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A combined technique for surgical repair of Descemet's membrane detachments.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16898389     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Descemet's membrane detachments are an uncommon complication after cataract surgery that can result in severe visual loss. A combined technique of intracameral gas injection and transcorneal suturing for the repair of Descemet's membrane detachments is described. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this interventional case series, four cases of Descemet's membrane detachments with associated corneal edema observed following cataract surgery were successfully repaired using a combined technique of intracameral gas injection and transcorneal suturing. RESULTS: In all cases, Descemet's membranes were successfully reattached using the aforementioned technique. In three cases, the associated corneal edema resolved postoperatively. In the fourth case, the patient required a penetrating keratoplasty for persistent corneal edema despite immediate anatomical success following reattachment. CONCLUSIONS: Combined intracameral gas and transcorneal suturing appears to be an effective technique in the repair of Descemet's membrane detachments. Early intervention may prevent persistent or recurrent corneal edema.
Bennie H Jeng; David M Meisler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ophthalmic surgery, lasers & imaging : the official journal of the International Society for Imaging in the Eye     Volume:  37     ISSN:  1542-8877     ISO Abbreviation:  Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging     Publication Date:    2006 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-08-10     Completed Date:  2006-08-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101155780     Medline TA:  Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  291-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, OH 44195, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Combined Modality Therapy
Corneal Edema / etiology
Descemet Membrane / injuries*
Eye Injuries / drug therapy*,  etiology,  surgery*
Phacoemulsification / adverse effects
Postoperative Complications*
Sulfur Hexafluoride / administration & dosage*
Suture Techniques*
Visual Acuity
Reg. No./Substance:
2551-62-4/Sulfur Hexafluoride

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