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Date: Tue Mar 18 9:34 AM, 2008
Where to get a cornea from?
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Hi. This is Adil from Islamabad, Pakistan. I'm suffering from bilateral keratoconus and have been recommended for penetrating keratoplasty. Treatment options for keratoconus in local hospitals is only limited to keratoplasty. Unfortunately, cornea tissue donations are not being received lately - maybe due to the political situation of the country. Can anyone advise me from where can I get hold of a cornea, so that I am able to have the transplant from the local doctors


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Adil



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Date: Tue Mar 18 2:00 PM, 2008
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Adil welcome

You posted this in the wrong section; itís in the right section now

Organ donation may not be the "in thing" in your country and so any number of varies organs needed for transplantation being difficult to source.

Ask your country's corneal surgeons if donor tissue can be supplied from a neighboring available country through any contacts they have. Also ask with your countryís own eye bank if it's possible to source donor tissue from a neighboring or available countryís eye bank. Itís not something that a patient would directly get involved with.

Regards

Q



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Date: Tue Mar 18 5:29 PM, 2008
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hi adil...gud to see u here man......

howz u?????

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Date: Fri Mar 21 11:19 AM, 2008
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Thanks QuintriX

Well here in Pakistan, there's no concept of eye banks.† Corneas from Sri Lanka could be arranged but I have been advised to prefer those from America and Canada, due to their superior quality - in terms of preservative liquid as well as medical history of donor.† The leading local eye hospital is not recieving any donor tissue since past 6 months, and the doctor has agreed to perform the surgery if I could manage getting hold of a cornea myself.

I've tried getting in touch with several humanitarian organizations who could help me in this regard, including the Lions Club.† But so far, it seems difficult to get hold of a cornea.

Regards,

Adil

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Date: Fri Mar 21 11:46 AM, 2008
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Hi Adil,

There are no promises with this link but try to contact them and see if they can help you through your Dr or surgeon.

http://www.kerateceyebank.co.uk/


Good luck

-- Edited by QuintriX at 12:58, 2008-03-21

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Date: Fri Mar 21 11:29 PM, 2008
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Hello Adil,

Why are you so sure that you need a cornea transplant?What have you tried so far?

For your knoweldge,there have been some exciting reveals for corneal diseases such as keratoconus and if you have good thickness left at your corneas then a transplant is a last resort my friend NOT the first to try.

Certainly,you must come in Europe coz at your country perhaps there is limited knoweldge to such rare diseases, if keratoconus is still considered a rare disease.

All the best,

P.S Also for transplants read about the DALK Method without removal of the endothelium.This is very crucial.

-- Edited by Zeus at 00:33, 2008-03-22

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