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Transplantation of Cultivated Limbal Epithelium on Amniotic Membrane for Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency

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Singapore Eye Research Institute
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Singapore National Eye Centre Identifier:
First received: July 3, 2006
Last updated: NA
Last verified: January 2002
History: No changes posted
To evaluate the effectiveness of autologous (tissue from fellow eye) transplantation of cultivated limbal epithelium on amniotic membrane to treat severe surface irregularity and scarring of the corneal surface.

Condition Intervention Phase
Ocular Surface Disease Procedure: Transplantation of cultivated limbal epithelium Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Transplantation of Ex-Vivo Expanded Human Limbal Epithelial Stem Cells (LSC) on Amniotic Membrane (AM) for Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency (LSCD).

Further study details as provided by Singapore National Eye Centre:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Snellen visual acuity
  • corneal epithelial integrity and stability

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • extent of retarding recurrent neovascularisation

Estimated Enrollment: 8
Study Start Date: May 2002
Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2006
Detailed Description:

The corneal epithelium is under constant cell-turnover,and it has been shown that the limbus is the ultimate source of epithelial renewal. Significant damage to limbal cells causes a disease state called limbal stem cell deficiency(LSCD),characterized by different extents of conjunctival overgrowth onto cornea, vascularization, chronic inflammation, and poor epithelial integrity.

In unilateral LSCD, the damaged corneal surface may be reconstructed using two large segments of healthy limbal tissue (of approximately 6-8mm by 1mm) from the fellow eye in the procedure of conventional limbal transplantation.This may however compromise ocular surface integrity of the healthy eye depending on the amount of donated limbus. In more recent years, it has been possible to "save" limbal tissue by obtaining only a very small limbal biopsy (2mm by 1mm) from the fellow healthy eye which is "expanded" into a viable sheet of limbal cells via laboratory cultivation.This cultivated sheet of cells is transplanted to treat the damaged ocular surface.

This study is a prospective nonrandomized trial which evaluates the efficacy of transplantation of autologous ex-vivo expanded limbal epithelium on intact amniotic membrane for unilateral total limbal stem cell deficiency.


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • unilateral total limbal stem cell deficiency with normal fellow eye, or minimally damaged fellow eye (less than 1/3 limbus affected)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • systemic disease affecting both eyes such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00348114

Sponsors and Collaborators
Singapore National Eye Centre
Singapore Eye Research Institute
Principal Investigator: Seng-Ei Ti, FRCS(Ed) Singapore National Eye Centre
Study Director: Donald TH Tan, FRCS(G) Singapore Eye Research Institute and Singapore National Eye Centre
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00348114     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R260/05/2002
Study First Received: July 3, 2006
Last Updated: July 3, 2006

Keywords provided by Singapore National Eye Centre:
transplantation ex-vivo expanded limbal epithelium
limbal deficiency processed this record on August 23, 2017