deep lamellar endothelial keratoplasty
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deep lamellar endothelial keratoplasty (DLEK),
surgical procedure whereby only the inner corneal layers are subject to transplantation.
deep lamellar endothelial keratoplasty (DLEK)
a procedure in which a small incision is used to remove only the diseased tissue without transplanting the entire cornea. Only the inside layer of the cornea is replaced. This technique avoids the astigmatism that often occurs with penetrating keratoplasty and greatly reduces the risk of infection. Also called lamellar transplant, split-thickness transplant. See also corneal grafting.
deep la·mel·lar en·do·the·li·al ker·a·to·plas·ty(DLEK) (dēp lă-mel'ăr en'dō-thē'lē-ăl ker'ă-tō-plas-tē)
A surgical procedure whereby only the inner corneal layers are subject to transplantation.
deep lamellar endothelial keratoplastyAbbreviation: DLEK
Transplantation of the two innermost layers of the cornea, Descemet's membrane and the corneal endothelium, leaving the outer cornea layers intact.
See also: keratoplasty