Journal article

OCULAR SURFACE AND LACRIMAL DISTURBANCES IN CHRONIC GRAFT-VERSUS-HOST DISEASE - THE ROLE OF CONJUNCTIVAL BIOPSY

RH WEST, J SZER, JS PEDERSEN

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF OPHTHALMOLOGY | ROYAL AUSTRALIAN COLL OPHTHAL | Published : 1991

Abstract

Forty-four patients (21 male, 23 female) were studied following bone marrow transplantation (BMT): 40 after allogeneic, one after syngeneic and three after autologous transplantation. Diffuse punctate conjunctival and corneal epitheliopathy was seen in 27 (61%), reduced or disordered tear film in 26 (59%), acquired lacrimal outflow obstruction in three (7%) and posterior subcapsular lens opacities in five (12%) patients. Conjunctival histology showed abnormal features, including those of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) in 41 patients. Of these, 28 (64%) had clinical and laboratory features of GVHD and six patients with no systemic evidence of GVHD had conjunctival histology specific for GVH..

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