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Surgery & Complications
Broken interrupted suture with covering mucous strands 5 months after penetrating keratoplasty.

  • Broken interrupted sutures may occur spontaneously post penetrating keratoplasty.
  • It may also be caused by:
    • Trauma
    • Loosening sutures
    • Degraded suture material
  • May be complicated by:
    • Wound dehiscence and leakage
    • Suture abscess
    • Endophthalmitis
  • Management:
    • Suture removal.
    • Careful assessment for wound dehiscence.
    • Surgical repair or wound re-suturing to secure intraocular integrity, repair astigmatism and avoid further complications.
    • Topical antibiotics.


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