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Epithelial growth over the optic surface of the type 1 Boston Keratoprosthesis: histopathology and implications for biointegration

Authors Yousuf M Khalifa, Don Davis, Nick Mamalis, et al

Published Date September 2010 Volume 2010:4 Pages 1069—1071

DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/OPTH.S12780

Published 17 September 2010

Yousuf M Khalifa, Don Davis, Nick Mamalis, Majid Moshirfar
Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Abstract: We report the histopathology of epithelial overgrowth in the Boston type I keratoprosthesis. The epithelium shows an inconsistent number of layers and basement membrane and goblet cells are absent. Epithelialization of the keratoprosthesis optic would have multiple advantages, but the limitation of vision makes tolerating the overgrowth difficult.

Keywords: keratoprosthesis, cornea, corneal transplant, biocompatibility, biointegration epithelium

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