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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 685-686

Keratoprosthesis optic and carrier corneal graft “noncontact” as a cause of sterile stromal necrosis in a case of Auro KPro implantation

Department of Ophthalmology, Advanced Eye Centre, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

Date of Submission13-Oct-2018
Date of Acceptance08-Jan-2019
Date of Web Publication22-Apr-2019

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Dr. Chintan Malhotra
Department of Ophthalmology, Advanced Eye Centre, Room No. 125, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh - 160 012
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1713_18

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Keywords: Auro KPro, Boston keratoprosthesis, graft melt, keratoprosthesis, noncontact, stromal necrosis

How to cite this article:
Malhotra C, Dhingra D, Jain AK. Keratoprosthesis optic and carrier corneal graft “noncontact” as a cause of sterile stromal necrosis in a case of Auro KPro implantation. Indian J Ophthalmol 2019;67:685-6

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Malhotra C, Dhingra D, Jain AK. Keratoprosthesis optic and carrier corneal graft “noncontact” as a cause of sterile stromal necrosis in a case of Auro KPro implantation. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Jul 5];67:685-6. Available from: http://www.ijo.in/text.asp?2019/67/5/685/256675

  Case Report Top

A 50-year-old female with bilateral vascularized corneal opacity and associated limbal stem cell deficiency developed in early childhood following a viral exanthema [Figure 1]a and [Figure 1]b underwent left eye extracapsular cataract extraction with primary implantation of aphakic Auro KPro (Auro KPro cornea; Aurolab, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India), an Indian version of Boston keratoprosthesis (Boston KPro I; Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA, USA). There was no clinical evidence of dry eye, trachoma, or cicatricial pemphigoid. Schirmer score was 30 mm. Primary implantation of keratoprosthesis was considered as it was a high-risk case for graft failure because of heavily vascularized corneal opacity with associated limbal stem-cell deficiency. A 14-mm diameter bandage contact lens (BCL) was placed at the end of procedure and was continued in the postoperative period with monthly replacement. During the course, the patient had contact lens losses and BCL was replaced each time. She achieved best-corrected visual acuity of 6/60 with − 5.00 DS. An area of noncontact, however, was noted from 6 to 9 O' clock hours between the KPro optic and carrier graft in the immediate postoperative period, evidenced by the presence of air bubble underneath the anterior rim of the optic [Figure 1]c. Anterior segment optical coherence tomography (ASOCT) (Heidelberg Engineering GmbH, Germany) demonstrated a significant gap and entrapped air bubble [Figure 1]d. After an initial uneventful clinical course, the patient reported with symptoms of discomfort and watering 4 months postoperatively at which time a localized area of ulceration in the carrier corneal graft at 7 O' clock was detected [Figure 1]e. The patient had contact lens loss at that time. Infection was ruled out by taking corneal scrapings from the bed and edges of melt which was negative for bacterial or fungal microorganisms. The area of melt progressively increased despite tarsorrhaphy and tenon's flap advancement [Figure 1]f.
Figure 1: (a and b) Bilateral vascularized corneal opacity. (c) Area of noncontact from 6 to 9 O' clock with presence of air bubble visible beneath the KPro optic (arrow). (d) ASOCT showing potential space between optic and carrier graft with entrapped air bubble (arrow). (e) Area of graft melt at 7 O' clock position (arrow). (f) Area of graft melt from 6 to 9 O' clock hours (arrows)

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Explantation of keratoprosthesis–carrier–graft complex and replacement with a new keratoprosthesis of same design and model and fresh carrier graft was then performed paying meticulous attention to the assembly of all the components. Keratoprosthesis optic was well apposed with no gap visible on slit lamp examination [Figure 2]a. ASOCT at 3 months, however, still revealed a small gap, which was much less [Figure 2]b. At 1 year, no gap was seen on ASOCT and keratoprosthesis–carrier graft assembly was well in place [Figure 2]c.
Figure 2: (a) Slit lamp photograph at 3 months showing well-apposed carrier graft and KPro optic after repeat surgery. (b) ASOCT at 3 months showing a small gap (arrow). (c) ASOCT at 1 year with well-apposed carrier graft and optic without any gap (arrow)

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  Discussion Top

A 16%–30% incidence of stromal necrosis with Boston keratoprosthesis type 1 has been reported[1],[2],[3] with sterile melts often being located centrally because of the farthest distance from aqueous humour for nutrition while peripheral melts may occur in cases with poor contact lens fitting.[4] In the present case, the large gap between the optic front plate and the carrier corneal graft probably led to inadequate wetting and tear film stasis in the affected area predisposing to desiccation and dellen formation with subsequent tissue necrosis and ulceration. Due to lack of biointegration of the PMMA device with the carrier corneal donor tissue, even in apparently well-apposed keratoprosthesis–corneal tissue assemblies, upto 44% of cases have been reported to have a measurable gap of 8–104 μm on ASOCT.[5] Although the extent of vertical gap likely to result in a significant increase of adverse events requires further studies, any potential space between the optic front plate or stem and carrier graft also remains a conduit for microorganisms or proteolytic enzymes responsible for carrier graft melt.[5] A meticulous attention to assembly of the keratoprosthesis–corneal tissue complex may help in reducing this complication of sterile stromal ulceration and subsequent necrosis.

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  References Top

Aldave AJ, Kamal KM, Vo RC, Yu F. The boston type I keratoprosthesis: Improving outcomes and expanding indications. Ophthalmology 2009;116:640-51.  Back to cited text no. 1
Chew HF, Ayres BD, Hammersmith KM, Rapuano CJ, Laibson PR, Myers JS, et al. Boston keratoprosthesisoutcomes and complications. Cornea 2009;28:989-96.  Back to cited text no. 2
Sejpal K, Yu F, Aldave AJ. The bostonkeratoprosthesis in the management of corneal limbal stem cell deficiency. Cornea 2011;30:1187-9.  Back to cited text no. 3
Harissi-Dagher M, Khan BF, Schaumberg DA, Dohlman CH. Importance of nutrition to corneal grafts when used as a carrier of the bostonkeratoprosthesis. Cornea 2007;26:564-8.  Back to cited text no. 4
Fernandez AGA, Radcliffe NM, Sippel KC, Rosenblatt MI, Sood P, Starr CE, et al. Boston type I keratoprosthesis–donor cornea interface evaluated by high definition spectral domain anterior segment optical coherence tomography. ClinOphthalmol 2012;6:1355-9.  Back to cited text no. 5


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