Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty in a child.
We present the case of a 9-year-old patient with corneal decompensation that was treated with Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) and followed for 18 months. Although the procedure has been used successfully in adult populations, to our knowledge, this is the first report of DSAEK with long-term follow-up in a child. The outcome suggests that endothelial keratoplasty may be a good alternative to penetrating keratoplasty in children. Endothelial keratoplasty is a new form of corneal transplantation that promises faster visual recovery compared with penetrating keratoplasty. With endothelial keratoplasty, the corneal architecture is preserved; therefore, large spherical and astigmatic errors are not induced, and stable refraction is achieved earlier in the course of therapy.
Fernandez, MM; Buckley, EG; Afshari, NA
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