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Histology of corneal wound healing after deep lamellar endothelial keratoplasty

Authors Zhang C, Xu J, Chen R

Published 7 March 2008 Volume 2008:2(1) Pages 217—221


Chaoran Zhang1, Jianjiang Xu1, Rongjia Chen2

1Ophthalmology Department, 2Pathology Department, Eye and Ear Nose Throat Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Abstract: Deep lamellar endothelial keratoplasty (DLEK) has become an alternative procedure for bullous keratopathy. Herein, the histopathological characteristics of corneal wound healing after DLEK were reported. A 71-year-old man suffering from left psuedophakia bullous keratopathy received small incision DLEK. Twenty months later, another penetrating keratoplasty (PK) was performed because of the graft failure. The histopathology of the corneal button removed during PK demonstrated the regularity of stromal fiber alignment at the graft interface. Fibrotic repair was limited to the peripheral margins.

Keywords: Deep lamellar endothelial keratoplasty, DLEK, bullous keratopathy, penetrating keratoplasty

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