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The Quintessential Guide to State-of-the-Art Endothelial Keratoplasty Techniques from World Renowned Experts

New York, NY, June 25, 2017 --( Corneal transplantation with healthy endothelial cells is a long-term treatment to restore corneal transparency and reverse corneal edema caused by damage to the inner cell layer of the cornea. In the last decade, the utilization and efficacy of endothelial keratoplasty (EK) has increased expotentially for the treatment of endothelial disorders such as Fuchs’ dystrophy, pseudophakic bullous keratopathy, and iridocorneal endothelial syndrome. According to the latest statistics from the Eye Bank Association of America, penetrating keratoplasty (PK) procedures decreased by 2.9 percent in 2016, while EK numbers increased by 4.9 percent.

"Endothelial Keratoplasty" from world renowned pioneers and prolific authors Amar Agarwal and Terry Kim, reflects their many years of combined expertise and hundreds of works in the literature. Drs. Agarwal and Kim enlisted an impressive cadre of leading ocular surgeons to contribute to 23 chapters and nearly 30 state-of-the-art videos.

“The book presents important advances that have revolutionized the treatment paradigm of endothelium-related disorders. The goal of the text and videos is to facilitate incorporation of EK techniques into clinical practice and improve patient outcomes. We also cover Pre-Descemet’s endothelial keratoplasty (PDEK). This groundbreaking procedure enables the use of corneal donors from infants, compared to other current EK approaches which require a donor to be 40 or older,” Dr. Agarwal said.

“EK procedures have major advantages over full thickness grafts, including correcting post-cataract edema and decreasing unwanted astigmatism, which results in more predictable refractive outcomes. Significant advances in this technology have resulted in EK procedures gradually replacing PK for endothelial disease, which presents a significant need for an in-depth resource to teach clinicians these techniques,” Dr. Kim added.

Key Highlights

· Nearly 30 high-quality videos posted in the Thieme Media Center demonstrate the latest cutting-edge approaches
· Anatomy and techniques further delineated in richly illustrated text featuring 400 images
· Anterior segment surgical advances including PDEK, Ultrathin DSAEK, Descemet’s membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK), Descemet’s stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK), and Trocar anterior chamber maintainer (T-ACM)
· Management of complicated cases including glued IOL, cataract extraction & IOL implantation, glaucoma, failed grafts, and scarred corneas
· Discussion of optical coherence tomography as a diagnostic technology and obtaining and preparing EK grafts from eye banks

The techniques and clinical pearls shared in this resource will benefit both trainees and practicing ophthalmologists. The comprehensive text and videos are a must-have for specialists who perform corneal surgery.

Endothelial Keratoplasty
Mastering DSEK, DMEK, and PDEK
Thieme Publishers, New York/Stuttgart. 2017
204 pp, 592 illustrations; Hardback
ISBN: 9781626234512
eISBN: 9781626234529

About the Authors
Amar Agarwal, MS, FRCS, FRCOpth, is Chairman and Managing Director, Dr. Agarwal's Eye Hospital & Eye Research Centre, Chennai, India.

Terry Kim, MD, is Professor of Ophthalmology, Duke University School of Medicine; Chief, Cornea and External Disease Division and Director, Refractive Surgery Service, Duke University Eye Center, Durham, North Carolina, USA.

About Thieme
Thieme Publishing Group is a medical and scientific publishing house employing more than 1,000 staff and maintaining offices in ten cities, including New York, Delhi, Rio and Stuttgart, Germany. Founded in 1886, the Thieme name has become synonymous with high quality and excellence in online and print publishing. Thieme publishes 150 peer-reviewed journals and more than 350 new books annually. The company has a rapidly growing array of web-based products in medicine and science. State-of-the-art online products Thieme MedOne, Thieme E-Journals, the Thieme Electronic Book Library, the medical student website, and Thieme MyCourse, an innovative web-based platform for faculty to customize their own course materials. For more information about Thieme, please visit
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