Descemet-stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty after bee sting of the cornea

Na'Ama Hammel, Irit Bahar*

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We present a case of corneal decompensation and cataract formation following a corneal bee sting in a patient with a history of drug abuse. Clinical findings, anterior segment photographs, and medical and surgical treatment are presented. The stinger was removed from the cornea. Systemic and topical steroids, topical antibiotics, and systemic and topical antiglaucoma medication and antihistamines were prescribed. After 3 months, combined Descemet-stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK), phacoemulsification, and intraocular lens implantation were performed, with significant improvement in visual acuity and corneal edema. To our knowledge, this is the first report of DSAEK combined with cataract surgery for this condition. It was found to be a safe and effective treatment for corneal decompensation secondary to a bee sting. Financial Disclosure: Neither author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1726-1728
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2011


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