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Corneal graft from a two-month-old infant donor for Descemet's stripping endothelial keratoplasty

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First Author: A.Chranioti GREECE

Co Author(s):    D. Giannoulis   V. Vlatsios   E. Papadopoulou   D. Kapantais   K. Tsaousis   N. Ziakas     

Abstract Details


To present an interesting case of Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) using corneal tissue from a two-months-old donor.


1st Department of Ophthalmology, AHEPA University Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece


Case report: a 60 years old female patient suffering from blurry vision due to Fuch’s endothelial dystrophy underwent an uncomplicated combined surgery of phacoemulcification and DSAEK in the left eye using infant donor tissue.


At the first postoperative day, patient’s cornea was hazy and the graft was moderately oedematous. Two weeks later, the graft was clearer in the center but still oedematous at the periphery while anterior synechiae were present as well. At her last follow-up visit, one year after the procedure, the graft was hazy and partially detached at the periphery. However, the central part remained clear and attached while the patient’s best-corrected visual acuity was 5/10 (Snellen).


The use of corneal grafts from infant donors may be still a controversial issue. In our case, the graft remained functional and centrally clear during the follow-up period, improving the patient’s visual acuity.

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