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Inflammation (infection) of postprocedural bleb Save

ICD-10 code: H59.4

Chapter: Diseases of the eye and adnexia

Inflammation (Infection) of Postprocedural Bleb

Postprocedural bleb is a small, elevated area of tissue that forms on the surface of the eye following a surgical procedure. It is typically created during glaucoma surgery to relieve intraocular pressure (IOP) on the optic nerve by allowing excess fluid to drain from the eye. Although the formation of a bleb can be an effective treatment for glaucoma, it can also be associated with complications such as inflammation or infection. In this article, we will focus on the causes, symptoms, and treatment of inflammation (infection) of postprocedural bleb.

  1. Causes: Inflammation of postprocedural bleb can be caused by a variety of factors, including bacterial or fungal infections, trauma to the eye, or a reaction to the surgical materials used during the procedure. Patients with a history of previous infections or those with compromised immune systems are at higher risk of developing inflammation or infection of the bleb after surgery.
  2. Symptoms: The symptoms of inflammation (infection) of postprocedural bleb may include redness, pain, swelling, discharge, sensitivity to light, and a decrease in vision. Patients with these symptoms should seek medical attention immediately, as untreated infections can lead to more serious complications such as endophthalmitis.
  3. Treatment: Treatment for inflammation (infection) of postprocedural bleb typically involves antibiotic or antifungal medication to clear the infection. In some cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to drain the bleb or remove infected tissue. Patients may also be advised to avoid rubbing or touching the eye, wear protective eyewear, and avoid activities that could further irritate the eye during the healing process.

It is important for patients undergoing glaucoma surgery to be aware of the potential risks associated with postprocedural blebs, including inflammation or infection. Regular follow-up appointments with an eye care professional can help monitor the healing process and detect any early signs of complications. By taking proactive steps to prevent and treat inflammation (infection) of postprocedural bleb, patients can help ensure the best possible outcome following glaucoma surgery.