Postop endophthalmitis rates fairly stable after cataract surgeries, corneal transplants

Postoperative endophthalmitis after corneal transplant or cataract surgery is rare, although rates are slightly higher after corneal transplant, according to a claims-based study. The retrospective population-based cohort study based on Medicare claims data included patients who underwent corneal transplants (18,083), cataract surgeries (2,261,779) or both on the same day (3,705) from July 1, 2006, to Aug. 31, 2011. Endophthalmitis rates were analyzed at intervals of 6 weeks and 6 months after surgery using a sensitive definition based on ICD-9 codes, a specific definition based on ICD-9 and CPT-4 codes, and (Read more...)

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