97th DOG Annual Meeting 1999

K40

RESULTS AFTER KERATOPLASTIES WITH ORGAN-CULTURED CORNEAL RIMS - A 3-YEAR FOLLOW UP

G. Jendral1, F. Wilhelm2, S. Clemens1

With the establishment of an increasing number of eye banks, the use of organ-cultured corneas has become prevalent, although fresh material has more endothelial cells. But on the other hand the advantages of organ culture are numerous.

The aim of our study was to find out if the results from fresh and organ-cultured materials were comparable at a 3-year follow up. We examined the first 100 keratoplasties performed with corneal rims from the Greifswald Eye Bank. Relevant preexisting general and ophthalmological diseases were also taken into account. For various reasons (e.g. death of patient) not all 100 patients could be followed up in the given study period.

More than 90% of the keratoplasties were initially successful. Three years later more than 70% of the transplants were still accepted and functioning in the operated eyes. There were many reasons for a failure of the transplant. Our study showed that the midterm results using cultured corneas are qualitatively equal to those obtained with fresh tissue - with all the advantages of an eye bank.

1 Univ.-Augenklinik, Rubenowstr. 2, 17487 Greifswald
2 Univ.-Augenklinik, Magdeburger Str. 20, 06097 Halle


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