The use of a “horizontal centrifugation protocol” to prepare autologous platelet-rich fibrin membranes for corneal reconstruction surgery in dogs with complicated corneal ulcerations: A case series

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Objective: The purpose of this case series was to describe the effect of autologous PRF membrane for corneal reconstruction surgery in dogs. PRF membranes made from two healthy dogs unrelated to the current case series were used for PRF histologic analyses. Animals: Seven dogs with complicated corneal ulcerations. Procedure: A complete ophthalmic examination, hematology, and fibrinogen analysis were performed pre-surgery. A PRF clot was made from autologous blood in a serum tube after centrifugation in a horizontal Bio-PRF® Centrifuge at 700 × g for 8 min. The PRF clot was processed in a PRF-Box® into a PRF membrane. The PRF membrane was sutured to the corneal ulcer bed. Each dog had a follow-up at days 5–7, 12–14, and 30–40 post-surgery. A final long-term follow-up was performed as well. Results: A positive outcome with healing and a “good” quality PRF membrane was seen in six out of seven dogs. One dog had a fibrinogen level below normal range and the PRF membrane was of “poor” quality. This dog developed a descemetocele 13 days post-surgery and needed rescue surgery. Mean healing time for all dogs was 9 ± 5.5 days. Minimal scarring, corneal pigmentation, and vascularization were observed at the final long-term follow-up 288 ± 44 days post-surgery. Conclusion: PRF membrane was successful as graft material for corneal ulceration reconstruction surgery. Low fibrinogen appeared to have negative effect on the quality of the PRF membrane, showing the importance for the surgeon to evaluate the quality of the PRF membrane prior to surgery.

Original languageEnglish
JournalVeterinary Ophthalmology
Number of pages15
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2024

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© 2023 The Authors. Veterinary Ophthalmology published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

    Research areas

  • clinical study, cornea, graft material, infected corneal ulceration, methodology, pedicle conjunctival graft

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