Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the outcome of penetrating keratoplasties, at the University Eye Hospital, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany, using organ-cultured donor corneas and to identify preoperative risk factors, which may influence the event of graft failure.
Methods: In this study, 377 medical records of patients, who underwent penetrating keratoplasty between 2001 and 2011, were reviewed. Organ-cultured donor corneas were obtained from the eye bank, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany. Donor-related and preoperative recipient-related risk factors for graft failure were analyzed by univariate and multivariate analyses.
Results: Graft failure occurred in 26% of patients. The following preoperative factors were significantly associated with graft failure by multivariate analyses: high donor age, low donor endothelial cell density, high patient age, indications of infectious keratitis, acute perforation of noninfectious keratitis, prior graft failure, chemical burn, trauma, glaucoma-associated corneal decompensation, high-risk graft indications, corneal edema, anterior chamber lens, diabetes mellitus, atopy, and autoimmune diseases.
Conclusions: This study demonstrated a success rate of 74%, which is consistent with previous studies. Various preoperative recipient-related factors seem to influence the outcome of penetrating keratoplasties, whereas few donor-related factors have a significant association with graft failure.