The sclera, the prion, and the ophthalmologist

TitleThe sclera, the prion, and the ophthalmologist
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsMehta JS, Franks WA
JournalBr J Ophthalmol
Pagination587 - 92
Date PublishedMay
ISSN0007-1161 (Print) 0007-1161 (Linking)
Accession Number11973259
KeywordsCreutzfeldt-Jakob Syndrome / *transmission, Humans, Polymers / therapeutic use, Sclera / *transplantation, Tissue and Organ Procurement / methods, Tissue Preservation / methods, Transplantation, Autologous, Transplantation, Homologous

Prions have emerged in the past 5 years as serious transmissible infective agents. Ocular tissue transplantation has come under scrutiny after potential infected tissue was transplanted into healthy patients. In this review we examine the evidence for the risk of transmission of prions after scleral transplantation and explore alternative materials that may be used in ocular surgery.

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