Inadvertent Placement of a Glaucoma Tube into the Graft-Host Interface of an Eye with Previous Descemet Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty

Jeffrey M. Goshe, Mark A. Terry, Jennifer Li

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PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to report the inadvertent insertion of a glaucoma tube into the graft-host interface in a patient with previous Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK). METHODS: This is a retrospective case report. RESULTS: A 56-year-old aniridic woman with a history of multiple failed penetrating keratoplasties (PKPs) and glaucoma underwent DSAEK under failed PKP of her left eye at our institution. After undergoing a subsequent glaucoma tube placement by an outside glaucoma specialist, the tube was identified in the DSAEK-PKP interface. The tube was successfully repositioned at the time of repeat PKP with placement of a Boston type I keratoprosthesis. CONCLUSIONS: Inadvertent insertion of a glaucoma tube into the DSAEK interface may result in ocular morbidity in patients with previous DSAEK surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Glaucoma
Issue number8
StatePublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes



  • glaucoma surgery, glaucoma, corneal transplant, endothelial keratoplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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