Surgery providers warned of TASS outbreak

An increased incidence of toxic anterior segment syndrome (TASS) following outpatient cataract surgery has been reported recently, according to an alert issued by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

TASS is an acute, sterile anterior segment inflammation following uneventful cataract and anterior segment surgery. Most patients with TASS will develop symptoms within 12 to 24 hours of the surgery.

Surgeons are encouraged to closely monitor patients with increased postoperative inflammation and to report suspicious outbreaks to Nick Mamalis, MD, at the University of Utah's Ocular Research Center at or (801) 581-6586. Surgeons also can call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Health Care Quality Promotion at (800) 893-0485.