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Use of infant donor tissue in endothelial keratoplasty

Authors Moshirfar M, Shiuey Y, Fenzl C

Received 24 November 2014

Accepted for publication 26 November 2014

Published 14 January 2015 Volume 2015:9 Pages 139—140


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Majid Moshirfar,1 Yichieh Shiuey,2 Carlton Robert Fenzl3

1Department of Ophthalmology, Francis I Proctor Foundation, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA; 2Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Sunnyvale, CA, USA; 3John A Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
We have read with great interest the recent article by Kobayashi et al describing endothelial keratoplasty using infant donor tissue.1 This is a fine case report describing the use of infant donor tissue as a viable source when performing non-Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (nDSAEK). Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) and nDSAEK seem to be the only currently accepted forms of keratoplasty for which donor tissue under the age of 2 years is acceptable. When used to perform penetrating keratoplasty, it is known that infantile grafts behave in an ectatic fashion.2,3 This is likely due to their more elastic properties. Tissue preparation in Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) proves to be too difficult given the strength of adhesion of Descemet membrane to the overlying stroma.1
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