Microscope-Integrated Optical Coherence Tomography-Guided Drainage of Acute Corneal Hydrops in Keratoconus Combined With Suturing and Gas-Aided Reattachment of Descemet Membrane


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Abstract

Purpose:The treatment of acute corneal hydrops due to keratoconus has so far been limited to awaiting the spontaneous resorption of corneal edema, supportive care, and finally keratoplasty. A recent publication describes the surgical reattachment of Descemet Membrane (DM) facilitated by pre-Descemetic sutures and anterior chamber air/gas filling. Here, we present a novel microscope-integrated intraoperative optical coherence tomography (MI-OCT)-guided technique for the immediate reattachment of DM in corneal hydrops due to keratoconus in 2 male patients with small central DM defects.Methods:Case series of 2 consecutive patients with acute corneal hydrops due to keratoconus. The novel technique consists of the MI-OCT-guided puncture and drainage of intrastromal fluid pockets combined with anterior chamber sulfur hexafluoride-fill and pre-descemetic sutures using a commercially available MI-OCT (iOCT; Haag Streit Surgical, Wedel, Germany).Results:After uneventful surgery, corneal edema showed fast resolution and DM was reattached to the corneal stroma. In both patient's central corneal thickness decreased after surgery and visual acuity improved.Conclusions:MI-OCT guided micropuncture of stromal edema combined with compression sutures and SF6 tamponade is a new therapeutic option in acute corneal hydrops with small Descemet membrane defects.

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