What is the role of cyclocryotherapy in the treatment of Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS) glaucoma?

Updated: Dec 26, 2018
  • Author: Masanori Takeoka, MD; Chief Editor: George I Jallo, MD  more...
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Cyclocryotherapy is difficult to control and has a high complication rate. Therefore, it should be used only when all other procedures have failed or are not feasible, to save useful vision or to prevent or relieve severe pain. New types of cyclodestructive procedures, such as Nd:YAG transscleral laser and therapeutic ultrasonic cyclodestructive procedures, have had only limited trial in pediatric and SWS glaucoma, and their potential for long-term success, as well as for complications, in young patients is not fully understood.


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