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Reported cases of eye trauma by barberry thorn that resulted in corneal transplantation

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First Author: M.Davari IRAN

Co Author(s):    H. Ghiytasi   M. Sanaei           

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the present study was carried out to evaluate indication and related causes of keratoplasty in Vali-easr hospitals of Birjand


Ophthalmology Dep. ValiAsre Hospital , Birjand ,Iran


This study is a retrospective analysis of 120 PK performed on 120 patients. The obtained data had different indexes such as age (over 25 and under 25), Job (3 groups); including husbandry, hard urban jobs (i.e. laborers and artisans), and easy urban jobs (clerks, drivers, housewives, students). Personal characteristics of patients, preoperative clinical diagnosis, transplanted eye, and indication of PK were recorded through self-designed questionnaires. Finally, the obtained data was analyzed through SPSS software using statistical t- and chi-square tests at the significant level _=0.05.


Totally, clinical files of 120 patients were surveyed. Necessity of PK was due to Leukoma (62.5%),Keratoconus (20%), and other cases (17.5%). Corneal leukoma was found the most prevalent reason for PK due to barberry thorns. The major Job group for keratoplasty was farmer. (26.3 %)


Corneal opacity was found as the common cause which necessitated PK in Birjand. This Finding contrasts other findings and may be due to particular conditions of the area and prevalence of cornea trauma and infection caused by barberry thorns, which may lead to leukoma. This, of course, demands further studies. FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE?: No

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