Traumatic graft dehiscence after anterior lamellar keratoplasty

Pawan Prasher, Orkun Muftuoglu, V. Vinod Mootha

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A 64-year-old man underwent anterior lamellar keratoplasty using the Melles technique for corneal scar secondary to healed bacterial keratitis in the left eye. Two months postoperatively, the patient presented with blurry vision in the left eye after a fall in the bathroom. The uncorrected visual acuity was 20/400 in the left eye, and the external examination showed periorbital swelling with ecchymosis. Slit-lamp examination revealed an absent graft, a circular crater in the center, and a fragment of suture on the temporal edge of the crater. The Seidel test was negative, and there was no sign of infection. The anterior segment optical coherence tomography showed intact residual stroma with slight forward protrusion. The patient underwent repeat anterior lamellar corneal transplantation with improvement in uncorrected visual acuity of 20/100 and best spectacle-corrected visual acuity of 20/70 in the left eye 3 months postoperatively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)240-242
Number of pages3
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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