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Neuropathic keratopathy

Dua, HS; Said, DG; Messmer, EM; Rolando, M; Benitez-Del-Castillo, JM; Hossain, PN; Shortt, AJ; ... Baudouin, C; + view all (2018) Neuropathic keratopathy. Progress in Retinal and Eye Research , 66 pp. 107-131. 10.1016/j.preteyeres.2018.04.003. Green open access

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Neurotrophic Keratopathy (NK) refers to a condition where corneal epitheliopathy leading to frank epithelial defect with or without stromal ulceration (melting) is associated with reduced or absent corneal sensations. Sensory nerves serve nociceptor and trophic functions, which can be affected independently or simultaneously. Loss of trophic function and consequent epithelial breakdown exposes the stroma making it susceptible to enzymatic degradation. Nerve pathology can range from attrition to aberrant re-generation with corresponding symptoms from anaesthesia to hyperaesthesia/allodynia. Many systemic and ocular conditions, including surgery and preserved medications can lead to NK. NK can be mild (epithelium and tear film changes), moderate (non-healing epithelial defect) or severe (stromal melting and perforation). Moderate and severe NK can profoundly affect vision and adversely impact on the quality of life. Medical management with lubricating agents from artificial tears to serum/plasma drops, anti-inflammatory agents, antibiotics and anti-proteases all provide non-specific relief, which may be temporary. Contact lenses, punctal plugs, lid closure with botulinum toxin and surgical interventions like tarsorrhaphy, conjunctival flaps and amniotic membrane provide greater success but often at the cost of obscuring sight. Corneal surgery in a dry ocular surface with reduced sensation is at high risk of failure. The recent advent of biologicals such as biopolymers mimicking heparan sulfate; coenzyme Q10 and antisense oligonucleotide that suppress connexin 43 expression, all offer promise. Recombinant nerve growth factor (cenegermin), recently approved for human use targets the nerve pathology and has the potential of addressing the underlying deficit and becoming a specific therapy for NK.

Type: Article
Title: Neuropathic keratopathy
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.preteyeres.2018.04.003
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.preteyeres.2018.04.003
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Keratitis, Matrix regenerating agents, Nerve growth factor, Neurotrophic keratopathy, Trigeminal neve diseases
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Institute of Ophthalmology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10048645
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