgery with intraoperative mitomycin and a sutured limbus-based conjunctival flap was performed in 1 eye each of 19 New Zealand albino rabbits. On the second postoperative day, a 2- to 3-mm hole was made in the bleb. In 9 rabbits, the hole was glued using fibrinogen glue with indocyanine green dye added. The glue was "cured" with a diode laser. Eyes that had been glued and developed a subsequent leak had the glue reapplied on the day the leak was detected.
The glue remained on the conjunctiva for an average (mean±SD) of 1.9±1.8 days (range, 0-5 days). The last day of bleb leak for the rabbits with glued eyes was 1.6±2.4 days; for the control rabbits, it was 8.0±4.4 days (P=.001, Mann-Whitney U test).
Laser-cured fibrinogen glue is effective in closing bleb leaks in rabbits.
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