Clinical Outcome and Recurrence of Epithelial Basement Membrane Dystrophy after Phototherapeutic Keratectomy A Cross-sectional Study
2011 (English)In: OPHTHALMOLOGY, ISSN 0161-6420, Vol. 118, no 3, 515-522 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective: To evaluate the outcome of phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) treatment of epithelial basement membrane dystrophy (EBMD) patients and to examine clinical and morphologic signs of recurrent dystrophy. Design: Cross-sectional, clinic-based study. Participants: Fifty-two eyes of 39 patients diagnosed with EBMD who underwent PTK between 2001 and 2008. Methods: Preoperative symptoms, best spectacle-corrected visual acuity (BSCVA), and refraction data were collected. At follow-up, refraction and BSCVA were measured, symptoms were noted, and slit-lamp biomicroscopy and in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM) were performed. Main Outcome Measures: Best spectacle-corrected visual acuity and signs of recurrent EBMD based on symptoms and morphologic features. An assessment of EBMD severity after PTK additionally was considered. Results: Mean follow-up time was 43 months (range, 7-100 months). After PTK, BSCVA remained unchanged or improved in 49 (98%) of 51 eyes. Twenty-four (46%) of 52 eyes had recurrence of some form, and recurrence was correlated positively with postoperative time (P andlt; 0.001). Symptomatic recurrence occurred in 7 eyes (13%), whereas morphologic recurrence occurred in 21 eyes (40%). Symptoms were coupled with positive IVCM findings in 3 (43%) of 7 cases and with slit-lamp findings in 1 (14%) of 7 cases. Of 17 eyes with morphologic recurrence by IVCM, 9 eyes (53%) were classified as having grade 1 recurrence, 8 eyes (47%) were classified as having grade 2 recurrence, and none were classified as having grade 3 recurrence. Morphologic recurrence was associated with epithelial removal by laser ablation before PTK. Conclusions: Although PTK is an effective method of alleviating the clinical symptoms of EBMD, the dystrophy can recur with time. The relationship between the postoperative development of clinical symptoms and the corneal morphologic features is complex and requires further investigation.
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Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. , 2011. Vol. 118, no 3, 515-522 p.
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-66860DOI: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2010.07.003ISI: 000287964400015OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-66860DiVA: diva2:405323
Original Publication: Johan Germundsson, Per Fagerholm and Neil Lagali, Clinical Outcome and Recurrence of Epithelial Basement Membrane Dystrophy after Phototherapeutic Keratectomy A Cross-sectional Study, 2011, OPHTHALMOLOGY, (118), 3, 515-522. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ophtha.2010.07.003 Copyright: Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. http://www.elsevier.com/2011-03-222011-03-212014-04-30