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      Antibiotic prevention of postcataract endophthalmitis: a systematic review and meta‐analysis


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          Endophthalmitis is one of the most feared complications after cataract surgery. The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate the effect of intracameral and topical antibiotics on the prevention of endophthalmitis after cataract surgery. A systematic literature review in the MEDLINE, CINAHL, Cochrane Library and EMBASE databases revealed one randomized trial and 17 observational studies concerning the prophylactic effect of intracameral antibiotic administration on the rate of endophthalmitis after cataract surgery. The effect of topical antibiotics on endophthalmitis rate was reported by one randomized trial and one observational study. The quality and design of the included studies were analysed using the Cochrane risk of bias tool. The quality of the evidence was evaluated using the GRADE approach. We found high‐to‐moderate quality evidence for a marked reduction in the risk of endophthalmitis with the use of intracameral antibiotic administration of cefazolin, cefuroxime and moxifloxacin, whereas no effect was found with the use of topical antibiotics or intracameral vancomycin. Endophthalmitis occurred on average in one of 2855 surgeries when intracameral antibiotics were used compared to one of 485 surgeries when intracameral antibiotics were not used. The relative risk (95% CI) of endophthalmitis was reduced to 0.12 (0.08; 0.18) when intracameral antibiotics were used. The difference was highly significant (p < 0.00001). Intracameral antibiotic therapy is the best choice for preventing endophthalmitis after cataract surgery. We did not find evidence to conclude that topical antibiotic therapy prevents endophthalmitis.

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                Acta Ophthalmol
                Acta Ophthalmol
                Acta Ophthalmologica
                John Wiley and Sons Inc. (Hoboken )
                16 March 2015
                June 2015
                : 93
                : 4 ( doiID: 10.1111/aos.2015.93.issue-4 )
                : 303-317
                [ 1 ] Department of Ophthalmology Copenhagen University Hospital Glostrup Glostrup Denmark
                [ 2 ] Danish Health and Medicines Authorities Copenhagen Denmark
                [ 3 ] Odense Eye Clinic Odense Denmark
                [ 4 ] Skanderborg Eye Clinic Skanderborg Denmark
                [ 5 ] Department of Ophthalmology Næstved Hospital Næstved Denmark
                [ 6 ] Department of Ophthalmology Aarhus University Hospital NBG Aarhus Denmark
                Author notes
                [*] [* ] Correspondence:

                Line Kessel

                Department of Ophthalmology

                Copenhagen University Hospital Glostrup

                Nordre Ringvej 57

                DK‐2600 Glostrup


                Tel: +45 3863 4700

                Fax: +45 3863 4669

                Email: line.kessel@ 123456dadlnet.dk

                © 2015 The Authors Acta Ophthalmologica published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavica Foundation

                This is an open access article under the terms of the http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non‐commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.

                : 07 October 2014
                : 12 January 2015
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                Pages: 15
                Funded by: National Danish Health and Medicines Authority
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                Ophthalmology & Optometry
                antibiotic therapy,cataract surgery,cefuroxime,endophthalmitis,prevention


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