Exceptional case of bone resorption in an osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis. A scanning electron microscopy and X-ray microanalysis study

Cornea. 1990 Jan;9(1):23-7.


This article reports the findings of investigations on an osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis in an eye that was enucleated owing to severe complications 12 years after implantation. Scanning electron microscopy and electron probe X-ray microanalysis showed extensive resorption of the bone that was used as a supporting element in the kind of transcorneal prosthesis developed by Strampelli. The destructive process, in addition to surgical trauma, has been associated with the early and recurrent bacterial infections relating to the presence of Staphylococcus epidermidis. The need to control the occurrence of primary bacterial infections in traumatized tissues during operations as well as further infectious situations, given the enhanced antibiotic-resistence of bacteria, is emphasized.

MeSH terms

  • Bone Resorption / etiology*
  • Bone Resorption / pathology
  • Corneal Transplantation*
  • Electron Probe Microanalysis*
  • Eye Enucleation
  • Eye Infections, Bacterial / etiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Microscopy, Electron, Scanning
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications / microbiology
  • Postoperative Complications / pathology*
  • Prostheses and Implants*
  • Staphylococcal Infections / etiology
  • Staphylococcus epidermidis / isolation & purification