Early postoperative results of Descemet’s stripping endothelial keratoplasty in six dogs with corneal endothelial dystrophy

Gladys Boo, Cameron J.G. Whittaker, Kelly A. Caruso, Gregory Moloney, Evelyn Hall, Rajnesh Devasahayam, Sara M Thomasy, Jeffrey S. Smith

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Objective: To describe and assess the clinical outcome and intraoperative and postoperative complications of Descemet's stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK) in the treatment of canine corneal endothelial dystrophy. Animals Studied: Six dogs (six eyes) diagnosed with progressive corneal edema resulting from abnormal dystrophic endothelial cells underwent Descemet's stripping endothelial keratoplasty. Procedures: Six patients underwent Descemet's stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK). The patients were examined preoperatively and postoperatively at 24 hours, 7 days, 1, 2, and 3 months after surgery. Corneal edema and ultrasonic pachymetry were evaluated preoperatively and postoperatively. The positions of DSEK grafts were evaluated 3 months after surgery using optical coherence tomography. Intraoperative and postoperative complications were noted. Results: The degree of corneal edema and corneal thickness improved postoperatively in all the patients (n = 6). Fibrin was encountered intraoperatively in one out of the six eyes (1/6) and postoperatively in two out of the six eyes (2/6). One out of the six DSEK grafts was partially scrolled (1/6). Secondary ocular hypertension was observed in one out of the six eyes (1/6). Corneal vascularization was encountered in four out of six patients (4/6). Conclusions: Descemet's stripping endothelial keratoplasty is an effective surgical treatment option for corneal endothelial dystrophy in dogs. Corneal edema resolved and corneal thickness reduced significantly. The early postoperative results are encouraging. Further investigation is warranted to document any long-term complications and to study the longevity of the transplanted grafts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalVeterinary Ophthalmology
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • corneal endothelial dystrophy
  • Descemet’s stripping endothelial keratoplasty
  • dogs
  • pachymetry
  • pseudophakic bullous keratopathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)


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