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Date: Wed Jul 5 6:02 PM, 2006
Dalk-Freeze Dried a Better Alternative
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Hi Everyone, This is important so i have made this topic sticky to stay on at the top of this section.


Here in London, England they are doing a partical graft or better known as a Dalk which is Freeze Dried, read about the benfits of this compared to a your usual Deep Penerating corneal transplant on the link below.


If there is no other way to avoid a deep penetrating corneal transplant... then i think a Dalk is the best option to seek out to avoid one, if at all possible... and one which is Freeze Dried seems to be the best... (bringing rejection risks down hopfully... and also due to this less steroid drops are needed, as a bonus!), as onlk the front layers od the cornea is replaced, leaving the endothelium cells untouched (we need these cells so that the front of the eye stays clear, because these cells pump out fluids.


It can take a long time to heal "optically" after a DALK, although you will heal much faster "medically" than after a PK graft.

The method where the front epithelial layer of the donor cornea was scraped off, leaving a space clear to grow the patients own, makes the optical process even slower, but may make a better optical result eventually.


http://www.chadrostron.co.uk/Keratoconus/DalkFreezeDriedKeratoconus.htm


Note: This Dr in London takes off the epithelium of the doner tissue,(which is not done by most other Dr's doing dalks), so that the patients own epithelium grows on to the new doner tissue, so you could say that the new corneal tissue (the storma) is "sandwiched" in to the patients own cornea once the patients own epithelium has grown back. This Dr believes that taking the epithelium off the doner tissue and letting the patients own epithelium grow on to the doner tissue helps the patient gain better vision after the dalk surgery had healed.)


Take the very best of care of yourselfs guys!



-- Edited by QuintriX at 03:42, 2006-11-13

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Date: Wed Jul 12 7:26 PM, 2006
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HEY CAN U TELL ME THE ADVANTAGES AND THE DISADVANTAGES OF DALK AS WELL AS THIS PROCEDURE?

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Date: Thu Jul 13 12:29 AM, 2006
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Hi Rajat,


Its all explained in the link above. Please go through it...


Take Care


(P.S try not to use capitals... as it makes you look as if your shouting!)



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