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Corneal graft rejection

Thabo Lapp, Antonia Hildebrand, Daniel Böhringer, Paola Kammrath Betancor, Günther Schlunck, Thomas Reinhard
PURPOSE: To evaluate the feasibility of anterior segment spectral domain optic coherence tomography (ASOCT) as rejection readout in a keratoplasty mouse model and to compare ASOCT against the current standard (i.e., a clinical score system). Furthermore, to compare both approaches with respect to intra- and inter-individual observer variability and to calculate a critical point that distinguishes between rejection and non-rejection in ASOCT analysis. METHODS: Allogeneic penetrating keratoplasties (PKs) were performed using C3H/He donor mice and BALB/c recipient mice; syngeneic transplantations served as controls using BALB/c donors and recipients...
2016: Molecular Vision
S J Lang, D Böhringer, G Geerling, T Reinhard
AimThe objective of the study was to evaluate the long-term results of allogenic penetrating limbo-keratoplasy. This method allows simultaneous transplantation of a corneal graft and limbal stem cells of the donor by means of eccentric trephination of the donor button.MethodThe data of 192 consecutive cases of allogenic penetrating limbo-keratoplasty from 1995 to 2015 were reviewed. These had been performed exclusively in eyes with complete failure of the limbal stem cells, in combination with deep corneal scarring...
October 21, 2016: Eye
Shaohui Liu, Peter Veldman
Endothelial keratoplasty (EK) has replaced penetrating keratoplasty (PKP) as the preferred surgical therapy for corneal endothelial dysfunction. However, recent nationwide corneal graft registry data showed few advantages to EK relative to PKP with respect to graft survival and visual outcomes. This article compares the published outcomes and complications of EK to those of PKP. EK demonstrates superior spectacle corrected visual outcomes, fast recovery, less graft rejection, and higher patient satisfaction, particularly in studies performed by high-volume surgeons/centers...
October 18, 2016: Seminars in Ophthalmology
Lorena Sepsakos, Kevin Shah, T Peter Lindquist, William Barry Lee, Edward Holland
PURPOSE: To evaluate the rate of rejection after Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) in patients with Fuchs endothelial dystrophy (ED) and to analyze potential risk factors for rejection. METHODS: An observational retrospective chart review of 400 patients with Fuchs ED was performed. The primary outcome was the rate of endothelial graft rejection. Secondary outcomes included graft clarity after rejection, medications at the time of rejection, and preoperative graft thickness...
October 5, 2016: Cornea
Sotiria Palioura, Kathryn Colby
PURPOSE: To evaluate the feasibility of Descemet stripping endothelial keratoplasty using grafts preloaded by an eye bank in a commercially available insertion device. METHODS: In this retrospective case series, a series of 35 eyes in 34 consecutive patients who underwent Descemet stripping endothelial keratoplasty for Fuchs endothelial dystrophy or previously failed full-thickness grafts at a single tertiary care center from March 2013 to March 2014 was included...
October 12, 2016: Cornea
Myhanh Nguyen, Jay Siak, Soon-Phaik Chee, Vo Quang Hong Diem
PURPOSE: To describe the pattern of uveitis among Vietnamese at two eye hospitals in Southern Vietnam. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the charts of 212 consecutive uveitis cases that presented to two eye hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, from July 2011 to February 2015. The patients were identified from a database maintained by the hospitals. Patients with keratitis, episcleritis, orbital inflammation, post-surgical endophthalmitis, traumatic iritis, and corneal graft rejection were excluded...
October 11, 2016: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
Yijun Cai, Jorge L Alio Del Barrio, Mark R Wilkins, Marcus Ang
PURPOSE: Recently, optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) has been used to successfully delineate vessels within the retina. This current study aims to assess corneal vascularization secondary to herpetic keratitis pre- and post-treatment using serial OCTA imaging adapted for the anterior segment. METHODS: All eyes were scanned using the split-spectrum amplitude decorrelation angiography (SSADA) algorithm on the AngioVue OCTA system (Optovue Inc. Fremont, CA, USA) with an anterior segment lens adapter...
October 8, 2016: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Kaitlyn L Ohden, Susanne Pitz, Jane Ashworth, Augusto Magalhães, Diane R Marinho, Päivi Lindahl, Kristina Teär Fahnehjelm, C Gail Summers
OBJECTIVE: To describe visual outcomes after penetrating keratoplasty and deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty in patients with mucopolysaccharidoses. METHODS: This is a retrospective review of keratoplasty in consecutive patients from Brazil, England, Finland, Germany, Portugal, Sweden and the USA. All patients had corneal clouding due to mucopolysaccharidoses. Preoperative and postoperative visual outcome and ocular comorbidities were identified. Success was arbitrarily defined as any improvement in visual acuity or best-corrected visual acuity better than logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution 0...
September 28, 2016: British Journal of Ophthalmology
Xin Liu, Qi Zhou, Xinyu Huang, Zhenxing Liu, Yanlong Bi
The study aimed to evaluate the therapeutic effects of deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) using glycerol-cryopreserved corneal tissues (GCCTs) in patients with refractive herpes simplex keratitis (HSK). This article was a retrospective, noncomparative, and interventional case series. Patients with HSK underwent DALK using GCCTs at Shanghai Tongji Hospital from 2012 to 2015. The best spectacle corrected visual acuity, recurrent inflammation, graft status, postoperative central graft thickness, and pre/postoperative complications were detected...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Ester Fernández López, Elsie Chan
PURPOSE: There is currently limited information regarding the outcomes of endothelial keratoplasty in eyes with cytomegalovirus (CMV) endotheliitis. We report the results of Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) for endothelial failure secondary to CMV. METHODS: This is a retrospective review of 4 eyes of 4 patients with CMV endotheliitis and DSAEK. CMV was confirmed in each case by a positive aqueous tap on qualitative polymerase chain reaction...
September 21, 2016: Cornea
Houfa Yin, Peijin Qiu, Fang Wu, Wei Zhang, Wenqi Teng, Zhenwei Qin, Chao Li, Jiaojie Zhou, Zhi Fang, Qiaomei Tang, Qiuli Fu, Jian Ma, Yabo Yang
The scarcity of corneal tissue to treat deep corneal defects and corneal perforations remains a challenge. Currently, small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE)-derived lenticules appear to be a promising alternative for the treatment of these conditions. However, the thickness and toughness of a single piece of lenticule are limited. To overcome these limitations, we constructed a corneal stromal equivalent with SMILE-derived lenticules and fibrin glue. In vitro cell culture revealed that the corneal stromal equivalent could provide a suitable scaffold for the survival and proliferation of corneal epithelial cells, which formed a continuous pluristratified epithelium with the expression of characteristic markers...
2016: Scientific Reports
Y F Zhou, L Liu, Z Y Gu, B Y Zhao, R F Liao
Objective: To study the clinical outcome of autologous ipsilateral lamellar corneal-flap transposition for treatment of peripheral corneal perforation. Methods: Medical records of 13 patients who underwent autologous ipsilateral lamellar corneal-flap transposition for peripheral corneal perforation from January 2008 to February 2015 were retrospectively reviewed. The diameter of the corneal ulcers was all ≤ 3.0 mm, and the diameter of perforations was all ≤ 2.0 mm. All patients were followed up for 3-12 months with an average of 8 months...
September 11, 2016: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
Takaaki Hattori, Hiroki Takahashi, Reza Dana
Dendritic cells (DCs) are antigen-presenting cells that normally play a critical role in stimulating T-cell-dependent immune responses. However, tolerogenic DCs (CD11cMHC-IICD80CD86) induce immune tolerance by stimulating regulatory T cells (Tregs: CD4CD25Foxp3). Although tolerogenic DCs are used to treat autoimmune diseases and to prevent transplantation rejection, the mechanisms by which they regulate alloimmunity are poorly understood. Here, we review our previous studies aiming to elucidate the mechanisms involved in immune rejection of corneal allografts using a corneal transplant model...
November 2016: Cornea
Itay Lavy, Robert M Verdijk, Marieke Bruinsma, Hein F Sleddens, Silke Oellerich, Perry S Binder, Gerrit R J Melles
PURPOSE: To identify the origin of corneal endothelial cells (host or donor) present on grafts at various time points after Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK), using fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) of sex chromosomes on post mortem corneas with sex mismatch between the donor and host. METHODS: Corneoscleral buttons of 6 post mortem DMEK eyes of 4 patients, operated for Fuchs endothelial dystrophy, with an average postoperative time of 2...
September 8, 2016: Cornea
Belghmaidi Sarah, Hajji Ibtissam, Baali Mohammed, Soummane Hasna, Moutaouakil Abdeljalil
Introduction. Corneal neovessels are a major risk factor for corneal graft rejection, due to the loss of the immune privilege. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of intrastromal injection of bevacizumab in the treatment of corneal neovascularization. Material and Methods. This is a prospective study that included 25 eyes of 22 patients with deep corneal neovessels, treated with intrastromal injections of bevacizumab. Results. The average age of patients was 31 years ranging from 16 to 44 years...
2016: Journal of Ophthalmology
Lisanne Ham, Isabel Dapena, Vasilis S Liarakos, Lamis Baydoun, Korine van Dijk, Abbas Ilyas, Silke Oellerich, Gerrit R J Melles
PURPOSE: To evaluate the mid-term outcomes of Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) up to 4-7 years postoperatively. DESIGN: Retrospective, consecutive interventional case series. METHODS: A total of 250 consecutive eyes of 209 patients who underwent DMEK at our institute and had potentially at least 4 years of follow-up. Main outcome measures were best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), endothelial cell density (ECD), central corneal thickness (CCT), graft survival rate and postoperative complications...
September 5, 2016: American Journal of Ophthalmology
Lamis Baydoun, Eitan Livny, Lisanne Ham, Marieke Bruinsma, Gerrit R J Melles
PURPOSE: To describe the use of 360-degree Scheimpflug imaging as a diagnostic tool for detection and documentation of subtle corneal changes preceding upcoming allograft rejection after Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK). METHODS: A total of 17 eyes (16 patients) were diagnosed with clinically manifest allograft rejection 2 to 42 months after DMEK. 360-degree Scheimpflug images of consecutive follow-up examinations (from 3-60 mo) of "asymptomatic" eyes before, during, and after rejection were retrospectively analyzed, to determine which abnormalities could be detected before allograft rejection became clinically manifest...
November 2016: Cornea
Qin Qin, Dan Luo, Yunjie Shi, Qingqing Zhao, Yuan Chen, Jing Wu, Min Zhao
Corneal graft rejection is the major reason for transplant failure. CD25 plays an important role in the induction of corneal graft rejection by regulating CD4(+) T cell function. Furthermore, CD25-mediated signaling is closely associated with the expression of Treg cytokines (IL-10, TGF-β) and Th1 cytokines (IFN-γ, IL-1β, and TNF-α). In the current study, corneal transplantation was performed on Wistar rats as donors and Sprague-Dawley rats as recipients. The survival curves indicated that CD25 siRNA treatment significantly prolonged graft survival time (mean survival time [MST], 14...
October 2016: Experimental Eye Research
Adriano Fasolo, Emilio Pedrotti, Mattia Passilongo, Giorgio Marchini, Cristina Monterosso, Roberto Zampini, Elisabetta Bohm, Federica Birattari, Antonella Franch, Vanessa Barbaro, Marina Bertolin, Claudia Breda, Enzo Di Iorio, Barbara Ferrari, Stefano Ferrari, Mauro Meneguzzi, Diego Ponzin
PURPOSE: To evaluate the safety and effectiveness of ex vivo autologous cultured limbal stem cell transplantation (CLET). METHODS: We reviewed the clinical records of 59 consecutive patients treated with 65 CLETs. Efficacy was graded 1 year after surgery as successful, partially successful or failed. A safety analysis was performed considering side effects and complications that were recorded during the first year after CLET and those reported later than 1 year, including the events related to subsequent treatments...
August 19, 2016: British Journal of Ophthalmology
Arjun B Sood, Matthew R Debiec, Steven Yeh, Hans E Grossniklaus, J Bradley Randleman
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to report a case of microsporidial endophthalmitis after penetrating keratoplasty in a healthy patient and discuss the management. METHODS: This is a case report. RESULTS: A 69-year-old healthy male underwent penetrating keratoplasty for corneal scar secondary to herpes stromal keratitis. He presented with features of acute graft rejection 3 years later. After failure of medical management, a repeat full thickness keratoplasty was performed...
December 2016: Journal of Ophthalmic Inflammation and Infection
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