|Year : 2012 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 163-165
Neodymium: Yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser anterior hyaloidotomy to treat trapped triamcinolone acetonide behind the crystalline lens after intravitreal injection
Francisco J Ascaso1, Erika Ruiz de Gopegui2, Josť M Cascante2
1 Department of Ophthalmology, ''Lozano Blesa'' University Clinic Hospital, and Aragon Health Sciences Institute, Zaragoza, Spain
2 Department of Ophthalmology, ''Lozano Blesa'' University Clinic Hospital, Zaragoza, Spain
|Date of Web Publication||20-Jan-2012|
Francisco J Ascaso
Department of Ophthalmology, ''Lozano Blesa'' University Clinic Hospital, San Juan Bosco 15, ES-50009 Zaragoza
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
| Abstract|| |
A 65-year-old male underwent intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide (IVTA) injection for treating a clinically significant macular edema (CSME) due to background diabetic retinopathy in his left eye. On the first postoperative day, visual acuity dropped from 20/80 to hand movements. Slit-lamp examination showed the drug between the posterior capsule of the lens and the anterior hyaloid face. Two weeks later, visual acuity and the milky fluid seemed unchanged. Neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser anterior hyaloidotomy was performed. One week later, slit-lamp examination of the retrolental space revealed the complete disappearance of triamcinolone and intraocular pressure remained stable. After a follow-up period of 2 months, visual acuity increased to 20/50 with the lens remaining clear. Nd:YAG laser anterior hyaloidotomy is an effective, simple, useful and minimally invasive outpatient procedure in patients with persistent entrapment of triamcinolone behind the crystalline lens, allowing the drug to clear without trauma to the lens.
Keywords: Adverse Effects Intravitreal Injections, Anterior Hyaloidotomy, Diabetic Macular Edema, Neodymium:Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet Laser, Triamcinolone
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Ascaso FJ, de Gopegui ER, Cascante JM. Neodymium: Yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser anterior hyaloidotomy to treat trapped triamcinolone acetonide behind the crystalline lens after intravitreal injection. Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol 2012;19:163-5
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Ascaso FJ, de Gopegui ER, Cascante JM. Neodymium: Yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser anterior hyaloidotomy to treat trapped triamcinolone acetonide behind the crystalline lens after intravitreal injection. Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2012 [cited 2020 Feb 24];19:163-5. Available from: http://www.meajo.org/text.asp?2012/19/1/163/92135
| Introduction|| |
Despite the lack of randomized, controlled trials proving its long-term safety and efficacy, intravitreal corticosteroid injections have emerged in the past decade as an increasingly used treatment for patients with macular edema secondary to diabetes mellitus, retinal vein occlusion, exudative macular degeneration, chronic uveitis and pseudophakic cystoid macular edema. 
Potential complications of intravitreal corticosteroid treatment are divided into steroid-related and injection-related adverse effects. Steroid-related side effects most commonly include cataract formation and an elevation in intraocular pressure (IOP). Injection-related side effects include retinal tear, choroidal and retinal detachment, vitreous hemorrhage, bacterial endophthalmitis, non-infectious endophthalmitis, pseudo-endophthalmitis, and activation of latent infections (such as acute syphilitic posterior placoid chorioretinitis or cytomegalovirus retinitis). ,,,,,,,,,
We describe a rare case of triamcinolone acetonide entrapment in the Berger's space between the posterior lens capsule and the anterior hyaloid face after intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide (IVTA) injection. The patient underwent neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser anterior hyaloidotomy, allowing the trapped fluid to flow into the vitreous cavity.
| Case Report|| |
A 65-year-old male with a 15-year history of type 2 diabetes mellitus presented with a complaint of blurred vision in the left eye over a 2-month period. Best corrected visual acuity was 20/30 and 20/80 in the right and left eyes, respectively. Fundus examination showed a bilateral moderate non-proliferative background diabetic retinopathy and a clinically significant macular edema (CSME) in the left eye. Fluorescein angiography revealed diffuse diabetic macular edema in the left eye. Time-domain optical coherence tomography (Stratus OCT3, Carl Zeiss Meditec Inc., Dublin, CA, USA) showed a diffuse thickening in the macula with a foveal thickness of 630 μm. There was no evidence of significant vitreomacular traction. IOP was 16 mmHg in both eyes.
Under topical anesthesia, the left eye underwent injection into the vitreous cavity of 0.1 ml (4.0 mg) of a commercially available suspension of triamcinolone acetonide (Trigon Depot; 40 mg/ml, Bristol-Myers Squibb SL, New York, NY, USA) under aseptic conditions in the operating room. The 26-G needle was inserted perpendicular through sclera in the inferotemporal quadrant, 4 mm from the limbus, with the tip aimed toward the center of the globe (to avoid any contact with the posterior lens). As a part of the routine protocol, the patient was instructed not to lie down for 6 hours.
The next day, the patient returned to our emergency department complaining of sudden decrease of vision in the left eye. Visual acuity in this eye dropped to hand movements. IOP was unchanged. Slit-lamp examination showed the drug between the posterior capsule of the lens and the displaced anterior hyaloid membrane, within the Berger's space [Figure 1]. There was no view of the fundus, but an ultrasound B scan exam revealed a clear vitreous. During 2 weeks of follow-up, there was no change in the appearance of the milky fluid, and the blurred vision persisted unchanged. With the patient΄s consent, an Nd:YAG laser hyaloidotomy was performed. The anterior face of the hyaloids was nicely outlined by the triamcinolone, allowing easily its identification. It was approximately 1 mm far from the posterior capsule. A Peyman contact lens (OPYG-12/12, Ocular Instruments, Inc., Bellevue, WA, USA) was applied to the eye. After a single pulse application at 2.0 mJ for 1.0 ms duration aiming at the displaced anterior face of the hyaloid, the trapped triamcinolone acetonide leaked into the vitreous cavity. Further pulses were applied to enlarge the opening. The posterior lens capsule was left intact. One week later, slit-lamp examination revealed the complete disappearance of the milky fluid [Figure 2]. IOP remained stable. During the 2-month follow-up, the patient did not receive other treatments, macular thickness decreased significantly to 302 μm, and no posterior subcapsular cataract was observed.
|Figure 1: Slit-lamp examination showing the triamcinolone acetonide between the posterior capsule of the lens and the anterior hyaloid membrane (Berger's space) following intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide injection|
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|Figure 2: One week after performing Neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser anterior hyaloidotomy, slit-lamp examination revealed the complete disappearance of the milky fluid|
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| Discussion|| |
Anterior segment problems after IVTA injection are rare and include vitreous prolapse into anterior chamber with or without intraocular lens (IOL) and decentration and opaque coating over the IOL. , Salman et al.  reported the only case of entrapment of intravitreal triamcinolone behind the crystalline lens. In that case, the head movement at the time of injection caused the drug to be delivered into the Berger's space between the posterior lens capsule and the anterior hyaloid face.
The pathogenesis of this complication is unclear. Probably, the injected triamcinolone was misdirected alongside the anterior vitreous surface. A closed chamber might have formed behind the posterior lens capsule by a central detachment of the anterior hyaloid membrane still adherent to the posterior lens capsule by a fibrosed ring. The lens is usually attached to the anterior vitreous surface along a circular zone called the hyaloideocapsular ligament or ligamentum pectinatum, of approximately 1-2 mm in width and 8-9 mm in diameter.  This circular attachment is firm in youth and weakens with age. The potential space of Berger lies within the hyaloideocapsular ligament, where the vitreous is attached to the posterior aspect of the lens. This case highlights the importance of proper technique of intravitreal injections because triamcinolone acetonide may become entrapped behind the crystalline lens if the needle is not properly positioned.
Although both conservative approach to avoid damage to the lens and surgical removal via the pars plana were valid options, we preferred Nd:YAG laser anterior hyaloidotomy. It was successfully performed resulting in a dramatic increase in visual acuity and the lens remaining clear. In conclusion, Nd:YAG laser anterior hyaloidotomy is an effective, simple, useful and minimally invasive outpatient procedure in cases with persistent entrapment of triamcinolone acetonide behind the crystalline lens. This technique offers patient rapid recovery of visual acuity and the avoidance of more invasive surgical procedures, allowing the drug to clear without trauma to the crystalline lens.
Nd:YAG laser posterior hyaloidotomy has been indicated for subhyaloid hemorrhages  and premacular vitreous floaters.  Likewise, Nd:YAG laser anterior hyaloidotomy has been indicated for malignant glaucoma following cataract surgery.  To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case report to document the use of Nd:YAG laser anterior hyaloidotomy for allowing the persistent depot of triamcinolone acetonide to flow into the vitreous cavity. A limitation of this paper is the short follow-up period of only 7 days. Although no complications were observed during this time, late complications such as the progression of diabetic macular edema due to rupture of the anterior hyaloid membrane or the development of a posterior subcapsular cataract might be expected.
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