Intraoperative breakage of 20-gauge Tano forceps

Karl U. Bartz-Schmidt*, Ihab El-Araj, Faik Gelisken, Eva Reinthal, Focke Ziemssen, Nicole Eter, Frank G. Holz, Salvatore Grisanti

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PURPOSE: To report three cases with breakage of a 20-gauge kryptonite forceps during vitreoretinal surgery. DESIGN: Interventional case report. METHODS: Pars plana vitrectomy that included a membrane peeling was performed in three patients through standard ports with 20-gauge vitrectomy systems. The peeling procedure was attempted with the end-gripping kryptonite forceps. RESULTS: Intraoperatively, the branch/tip broke and dropped onto the posterior pole. Removal of the broken part was uncomplicated, and the subsequent clinical course was unremarkable. In one case, the handle and branch/tip part were exchanged inadvertently. In the other two cases, neither an exchange nor a maladaptation of the parts was noted. CONCLUSION: An exchange of the hand piece and gripping end may increase the risk of breakage and retinal damage. The delicate gripping tips, however, may break because of inadequate maintenance and/or aging of the material. Intraoperative visual and functional examination is recommended before intraocular use.

Translated title of the contributionIntraoperativer Bruch einer 20-Gauge-Tano-Pinzette
Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)215-217
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 01.01.2006


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