Enucleation versus evisceration


Correspondence: Dr Brett O’Donnell, North Shore Medical Centre, 66 Pacific Highway, St Leonards, NSW 2065, Australia. Email: brett.odonnell@island.net.au


The choice of enucleation and evisceration for removal of an eye remains controversial in certain circumstances. An international panel was asked to give their surgical management of two clinical cases that require either enucleation or evisceration. Case one follows multiple vitreoretinal procedures, and the risk of sympathetic ophthalmia is considered in the surgical management. Case two has had postoperative endophthalmitis, and the possibility of implant infection following insertion of an orbital implant with evisceration and enucleation is discussed.