Predictive Factors of Outcomes in Kahook Dual Blade Excisional Goniotomy Combined with Phacoemulsification

Eli L. Pratte, Junsang Cho, James R. Landreneau, Matthew T. Hirabayashi, Jella A. An

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Aim: To identify factors that were significant predictors of Kahook Dual Blade (KDB) excisional goniotomy outcomes. Materials and methods: One hundred and thirty-two eyes from 99 adult glaucoma patients who underwent combined KDB and phacoemulsification (KDB-phaco) with a minimum 6-month follow-up were assessed for baseline patient characteristics to determine correlation to the success of KDB-phaco at 6 and 12 months postoperatively. Success was defined as ≥20% intraocular pressure (IOP) reduction or ≥1 medication reduction as well as IOP ≤18 mm Hg without any additional IOP-lowering procedures after KDB-phaco. Results: 63.6% (84/132) and 46.1% (41/89) of cases were successful at the 6-and 12-month follow-ups, respectively. KDB-phaco reduced patient’s preoperative IOP (in mm Hg) from 17.6 ± 4.6 to 14.9 ± 3.2 at 6 months (15.3%, p < 0.001) and 15.4 ± 4.7 at 12 months (12.5%, p = 0.001). KDB-phaco reduced patient’s preoperative IOP-lowering medications from 2 ± 1.2 to 1.1 ± 1.2 at 6 months (45%, p < 0.001) and 1.32 ± 1.3 at 12 months (34%, p < 0.001). At 6 months, patients on >1 IOP lowering medication had a greater chance of meeting our success criteria (p = 0.037). Visually significant postoperative hyphema was not associated with the use of anticoagulation (p = 0.943) but was significantly associated with postoperative day 1 IOP ≤ 10 mm Hg (p = 0.011). Conclusion: Patients who underwent KDB-phaco significantly reduced their IOP and medication burden at both 6 and 12 months compared with their baseline preoperative values. KDB-phaco outcome was associated with higher baseline IOP-lowering medications and increased rate of hyphema was associated with lower postoperative day 1 IOP, regardless of anticoagulation status. Age, ethnicity, prior laser trabeculoplasty, type and severity of glaucoma, and baseline preoperative IOP were not associated with surgical success. Clinical significance: Patients with a higher number of baseline medications may experience a greater probability of success following KDB-phaco.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-52
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Current Glaucoma Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


  • Kahook dual blade
  • Outcomes
  • Retrospective study
  • Risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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