ONE CORNEA TWO RECIPIENTS: FEEDING TWO BIRDS WITH ONE SCONE
Received 2022-03-06; Accepted 2022-06-27; Published 2023-01-27
Keywords:DSEK, patch graft, transplant, pseudophakic bullow keratopathy, limbal dermoid
The existing shortage of local donor corneas in our institution (University Malaya) and Malaysia, in general, prompted us to attempt the use of one donor cornea for two transplantation procedures; Descemet Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK) in a case of a pseudophakic bullous keratopathy (PBK) with underlying Fuchs endothelial dystrophy (FED) and lamellar patch graft in a case of limbal dermoid. The donor cornea was divided into anterior and posterior lamellae manually. The anterior corneal button was used as a patch graft for anterior lamellar keratoplasty in a 6-year-old patient with limbal dermoid, and the posterior corneal button was used for a DSEK procedure in a 68-year-old patient with corneal decompensation. Both patients had a stable and good visual outcome throughout a 1-year postoperative period. This allows the use of one corneal tissue by more than one recipient to overcome the shortage in donor corneas.
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