Navigation Links
Study Rates Success of Corneal Transplants in Kids
Date:3/1/2011

TUESDAY, March 1 (HealthDay News) -- Most youths who are given a corneal transplant register improvements in vision that should positively affect their everyday life, though the individual benefits may vary, according to Australian researchers.

The researchers examined outcomes among 640 infants, children and teens who received new corneas between 1985 and 2009. Transplants were considered successful if they significantly improved vision and if the new corneas remained healthy for 10 years or more.

The highest success rate was seen in teens who were treated for keratoconus, which is degeneration of the structure of the cornea. Among youths included in the study, the condition was the reason for 86 percent of corneal transplants in those 13 to 19 years old.

Among the teens who had a corneal transplant because of keratoconus, 75 percent achieved 20/40 vision or better, including some who subsequently needed glasses, contact lenses or vision-correcting surgery, and 90 percent still had viable corneas after 10 years, the study found.

However, the researchers found a success rate for children younger than 5 years of just 50 percent, which they said was mostly likely attributable to the illnesses that had made the transplants necessary. They noted that many of these children had serious developmental disorders.

Success rates for children 5 to 12 years old were similar to those for adults who received corneal transplants for similar reasons.

Fewer than 40 percent of children younger than 5 had functional corneas 16 years after transplantation, compared with 70 percent of children ages 5 to 12 at 22 years after transplantation.

"Vision improvement was substantial for children of all age groups in whom grafts succeeded, and we can safely assume this had a significant positive impact on their social and educational development," study leader Keryn A. Williams said in a news release from the American Academy of Opthalmology. The findings are published in the March issue of the academy's journal, Ophthalmology.

"From the available pre-surgery vision records, we know that before their transplants most kids had 20/200 vision (defined as legally blind), and after surgery 60 to 80 percent of them attained 20/40 or better and maintained this improvement for up to 15 years," she added.

More information

The National Keratoconus Foundation has more about keratoconus.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Ophthalmology, news release, March 1, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Half of U.S. Men Infected With HPV, Study Reveals
2. A small subset of normal white blood cells gives rise to a rare leukemia, study shows
3. Study: Happiness improves health and lengthens life
4. New study: Medical and financial impact of drug-related poisonings treated in US EDs
5. Study links vitamin D to lung cancer survival
6. Global ISU study: Invasive species widespread, but not more than at home range
7. Sugary Drinks Might Raise Hypertension Risk: Study
8. Hospital use of virtual colonoscopy is on the rise, study suggests
9. For Severe Sinusitis, Oral Steroids an Option, Study Says
10. Stress May Help Spur Weight Gain in New Moms, Study Finds
11. Study finds close linkage between a rare, deadly lung condition and blood cell abnormalities
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Study Rates Success of Corneal Transplants in Kids
(Date:2/27/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 27, 2017 , ... Robert E. ... large medical group. But his impoverished upbringing and life experiences could have led him ... a Physician: Insightful and Inspirational Tales of Parenting, Perseverance and Pediatrics,” Dr. Burke shares ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... ... February 27, 2017 , ... Orange County ... chronic inflammatory gum condition that occurs when the bacteria in plaque infect the gums ... to as a scaling and root planing or SRP, and can include surgical therapies ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Sunshine Coast Health Centre (SCHC), one of ... https://www.sunshinecoasthealthcentre.ca/ , is proud to announce the addition of a registered massage ... commitment to innovation in drug rehab and alcohol treatment strategies beyond a "punishment" ...
(Date:2/26/2017)... ... February 26, 2017 , ... Today, A' Design Awards & ... International Social Design Awards. , The 7th A' Social Design Award is ... Institutions worldwide with realized projects and conceptual works. , The first phase of ...
(Date:2/26/2017)... ... February 26, 2017 , ... ... technology standard in staffing, scheduling, and reporting for healthcare organizations. This comprehensive ... throughout the entire staffing process. StaffBridge technology improves staffing efficiency, maximizes resource ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/27/2017)... , Feb. 27, 2017  A ... P. Vallely , MBBS, PhD, FRACS, of  Sydney ... University of Sydney will be published in ... of the American College of Cardiology ... beating heart bypass surgery technique (anOPCABG) reduced ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... Biophysics Corporation, a global medical device manufacturer based in ... growth in 2016 when compared to the previous year based ... fueled by its AffloVest® sales in the United ... global sales of surgical product lines. Said H. ... 25 th year in delivering high-quality, innovative medical devices ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... ROCKVILLE, Md. , Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... "RegeneRx"), a clinical-stage drug development company focused on ... its licensee for RGN-137, GtreeBNT Co., Ltd., received ... its Phase 3 clinical trial design for RGN-137 ... dermal wound healing gel that incorporates Thymosin beta ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: