Transplantation of Cultivated Limbal Epithelium on Amniotic Membrane for Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency
To evaluate the effectiveness of autologous (tissue from fellow eye) transplantation of cultivated limbal epithelium on amniotic membrane to treat severe surface irregularity and scarring of the corneal surface.
Ocular Surface Disease
Procedure: Transplantation of cultivated limbal epithelium
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Transplantation of Ex-Vivo Expanded Human Limbal Epithelial Stem Cells (LSC) on Amniotic Membrane (AM) for Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency (LSCD).|
- Snellen visual acuity
- corneal epithelial integrity and stability
- extent of retarding recurrent neovascularisation
|Study Start Date:||May 2002|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||May 2006|
The corneal epithelium is under constant cell-turnover,and it has been shown that the limbus is the ultimate source of epithelial renewal. Significant damage to limbal cells causes a disease state called limbal stem cell deficiency(LSCD),characterized by different extents of conjunctival overgrowth onto cornea, vascularization, chronic inflammation, and poor epithelial integrity.
In unilateral LSCD, the damaged corneal surface may be reconstructed using two large segments of healthy limbal tissue (of approximately 6-8mm by 1mm) from the fellow eye in the procedure of conventional limbal transplantation.This may however compromise ocular surface integrity of the healthy eye depending on the amount of donated limbus. In more recent years, it has been possible to "save" limbal tissue by obtaining only a very small limbal biopsy (2mm by 1mm) from the fellow healthy eye which is "expanded" into a viable sheet of limbal cells via laboratory cultivation.This cultivated sheet of cells is transplanted to treat the damaged ocular surface.
This study is a prospective nonrandomized trial which evaluates the efficacy of transplantation of autologous ex-vivo expanded limbal epithelium on intact amniotic membrane for unilateral total limbal stem cell deficiency.
|Principal Investigator:||Seng-Ei Ti, FRCS(Ed)||Singapore National Eye Centre|
|Study Director:||Donald TH Tan, FRCS(G)||Singapore Eye Research Institute and Singapore National Eye Centre|