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Deep sclerectomy after DSAEK: A cautionary tale
  1. Aysha Salam
  1. Ophthalmology, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals NHS Trust, Liverpool, UK
  1. Correspondence to Ms Aysha Salam; aysha.salam320{at}


A 78-year-old pseudophakic women with pseudoexfoliation glaucoma and 6-year history of prior Descemet’s stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) underwent deep sclerectomy for a poorly controlled glaucoma. Exposure of the trabeculo-Descemet’s window (TDW), showed a very poor drainage. An attempt to dissect the fibrous tissue off the TDW resulted in perforation of the window needing peripheral iridectomy, followed by a white fibrous band which had to be excised to prevent blockade of the filtration channel. Postoperatively, there was complete detachment of the endothelial graft on day 1 with an intraocular pressure of 20 mm Hg. She was commenced on topical steroids and listed for a revisionary DSAEK in 6 weeks but when reviewed in a month postoperatively, a spontaneous reattachment of the endothelial graft was seen.

  • surgery
  • ophthalmology

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  • Contributors I am the surgeon who did this operation and I am responsible for the patient. I have written this case report.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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