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Descemet's membrane detachment: a rare complication after penetrating keratoplasty

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First Author: D.Giannoulis GREECE

Co Author(s):    V. Vlatsios   R. Bartzoulianou   F. Polydari   E. Kostopoulou   N. Ziakas        

Abstract Details


To present a rare complication of penetrating keratoplasty.


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


A 57 years old male patient, suffering from blurry vision due to bilateral corneal scarring underwent uncomplicated penetrating keratoplasty in the right eye.


On the second postoporative day Descemet membrane (DM) detachment was present. The patient was managed with air injection in the anterior chamber (rebubbling). At the next follow-up visit, DM was detached again. Rebubbling was unsuccessfully repeated twice, 5 days and 2 weeks postoperatively. DM remained detached, however the graft was clear during the follow-up period. No clear underlying etiology of the detachment was found in our patient.


Descemet membrane detachment after penetrating keratoplasty is a rare complication. Early postoperative surgical intervention often leads to satisfactory results. Although intervention was not successful in our patient, the graft remained clear during the follow-up period.

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