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Wednesday, September 28, 2005
08:15 - 09:45
C-28-02  Amniotic Membrane Transplantation in Ophthalmology

Seitz B. (Erlangen)

Meller D. (Essen)
Grüterich M. (München)
Kruse F. E. (Erlangen)

Registration fee: 130 € / 180 €
No. of Participants: min. 20 / max. 50
Venue: Room Madrid (Messe)


In the mid 90s the technique of amniotic membrane transplantation (AMT) was re-discovered for ophthalmology. After introducing the fundamental biological concepts involved, AM preparation and preservation will be discussed. Furthermore, the course will cover patient selection, microsurgical techniques (patch, graft and sandwich, ex-vivo-expansion of limbal stem cells on AM), potential surgical complications, postoperative treatment and follow-up care. Special indications and contraindications for corneal and especially for conjunctival surgery (e.g. descemetocele, symblepharon, pterygium, chemical burn, conjunctivochalasis), including lid and glaucoma surgery will be discussed critically. The merits of AMT before, instead, simultaneously with, and after keratoplasty will be highlighted specifically. In addition, histological and ultrastructural findings of corneal epithelial growth patterns in relation to the AM will be presented. At the end of the course participants should be able to command patient selection, technical implementation and follow-up care of AMT in ophthalmology.