Rheumatoid Arthritis–Associated Corneal Ulceration: Mortality and Graft Survival

Purpose: To investigate mortality and graft survival in patients undergoing penetrating keratoplasty (PKP) for rheumatoid arthritis–associated corneal ulceration (RACU), Fuchs' endothelial dystrophy (FED), and pseudophakic bullous keratopathy (PBK). Design: Case-control study. Participants and Controls: Patients listed on the UK Transplant Registry who had undergone a PKP for RACU, FED, or PBK between January 4, 1999, and January 4, 2006. Comparative standardized mortality ratios (SMRs) and causes of death were obtained from the Office for National Statistics. Methods: Outcome data were collected from the UK Ocular Tissue National Transplant database and (Read more...)

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