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Increased anterior chamber penetration of topical levofloxacin 0.5% after pulsed dosing in cataract patients.

Journal article
Authors Karin Sundelin
David Seal
Susanne Gardner
Auli Ropo
Klaus Geldsetzer
Jukka Lokkila
Ulf Stenevi
Published in Acta ophthalmologica
Volume 87
Pages 160-5
ISSN 1755-3768
Publication year 2009
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation
Pages 160-5
Language en
Keywords aqueous humour levels, cataract surgery, levofloxacin, pharmacokinetics, prophylaxis
Subject categories Medical and Health Sciences


Purpose: This study aimed to investigate the rise in aqueous humour (AH) levels of levofloxacin after a specific perioperative pulsed topical drop regimen. Methods: Thirty patients undergoing phacoemulsification surgery were administered two preoperative drops of levofloxacin 0.5%, 30 mins apart, and three pulsed drops postoperatively, 5 mins apart. Aqueous humour levels of levofloxacin were measured at the start of surgery and from 5 mins to 90 mins after the last postoperative drop. Samples from individual patients were collected at the time of surgery and at one additional sampling interval by aqueous tap, and analysed using a high-performance liquid chromatography assay. Results: Aqueous humour levels of levofloxacin continued to rise gradually, reaching a mean peak level (C(max)) of 4.4 mug/ml (+/- 2.5) at 60 mins after the last postoperative drop was administered. This level exceeded the minimum inhibitory concentration of common ocular pathogens at least fourfold. At 90 mins after the last drop, mean AH levels remained > 3 mug/ml. Conclusions: This is the first study to measure AH levels of levofloxacin after postoperative pulsed dosing in humans. Higher AH levels were found than in previously reported studies in which only preoperative drops were given and levels were measured at the time of surgery. Levels of levofloxacin continued to rise for 60 mins after administration of the last postoperative drop, demonstrating that delivery and maintenance of effective antibiotic levels may be achievable with alternative dosing schedules.

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