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Korean J Ophthalmol. 2005 Sep;19(3):174-8.

Therapeutic effect of umbilical cord serum eyedrops for persistent corneal epithelial defect.

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Department of Ophthalmology, Chonnam National University College of Medicine, Gwangju, Korea. kcyoon@chonnam.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To evaluate the therapeutic effect of umbilical cord serum in the treatment of persistent epithelial defect of the cornea.

METHODS:

Fourteen eyes of 14 patients with persistent epithelial defect that had persisted for at least 2 weeks despite conventional treatment were treated with 20% umbilical cord serum eyedrops six times a day. The images of the epithelial defects were captured using a camera attached to a slit lamp biomicroscope and the areas of the epithelial defects were calculated. Treatment was considered effective for epithelial defect healing within 2 weeks, partially effective for healing within 2 to 4 weeks, and ineffective for healing requiring either more than 1 month or additional measures.

RESULTS:

Mean duration of epithelial defect before treatment was 7.2 +/- 6.3 weeks, and mean area was 7.86 +/- 7.32 mm2. Umbilical cord serum therapy was effective in 6 eyes (42.9%), partially effective in 6 (42.9%), and ineffective in 2 (14.2%). Nevertheless, the epithelial defects in both the ineffective eyes were eventually healed within 8 weeks. Mean healing time in effective or partially effective cases was 2.75 +/- 1.06 weeks.

CONCLUSIONS:

The use of umbilical cord serum eyedrops for the treatment of persistent epithelial defect is effective.

PMID:
16209277
DOI:
10.3341/kjo.2005.19.3.174
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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