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A surprising intravitreal injection attempt

Ozurdex™ implantation for Behçet's disease

Furundaoturan, Onur; Barış, Mine E; Yılmaz, Suzan Güven

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doi: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_2241_20
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Dear Editor,

Behçet's disease (BD) is a multisystem disorder characterized by oral and genital ulcerations, skin lesions, ocular inflammation, and vascular involvement.[1] The underlying pathology is occlusive vasculitis effecting mostly veins. The most common ocular manifestation is acute, recurrent, often bilateral, and nongranulomatous panuveitis. The disease has a higher prevalence in the Mediterranean region.[2] Macular edema is one of the most common causes of vision decrease in BD.[3] Corticosteroids, immunosuppressants, and biologic agents are used for the treatment of macular edema in Behçet uveitis.[45]

A 42-year-old man with history of BD for 24 years developed cystoid macular edema, 1 year after the ocular symptoms started as posterior uveitis. The patient was consulted with rheumatology, and ocular inflammation was stabilized with oral corticosteroids and interferon alfa treatment. After 4 months without recurrence of the uveitis, he applied to our clinic with decreased vision in the right eye. His best-corrected visual acuity was 0.30 logMar in the right eye and 0.00 logMar in the left eye. Anterior segment examination was within normal limits and fundus examination revealed perivascular sheathing with a swelling optic disk. Optical coherence tomography and fluorescein angiography images were obtained. The imaging revealed cystoid macular edema with no neovascularization and ischemia [Fig. 1]. In the light of examination and imaging findings, the decision of intravitreal Ozurdex™ injection was made. The injection of the drug was performed in the operation room under sterile operation conditions. During the injection, we encountered a resistance and observed that both the sclera and the conjunctiva were still intact. By evaluating the injector under the operating microscope, we detected a microscopic curvature at the tip of the injector [Fig. 2]. The injection of the drug was cancelled, and we contacted the company. After replacement of the faulty product with a new one, injection was performed without any issues or complications.

Figure 1
Figure 1:
Optical coherence tomography and fluorescein angiography images revealed cystoid macular edema
Figure 2
Figure 2:
Image of the curved injector tip

Although using the appropriate technique recommended for intravitreal injection, we encountered an unexpected event. Possible causes are manufacturing or packaging faults.

In conclusion, an improbable event which made a delay for the treatment was happened, and to the best of our knowledge, it has not been reported before. Controlling the injector before the procedure might prevent possible damages that could be caused by the forced injection of a faulty needle to the eye.

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