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Natl J Med Res. 2012; 2(3): 306-308

Seroprevalence of HIV, HBV and HCV in the Donor Eyes in the Western Regional Institute of Ophthalmology

Sima K Bhatt, Monika S Kohli, Somesh V Aggarwal, Ami M Shah, Jagdeepkaur S Dani.

Introduction: The number of donor corneas procured by eye banks is steadily increasing all over the world. Proper evaluation of donor cornea is critical to the success of cornea transplantation.
Objectives: To study the screening tests required before release of corneal tissue for transplantation.
Methods: Blood samples were collected at the time of enucleation of the eye from 607 consecutive eye donors. The samples were tested for seromarkers of Human Immunodeficiency virus I& II (HIV), Hepatitis C virus (HCV), and Hepatitis B virus (HBV).
Results: In our study seroprevalence of HIV, HBV & HCV viruses in eye donors are 1.31%, 0.49% and 0.49% respectively.
Conclusion: The study proves that it is mandatory to screen the potential cornea donors for HIV, HBV, HCV.

Key words: Eye donors, serology, antibodies to HIV, HBV, HCV

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