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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 196-197

Surgical repositioning of iatrogenic intralenticular steroid implant

1 Department of Vitreo-Retina, Isha Netralaya, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Cataract, Isha Netralaya, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Optometry, Isha Netralaya, Maharashtra, India

Date of Submission12-Aug-2022
Date of Acceptance23-Sep-2022
Date of Web Publication20-Jan-2023

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Onkar H Pirdankar
Isha Netralaya, Karnik Road, Kalyan West, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_2004_22

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Keywords: Complication, macular edema, Ozurdex implant

How to cite this article:
Nene AS, Meshram M, Nibhorkar AS, Shenoy P, Badole P, Shah S, Pirdankar OH. Surgical repositioning of iatrogenic intralenticular steroid implant. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep 2023;3:196-7

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Nene AS, Meshram M, Nibhorkar AS, Shenoy P, Badole P, Shah S, Pirdankar OH. Surgical repositioning of iatrogenic intralenticular steroid implant. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep [serial online] 2023 [cited 2023 Feb 1];3:196-7. Available from: https://www.ijoreports.in/text.asp?2023/3/1/196/368203

We report a case of an accidental intralenticular Ozurdex implant (dexamethasone intravitreal implant) and its management. A 55-year-old male was diagnosed with proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) with chronic macular edema (CME) in the right eye following multiple anti–vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) injections [Figure 1] and had a best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) of 6/60. The other eye had stable PDR with BCVA of 6/9. The patient underwent Ozurdex (DEX Implant; Allergan, Inc., Irvine, CA, USA) implantation under topical anesthesia in the right eye. At one-week follow-up, anterior segment examination showed nuclear sclerosis grade 1 with posterior subcapsular cataract and the Ozurdex implant was seen breaching the posterior capsule of the lens inferonasally [Figure 2]. His BCVA in the right eye was 6/60 with normal intraocular pressure. The patient underwent uneventful cataract surgery [Figure 3] and the implant was pushed behind with a Sinskey hook into the vitreous cavity through posterior capsular breach. A three-piece foldable intraocular lens (IOL) was placed in the capsular bag. At one-month follow-up, BCVA improved to 6/18. The implant was well repositioned behind the IOL in the vitreous cavity and optical coherence tomography (OCT) revealed significant reduction in macular edema [Figure 4].
Figure 1: OCT of right eye showing chronic macular edema (CME)

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Figure 2: Intralenticular Ozurdex implant

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Figure 3: Management of intralenticular Ozurdex implant (a). Phacoemulsification (b). Pushing the implant through posterior capsular breach (c). Repositioning of the implant (d). After IOL implantation

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Figure 4: Slit-lamp anterior segment photo and OCT of the right eye post surgery

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Ozurdex is a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)–approved biodegradable, water soluble copolymer of glycolic acid and lactic acid enclosing micronized dexamethasone. Accidental injection of the implant into the lens is a rare but serious complication. An inexperienced surgeon or trainee, inappropriate technique or patient's head movements—all can lead to accidental injection of the implant into the crystalline lens.[1],[2] Lens injury often leads to cataractous changes in days, or even months, after the injection and require intervention.[1],[3],[4],[5] In our case, the patient had developed a cataract; thus, immediate phacoemulsification with IOL implantation and repositioning of Ozurdex into the vitreous cavity were done.

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