Navigation Links
Eye Surgeries Remain Cancelled Due To TASS Outbreak In Toronto

A mysterious post-operative eye ailment that swept along the continent has lead to the shut down of the cataract-surgery unit in Scarborough Hospital, one of Toronto's largest cataract centres last week. //

The Hospital, which performs around 5,000 eye operations a year, decided to cancel all cataract surgeries last week, on November 9, when more and more patients came down with the ailment, known as toxic anterior segment syndrome, or TASS. Moreover the hospital authorities told that the date of reopening couldn’t be announced until late next week.

The outbreak of toxic syndrome has appeared at number of North American hospitals. CEO Dr. Hugh Scott, yesterday reported that 30 patients were told they had TASS (toxic anterior segment syndrome), a condition that usually is not serious.

"I really don't think this problem they're having in Toronto is related," said Mamalis, who headed a task force looking into a continent-wide outbreak that ended in the summer. "This is not part of that same outbreak."

The Mysterious Ailment, TASS, which inflames in the eye’s interior and in rare cases, can even lead to glaucoma, torn and detached retinas, cornea damage, loss of sight etc., but in majority of patients suffering from this disease after two days of surgery, it gets resolved by itself or with the help of anti-inflammatory treatment within a week or 2.

The TASS outbreak started invading North America early in February and had largely dissipated in July. Signs of TASS start appearing after 12 to 24 hours of surgery, says Dr. Raymond Stein, the hospital's chief of ophthalmology and past president of the Canadian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

"Most of the patients are fairly comfortable. Their vision may be mildly affected," he added, stressing TASS is not caused by an infection.

But the actual cause of this ailment, appearing in scores of North American eye centres and identified at TSH for the first time, is still a mystery and a national TASS network has been launched to track cases and to pinpoint possible causes.


Related medicine news :

1. Spine Surgeries becoming less painful
2. Gynecological Surgeries Reduce Cancer Risk
3. Indian Surgeon Conducts 70 Surgeries During His Holidays In England
4. PCT Calls Upon Doctor To Delay Surgeries
5. Two Babies Undergo Transplant Surgeries
6. Doctors Protest Against Allowing Nurses To Perform Minor Surgeries
7. Surgery Simulators Offer Better Surgeons And Safer Surgeries
8. Blood-Less Surgeries Being Now Offered In Hospitals
9. Transparency in Probable Outcomes of Cosmetic Surgeries Necessary
10. Well-Planned Surgeries Also Carry Health Risks
11. Weight Loss Surgeries Often Accompained by Several Complications
Post Your Comments:

(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... The International Association of ... of excellence for the field of eating disorders, announces the opening of early ... in Orlando, Florida at the Omni Resort at ChampionsGate. , The ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, ... ... School of Pharmacy (SOP) alumni Hannah Randall, PharmD ‘17, and Jennifer Huggins, ... professionals on guideline updates for the primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases during ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... CT (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... long-term care services, staged a mock evacuation of the facility as part of a ... Shelton Fire Department, Echo Hose EMS and Shelton City Emergency Manager, as well as ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset Hills is proud to host ... items from across the nation, this holiday-themed event will raise funds and awareness for ... The boutique will be open Saturday, November 4 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Global Healthcare Management’s ... Alexandria Park in Milford, NJ. This free event, sponsored by Global Healthcare Management’s ... The fun run is geared towards children of all ages; it is a ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/19/2017)... Sept. 19, 2017 HistoSonics, Inc., a venture-backed medical device company developing a non-invasive, ... tissues, announced three leadership team developments today:   ... ... ... Veteran medical device executive Josh Stopek , PhD, ...
(Date:9/18/2017)... R.I. , Sept. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... the fields of bioinformatics and immune engineering, ... a protective avian influenza A (H7N9) vaccine. ... distantly related to seasonal influenza and presents ... rely on prior exposure to be effective. ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... 2017  Consumer reviews on the independent review site Consumer ... one company for hearing aids, ranking it higher than Miracle ... ... Consumers For Hearing Aids ... an online store that provides high performance, state-of-the-art, German-engineered hearing aids ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: