alexa Traumatic wound dehiscence after penetrating keratoplasty.
Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology

Journal of Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology

Author(s): Rohrbach JM, Steuhl KP

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BACKGROUND: Traumatic wound dehiscence after penetrating keratoplasty is probably underestimated. PATIENTS: From the files of the University Eye Hospital Tübingen (1981-1993), 15 patients with a traumatic wound dehiscence after penetrating keratoplasty were investigated. RESULTS: Latency between corneal grafting and wound rupture ranged from 1 month to 25 years (mean 6.2 years). Wound dehiscence was quite evenly distributed over the circle. Intraocular tissue was lost to a variable extent. Three eyes were primarily or secondarily enucleated. Seven eyes (47%) with an originally reduced but useful vision became blind or were removed. Most (67%) of the resutured grafts lost transparency. CONCLUSIONS: Traumatic wound dehiscence is a serious and not very rare complication after penetrating keratoplasty. Functional results are poor.

This article was published in Acta Ophthalmol Scand and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology

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