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Comparison of Two Techniques in Achieving Corneal Graft

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University Hospital, Rouen Identifier:
First received: April 25, 2012
Last updated: October 7, 2016
Last verified: October 2016

The cornea is a transparent membrane, half a millimeter thick, embedded as a window in front of the eye.

When the eye becomes opaque, the eye is not seeing and the only way to restore the visual acuity is to replace the cornea by performing a graft (4000 surgeries per year in France). In half the cases the opacification of the cornea is secondary to dysfunction of the endothelium, cell layer of 15 μm thickness, covering its posterior surface, in charge of regulating the moisture of the corneal thickness and therefore its transparency.

While the total corneal transplantation has long been the only intervention for these diseases, it is now possible, from 4-5 years, to replace only the very thin: it is called endothelial transplant or graft lamellar later. This intervention is now experiencing significant success as it reduces very significantly the incidence of complications found after transplantation of total cornea and the visual recovery period. This type of transplant is still difficult to achieve and the best technique is not yet established.

Indeed, posterior lamellar transplantation of the cornea may be done manually or using an automated device. Manual techniques allow the preparation of grafts extremely thin but are difficult to achieve while the automatic techniques, easier, prepare thicker grafts that may be less efficient in visual recovery.

The aim of this project is to conduct a prospective study in order to compare these two techniques in terms of postoperative visual recovery and the vitality of the graft during the first year. To date, there is no such study.

The department of Ophthalmology in the University Hospital of Rouen is one of the most famous French teams in the field of cornea transplants and receives many patients from different French regions. The recruitment of 40 patients needed to study should be done without great difficulty over a period of 18 months.

Condition Intervention
Fuch's Endothelial Dystrophy Procedure: Endothelial descemet membrane graft

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Comparison of Manual and Automated Techniques in Achieving Posterior Lamellar Transplantation of the Cornea

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Further study details as provided by University Hospital, Rouen:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Measurement of visual acuity [ Time Frame: 1 year ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Occular hypertension [ Time Frame: Day 7, Day 15, Month 1, Month 2, Month 6, 1 year ]
    Measurement of occular hypertension

  • Measurement of visual acuity [ Time Frame: Month 1, Month 2, Month 6 ]
  • Partial or complete graft detachment [ Time Frame: Day 7, Day 15, Month 1, Month 2, Month 6, 1 year ]
    % of detachment

  • Necessity of air injection [ Time Frame: Day 7, Day 15, Month 1, Month 2, Month 6, 1 year ]
    Necessity of air injection : yes/no

  • Defeat of the graft [ Time Frame: Day 7, Day 15, Month 1, Month 2, Month 6, 1 year ]
    Defeat of the graft : yes/no

Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: June 2012
Study Completion Date: August 2016
Primary Completion Date: August 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Manual preparation
Manual preparation of the graft
Procedure: Endothelial descemet membrane graft
Standard Endothelial descemet membrane graft
Active Comparator: Automatized preparation
Automatized preparation of the graft with microkeratoma
Procedure: Endothelial descemet membrane graft
Standard Endothelial descemet membrane graft


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • men and woman
  • 18 years old or more
  • Patient having been informed about the study and having signed a non-opposition to the participation

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patient presenting an associated eye pathology previously known and able to limit the visual recovery (age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, ...)
  • Pregnant women, parturient or breast feeding
  • refusal to participate in the study
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01610973

UH Rouen
Rouen, France, 76031
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital, Rouen
Principal Investigator: Marc MURAINE, Pr UH Rouen
  More Information

Responsible Party: University Hospital, Rouen Identifier: NCT01610973     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2010/084/HP
Study First Received: April 25, 2012
Last Updated: October 7, 2016

Keywords provided by University Hospital, Rouen:
Fuch's dystrophy
Corneal graft

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Fuchs' Endothelial Dystrophy
Corneal Dystrophies, Hereditary
Corneal Diseases
Eye Diseases
Eye Diseases, Hereditary
Genetic Diseases, Inborn processed this record on September 21, 2017