By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Clinical Trials Week -- Current study results on Cornea Research have been published. According to news reporting originating from Sacramento, California, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "To report the results of imaging using high-resolution, Fourier domain anterior segment optical coherence tomography (AS-OCT) to evaluate patients with a type 1 Boston Keratoprosthesis (KPro). We performed a retrospective comparative study of patients in whom we implanted the Boston KPro."
Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the University of California, "A total of 26 eyes of 23 patients from the Cornea Service at the University of California Davis Eye Center were included. Subjects were evaluated with the Spectralis AS-OCT (Heidelberg Engineering GmbH). Preoperative diagnoses for KPro surgery included failed corneal transplant (69%), chemical burn (23%), and aniridia (8%). The average age of patients was 63.2 years (range, 17-88 years). Fifty-four percent of the patients were female. The mean duration between the KPro surgery and the acquisition of high-resolution AS-OCT imaging was 35.8 months (range, 2-90 months). The most commonly observed finding was retroprosthetic membrane formation, which we found in 77% of KPro eyes. In 65% of KPro eyes, we identified epithelium behind the front plate, and in 54%, we identified an epithelial lip over the anterior surface of the KPro front plate. In 31% of KPro eyes, we identified periprosthetic cysts, gaps or spaces, and thinning in the corneal carrier graft. Fourier domain AS-OCT is a useful noninvasive imaging technique in patients with a KPro and provides the ability to identify changes that are sometimes difficult to appreciate by clinical evaluation. The higher resolution Fourier domain systems may aid in the clinical diagnosis and management of pathology that might not be imaged with instruments of lower resolution. AS-OCT has the potential for monitoring the anatomic stability of an implanted KPro and may also help to monitor for complications."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Moreover, high-resolution imaging may enhance our understanding of periprosthetic anatomy."
For more information on this research see: High-resolution spectral domain anterior segment optical coherence tomography in type 1 Boston keratoprosthesis. Cornea, 2013;32(7):951-5. (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins - www.lww.com; Cornea - journals.lww.com/corneajrnl/pages/default.aspx)
The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting B.L. Shapiro, Dept. of Ophthalmology and Vision Science, University of California Davis Health System Eye Center, Sacramento, CA 95817, United States. Additional authors for this research include D.E. Cortes, E.K. Chin, J.Y. Li, J.S. Werner, E. Redenbo and M.J Mannis (see also Cornea Research).
Keywords for this news article include: Surgery, Sacramento, California, United States, Cornea Research, Imaging Technology, North and Central America, Clinical Trials and Studies, Optical Coherence Tomography.
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