Topically administered lyophilized amnion fragments a possible alternative to graft surgery

MILAN — Freeze-dried amniotic membrane elements administered to the eye topically represent a revolutionary transplantation technique without the use of surgery, according to a presenter here.The technique, called elemental unit transplantation, is the result of 12 years of research by Kenneth R. Kenyon, MD, and Emiliano Ghinelli, MD. Ghinelli presented the technique, which was recently approved by the Institute of Health in Italy, at the annual joint meeting of Ocular Surgery News and the Italian Society of Ophthalmology.