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Journal:   JOURNAL OF OPHTHALMIC AND VISION RESEARCH   JANUARY 2011 , Volume 6 , Number 1; Page(s) 5 To 7.
 
Paper: 

SPECULAR MICROSCOPIC FEATURES OF CORNEAL ENDOTHELIAL VACUOLATION

 
 
Author(s):  REZAEI KANAVI MOZHGAN*, JAVADI MOHAMMAD ALI, CHAMANI TAHEREH
 
* OPHTHALMIC RESEARCH CENTER, #23 PAIDARFARD ST., BOOSTAN 9 ST., PASDARAN, TEHRAN 16666, IRAN
 
Abstract: 
Purpose: To introduce a specular microscopic reference image for endothelial vacuolation in donated corneas.
Methods: Two corneas from a donor with diffuse, round to oval dark areas at the endothelial level on slit lamp biomicroscopy and one normal-appearing donor cornea underwent specular microscopy, histopathologic evaluation and transmission electron microscopy.
Results: Specular microscopy of the two corneas with abnormal-looking endothelium revealed large numbers of dark, round to oval structures within the endothelium in favor of endothelial vacuolation. Light microscopy disclosed variable sized cyst-like structures within the cytoplasm. Transmission electron microscopy showed electronlucent and relatively large-sized intracytoplasmic vacuoles. These features were not observed in the endothelium of the normal cornea.
Conclusion: The specular microscopic features of endothelial vacuolation in donated corneas were confirmed by light microscopy and transmission electron microscopy, therefore the specular image may be proposed as a reference to eye banks.
 
Keyword(s): SPECULAR MICROSCOPY, CORNEA, ENDOTHELIUM, VACUOLE
 
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