Sixty-three penetrating keratoplasties were performed in 63 patients using donor corneas stored by 37°C organ culture incubation for an average of 13 days (range 2 to 35 days). No grafts failed before 4 wk, except 1 which was stored at 4°C for 48 hr prior to transplantation, indicating that endothelial viability is maintained when proper storage conditions are maintained. Sixteen grafts have failed as a result of factors other than the storage method. This clinical study confirms the authors' previous laboratory conclusions that 37°C OC incubation up to 35 days improves the quality of donor endothelium compared with other methods of storage, and it represents a significant advance in corneal preservation.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Transactions of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1976|