Publication
Title
Preoperative surgeon evaluation of corneal endothelial status : the Viability Control of Human Endothelial Cells before Keratoplasty (V-CHECK) study protocol
Author
Abstract
Introduction The success of keratoplasty strongly depends on the health status of the transplanted endothelial cells. Donor corneal tissues are routinely screened for endothelial damage before shipment; however, surgical teams have currently no means of assessing the overall viability of corneal endothelium immediately prior to transplantation. The aim of this study is to validate a preoperative method of evaluating the endothelial health of donor corneal tissues, to assess the proportion of tissues deemed suitable for transplantation by the surgeons and to prospectively record the clinical outcomes of a cohort of patients undergoing keratoplasty in relation to preoperatively defined endothelial viability.Methods and analysis In this multicentre cohort study, consecutive patients undergoing keratoplasty (perforating keratoplasty, Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK), ultra-thin DSAEK (UT-DSAEK) or Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty) will be enrolled and followed-up for 1 year. Before transplantation, the endothelial viability of the donor corneal tissue will be evaluated preoperatively through trypan blue staining and custom image analysis to estimate the overall percentage of trypan blue-positive areas (TBPAs), a proxy of endothelial damage. Functional and structural outcomes at the end of the follow-up will be correlated with preoperatively assessed TBPA values.Ethics and dissemination The protocol will be reviewed by the ethical committees of participating centres, with the sponsor centre issuing the final definitive approval. The results will be disseminated on ClinicalTrials.gov, at national and international conferences, by partner patient groups and in open access, peer-reviewed journals.Trial registration number NCT05847387.
Language
English
Source (journal)
BMJ Open Ophthalmology
Publication
BMJ Publishing Group , 2023
ISSN
2397-3269
DOI
10.1136/BMJOPHTH-2023-001361
Volume/pages
8 :1 (2023) , p. 1-5
Article Reference
e001361
ISI
001144989500001
Pubmed ID
37730252
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
Full text (open access)
UAntwerpen
Faculty/Department
Research group
Publication type
Subject
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
Record
Identifier
Creation 04.03.2024
Last edited 08.03.2024
To cite this reference