Effectiveness of Supratarsal Triamcinolone Injection in Patients with Vernal Keratoconjunctivitis
Purpose: To determine the efficacy of supratarsal injection of triamcinolone
acetate amongst patients with vernal keratoconjunctivitis.
Material and Methods: It was descriptive case series study conducted in the
Department of Ophthalmology, Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar in 6 months
from 6th February to 6th July, 2012. A total of 196 patients with vernal
keratoconjunctivitis were subjected to supratarsal injection of triamcinolone
acetate. To determine the effectiveness, all patients were followed after two
weeks of supratarsal injection of triamcinolone acetate for the complete
disappearance of papillae and those patients in whom there was complete
disappearance of the papillae were followed for the next three months for
recurrence of the papillae. Data was analyzed by Statistical Package for Social
Sciences (SPSS) version 10.0 and presented in the form of tables and graphs.
Results: There were total of 196 patients comprising of 130 (66.33%) males and
66 (33.67%) females with an overall mean age of 15.23 ± 5.79SD. Maximum
patients i.e. 130 (66.33%) were from the age group of 11 to 20 years. The
supratarsal triamcinolone acetate injection was effective in 170 (86.73%)
patients including 123 (61.18%) males and 47 (27.65%) females. No recurrence
of the papillae was noted in any of the patients when followed for further three
Conclusion: Supratarsal injection of Triamcinolone acetate is effective in vernal
keratoconjunctivitis for complete disappearance of papillae.
Key words: Vernal Keratoconjunctivitis; Supratarsal injection; Triamcinolone