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Penetrating keratoplasty in the treatment of bullous keratopathy

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First Author: M.Zemba ROMANIA

Co Author(s):    A. Stamate   C. Avram   B. Cucu   R. Malciolu   R. Neacsa        

Abstract Details


To evaluate the efficiency and safety of penetrating keratoplasty in the surgical treatment of bullous keratopathy.


Central Military Emergency University Hospital “Dr. Carol Davila”, Bucharest, Romania


This was a retrospective study. 54 patients who underwent penetrating keratoplasty during January 2007- July 2013 were included. The minimal follow-up period was of 12 months, with a mean period of 20 months and a range between 12 and 49 months. The main outcome parameters were postoperative visual acuity, type and frequency of complications.


The visual acuity at 12 months was better than 1/10 in 29 of the cases (53.7 %) and better than 1/3 in 19 of the cases (35.1 %). The complications included: a mean astigmatism of 3.6 diopters, loss of transparency of the graft in 32 % of the cases at 12 months and 40.5 % of the cases at 24 months, wound dehiscence: 6 cases (11.1 %), corneal ulcer: 4 cases (7.4 %), endophthalmitis: 1 case (1.85 %) and secondary glaucoma: 5 cases (9.2 %).


Penetrating keratoplasty is a treatment that can improve visual acuity in cases of bullous keratopathy, despite the fact that this surgical intervention has a hard to predict prognostic and relatively numerous complications. FINANCIAL INTEREST:NONE

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