oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Grafting aortic tissue to sclera

Volume 15, Issue 12
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



This is a report of the use of aortic tissue as a means of repairing a badly injured eye with actual loss of scleral tissue. The case has now been followed up for 18 months and the result is encouraging. Photographs are reproduced to show the present appearance of the eye, November, 1968 (Figs. 1 and 2). Aortic tissue would seem an ideal substance for grafting because of its availability, elasticity and satisfactory acceptance as a donor tissue. I have also used aortic tissue to repair a senile dystrophic perforation, but unfortunately have been unable to follow up the patient. This type of lesion is, however, not uncommonly seen at Harare hospital, and also seen from time to time is the condition of scleromalacia perforans due to porphyria. It is intended .to undertake further graft operations for these types of cases with the anticipation of satisfactory results, since it is already reported that rheumatic scleromalacia perforans is profitably treated by this means.

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