Journal article

Nature and incidence of severe limbal stem cell deficiency in Australia and New Zealand

Samantha Bobba, Nick Di Girolamo, Richard Mills, Mark Daniell, Elsie Chan, Damien G Harkin, Brendan G Cronin, Geoffrey Crawford, Charles McGhee, Stephanie Watson

Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology | WILEY | Published : 2017

Abstract

BACKGROUND: This study aimed to determine the nature and incidence of severe limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD) in Australia and New Zealand. DESIGN: A 1-year pilot surveillance study with a 1-year follow-up period was conducted in association with the Australian and New Zealand Ophthalmic Surveillance Unit. PARTICIPANTS: The study included patients reported by practising ophthalmologists on the Surveillance Unit's database. METHODS: Ophthalmologists were provided with a definition of severe limbal stem cell deficiency, contacted on a monthly basis by the Unit and asked to report newly diagnosed cases. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Severe LSCD was defined as at least 6 clock hours of whorl-like epi..

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