Clinical backgrounds of postoperative keratoplasty patients with spontaneous wound dehiscence or gaps after suture removal

Shota Fujii, Yukihiro Matsumoto, Masaki Fukui, Junichi Fujitake, Tetsuya Kawakita, Shigeto Shimmura, Kazuo Tsubota

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Abstract

Purpose: To report that spontaneous postkeratoplasty wound dehiscence or gaps caused by suture removal may occur years after penetrating and deep lamellar keratoplasty. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 667 keratoplasty patients (890 eyes). This study included 8 eyes of 8 patients (3 men and 5 women) aged 64 to 86 years who suffered from spontaneous wound dehiscence or gaps caused by suture removal. We examined their clinical backgrounds such as surgical procedure, reason for suture removal, and time interval between keratoplasty and suture removal. Results: The surgical procedures included 6 penetrating keratoplasties and 2 deep anterior lamellar keratoplasties. The most common reason for suture removal was high corneal astigmatism. Time interval between keratoplasty and suture removal was 15.9 ± 7.7 months (7-26 months). Three patients underwent suture removal from 6 months to 1 year after keratoplasty, 3 patients from 1 to 2 years, and 2 patients after more than 2 years. Conclusions: Whenever postoperative keratoplasty suture is removed, it is important to consider that wound dehiscence or gaps may occur without incidence of trauma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1320-1323
Number of pages4
JournalCornea
Volume33
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1

Keywords

  • Suture removal
  • Words: keratoplasty
  • Wound dehiscence
  • Wound gap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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