80多歲的謝先生,五年多前在台北市某家醫院進行第一次白內障手術,但是手術時因為疑似眼壓高,虹膜不斷鼓出,前後處理了二次,這樣的經驗讓患者很害怕另一眼白內障的手術,以致右眼白內障這五年來越來越嚴重,視力僅剩0.1 (20/20),在非不得已的情況下,接受住在我們診所附近的親友介紹而來求診。蕭醫師在手術前詳細詢問患者病史及用藥後發現,病人有服用前列腺肥大藥物(Tamsulosin),才會在施行白內障手術時,導致虹膜相對容易鼓出,增加白內障手術時的風險。蕭醫師注意到這個藥物特有的副作用,於是在手術時特別謹慎小心處理,謝先生在最近一次回診視力也回到我們預估的1.0(20/20)水準之上,病人開心的說:『我的白內障問題終於順利畢業了!我不再害怕開白內障手術了!』

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Intraoperative floppy iris syndrome associated with tamsulosin
Paul R. Brogden, Oliver C. Backhouse, and Manuel Saldana
Leeds, United Kingdom by e-mail
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Tamsulosin, an α1-adrenergic blocking agent, is prescribed for symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy. In 2005 over 1.6 million prescription items of tamsulosin were dispensed in England. Intraoperative floppy iris syndrome was first described in the medical literature in April 2005, and there have been 16 subsequent related peer-reviewed publications. There is, however, no mention of the association in the current edition of the British National Formulary. Intraoperative floppy iris syndrome occurs in approximately 2% of all cataract-surgery patients and is characterized by billowing and prolapse of the iris through the corneal incisions and progressive pupillary constriction. This leads to a more complex surgery and a higher rate of complications. Many eye units now advise patients to discontinue tamsulosin for 2 weeks before cataract surgery and to start taking it again immediately after surgery, though the syndrome can occur in patients who stopped therapy 1 year before surgery. The condition is associated with all the α1-adrenergic blocking agents but is much more commonly seen with tamsulosin, which is highly selective for the α1A receptor. These particular receptors are present in bladder-neck smooth muscle and in the iris dilator muscle. Blockage of this latter muscle allows unopposed action of the parasympathetically innervated iris constrictor muscle and loss of iris tone, resulting in the clinical syndrome. Intraoperative strategies for reducing the risks during surgery have been described and include the use of iris hooks and intracameral phenylephrine.

We would like to raise awareness about this condition among primary care physicians and to advise that the use of α1-adrenergic blocking agents should be documented on referrals for cataract surgery. Such patients are at higher risk of problems both from cataract surgery and from the urologic effects of the temporary cessation of treatment.