Keratolimbal allograft in corneal reconstruction

Eye (Lond). 2004 Apr;18(4):406-17. doi: 10.1038/sj.eye.6700670.


The replenishment of corneal epithelial SC is a crucial step for reconstructing the ocular surface in patients suffering from devastating ocular surface diseases manifesting with total LSCD. KLAL is one of such procedures and has a long track record and a long follow-up for patients with bilateral total LSCD. This review summarizes the literature experiences and outline new strategies that are important to enhance the success of this procedure. Further research is needed to fully understand the biological processes involved in allogeneic tissue transplantation for preserving epithelial SC adhesion, migration, and survival.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Corneal Diseases / surgery*
  • Epithelium, Corneal / transplantation*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Keratoplasty, Penetrating / methods
  • Limbus Corneae / cytology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Stem Cell Transplantation / methods