Korean J Ophthalmol.  1991 Dec;5(2):83-87. 10.3341/kjo.1991.5.2.83.

A tectonic keratoprosthesis using expanded polytetrafluoroethylene as a supporting skirt in humans

  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.


A tectonic keratoplasty was performed with a keratoprosthesis using expanded polytetrafluoroethylene as a supporting skirt, on the left eye of a 23-year-old woman who needed an emergency corneal transplantation due to corneal perforation. The keratoprosthesis implanted, consisted of a supporting skirt which was made of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), and an optic portion which was made of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). The optic portion and the supporting skirt were attached by cyanoacrylate tissue adhesive (Histoacryl(R)). Two months post-operatively, the keratoprosthesis was extruded, leaving an opacified, vascularized cornea. A penetrating keratoplasty was performed 1 month later. The excised cornea was composed of granulation tissue. To our knowledge, this is the first case of tectonic keratoprosthesis using expanded PTFE as a supporting skirt in humans.


tectonic keratoprosthesis; expanded polytetrafluoroethylene
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