Successful DMEK After Intraoperative Graft Inversion CORNEA Yu, C. Q., Ta, C. N., Terry, M. A., Lin, C. C. 2015; 34 (1): 97-98


Hardiness of a Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) graft is not well established. The aim of this study was to report a case of graft survival after intraoperative inversion.We describe a case of a 76-year-old man with Fuchs corneal dystrophy who underwent DMEK in the left eye. After deployment of the graft and a 15-minute sulfur hexafluoride gas fill, the graft was noted to be inverted. The graft was then reoriented and properly positioned.Because of progressive graft detachment, rebubble was required at 2 weeks after surgery. At 2 months after surgery, the graft was clear and fully adherent. Specular microscopy revealed 27.9% endothelial cell loss of the donor cornea.Despite intraoperative inversion, this DMEK graft remained viable without excessive endothelial cell loss.

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