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The use of xenologous amniotic membrane to repair canine corneal perforation created by penetrating keratectomy


Paulo S. M. Barros, Rua Caiowaa, 1236 ap.204, 05018–001 São Paulo, BrazilFax: + 55.11.2632851e-mail:


This study was performed to evaluate the use of glycerol-preserved equine amniotic membrane as replacement for full-thickness corneal defects in dogs. Eighteen mixed-breed dogs were used. A perilimbal, full-thickness, 5 mm square corneal defect was created surgically, and a donor implant of equine amniotic membrane of the same size and shape sutured in place with 10–0 nylon simple interrupted sutures. Corneal edema was observed near the implant 24 h after surgery, but was absent after 1 week. Granulation tissue and corneal vascularization superficial to the implant were noticed on postoperative day 7, but were absent on day 30. Corneal vascularization persisted until the end of the experiment. There was no fluorescein retention by postoperative day 30. There was slight clearing of the corneal implant by postoperative 30, and slight pigmentation of the donor implant observed at postoperative day 180. An acute inflammatory process as well as fibroblasts were present at early postoperative stages. At postoperative day 60 there was no inflammatory cellular infiltrate, but fibroblasts and fibrosis were present. Corneal architecture was restored at the end of the experiment, with a layering of the epithelium–stroma–debris of amniotic membrane–stroma–endothelium present, and pigmentation and vascularization present in the deep layers of the cornea. Although vascularization indicated some degree of graft rejection, the clinical and histological evidence indicates that the xenologous amniotic membrane can be useful as a tectonic graft in the repair of full-thickness lesions of the cornea of dogs.

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