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REGGI, José Ricardo de Abreu et al. Subconjunctival and topical application of recombinant tissue plasminogen activator in rabbits. Arq. Bras. Oftalmol. [online]. 2015, vol.78, n.1, pp.6-9. ISSN 0004-2749.


To quantify fibrin degradation products after topical and subconjunctival administration of recombinant tissue plasminogen activator in rabbits.


Fibrin formation was induced in the anterior chamber in 25 rabbits. Subsequently, five rabbits received an injection of r-TPA (positive control) in the anterior chamber, another 10 received a subconjunctival injection of r-TPA, and the remaining 10 received instillations of topical r-TPA. Afterwards, samples of aqueous humor were collected and semi-quantitative analysis of fibrin degradation products (FDP) was performed.


No statistical differences were noted between the treatment and control groups at any time point. Fibrin degradation products semi-quantification showed statistical improvement in the control group and the subconjunctival group.


Fibrin degradation products were observed in the anterior chamber after subconjunctival administration of r-TPA. However, it was probably not sufficient to cause fibrin degradation. Topical r-TPA did not effectively absorb anterior chamber fibrin.

Keywords : Tissue plasminogen activator; Anterior chamber; Hyphema; Inflammation; Postoperative complications; Animals; Rabbits.

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