First report of traumatic globe rupture after femtosecond laser-assisted penetrating keratoplasty

Matthew M. Kruger, Venkateswara Mootha

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Purpose: To describe the first reported case of traumatic globe rupture after femtosecond laser-assisted penetrating keratoplasty. Methods: A 21-year-old Hispanic man suffered a corneal laceration after blunt trauma leading to a visually significant corneal scar and aphakia. Results: The patient underwent femtosecond laser-assisted penetrating keratoplasty using a zigzag-shaped wound with secondary intraocular lens placement. Eighteen months after surgery, he suffered another blunt trauma resulting in inferior dehiscence of his inferior penetrating keratoplasty wound, loss of uveal tissue, and extrusion of the scleral-fixated posterior chamber intraocular lens. The patient underwent repair of the wound dehiscence. Conclusions: Despite the theoretical advantages conferred by a shaped graft-host junction, a shaped penetrating keratoplasty wound created with femtosecond laser can still be subject to dehiscence from trauma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1504-1506
Number of pages3
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012



  • femtosecond lasera-assisted penetrating keratoplasty
  • ruptured globe
  • wound dehiscence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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