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Postkeratoplasty emergency visits - A review of 100 consecutive visits

Lookup NU author(s): Anthony Hildreth, Professor Francisco FigueiredoORCiD


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Purpose: Preoperative counselling for penetrating keratoplasty should include awareness of symptoms and signs of possible complications as early presentation can enhance long-term success. In our corneal transplantation service, all patients are routinely instructed to arrange a same day emergency visit through a dedicated telephone line if they experience any symptoms in eyes that have undergone keratoplasty. This study was designed to evaluate the reason for presentation, management outcome of each visit and the efficiency of the system in management of postkeratoplasty complications. Methods: A review of 100 consecutive emergency visits by postpenetrating keratoplasty (PKP) patients in a tertiary eye care centre was included. Results: Sixty-two patients with varied preoperative diagnoses presented during the review period. Sixteen visits were within the first month after surgery and 40 visits within the first year. Ten patients (16%) sought consultation more than twice during the study period with one patient presenting five times. Pain and grittiness were the main presenting symptoms (68%). Loose corneal suture (25%) necessitating removal was the most common diagnosis. Sixteen visits resulted in hospital admission for treatment. The graft survived in all patients and the visual acuity was preserved in 95% of our patients. Conclusion: Most corneal surgeons educate their patients to seek prompt treatment for symptoms such as redness, sensitivity to light, loss of vision, pain, or any other symptoms in eyes that have undergone keratoplasty. Early intervention of sight threatening complications increases the chance of graft survival and best-obtained vision. This review shows a simple open access system facilitates early presentation and successful management of postgraft complications.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Gnanaraj L, Sandhu S, Hildreth AJ, Figueiredo FC

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Eye

Year: 2007

Volume: 21

Issue: 8

Pages: 1028-1032

Print publication date: 01/08/2007

ISSN (print): 0950-222X

ISSN (electronic): 1476-5454


DOI: 10.1038/sj.eye.6702546

PubMed id: 16936644