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14 April 2010

Corneal Transplant Not Hurt by Long Preservation Time

Finding on failure rates could aid surgeons who import donor tissue

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During the follow-up period, endothelial cell density of transplanted corneas decreased an average of 74 percent. The study found no additional cell loss between 15 and 20 years of follow-up. And, the risk for graft failure was lower in people diagnosed with keratoconus (a degenerative disorder in which the cornea becomes cone-shaped) than in those with endothelial dysfunction (a decrease in the number or performance of endothelial cells), said Dr. Sanjay V. Patel, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and his colleagues.


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