Sugar et al identified factors in a corneal graft recipient which may increase the risk of graft failure. This can help to identify a patient who may benefit from closer monitoring or more aggressive management. The authors are members of the Cornea Donor Study Investigator Group from multiple universities in the United States.


Factors in a recipient that may be associated with an increased risk of graft failure:

(1) pseudoaphakic and aphakic corneal edema, especially if there is an intra-ocular lens in the anterior chamber

(2) non-Caucasian race (including Hispanic)

(3) history of glaucoma surgery


The more risk factors that are present, the greater the risk of failure for the transplanted corneal graft.


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