December 2002
Volume 43, Issue 13
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   December 2002
Reversible in Situ Formation of a Collagen Canalicular Plug
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • RA Eiferman
    Research Service VA Medical Center Louisville KY
  • DP Devore
    Collagenesis Inc Boston MA
  • RE Nordquist
    Wound Healing of Oklahoma Oklahoma City OK
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships    R.A. Eiferman, Collagenesis, Inc P; D.P. Devore, Collagenesis E; R.E. Nordquist, Wound Healing of Oklahoma, Inc. E. Grant Identification: Support: Jewish Hospital, Louisville, KY
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science December 2002, Vol.43, 68. doi:
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      RA Eiferman, DP Devore, RE Nordquist; Reversible in Situ Formation of a Collagen Canalicular Plug . Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2002;43(13):68.

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Abstract: : Purpose: To demonstrate a novel rapid formation of a canalicular plug using in situ polymerization of collagen. Method: A patented process produces bovine collagen fibrils which undergo instant fibrillogenesis upon contact with ions. This mixture was injected into the inferior and superior canaliculus of a rabbit. At various time points, the tissue was removed for histology. To test the reversibility of the procedure, collagenase was injected into the punctum to digest the plug Results: Light microscopy demonstrated total occlusion of the canaliculus by polymerized collagen. There was no inflammatory response in surrounding tissue. The plug could be instantly dissolved with collagenase and the canaliculus regained patency. Conclusion: Rapid, in situ polymerization of collagen is feasible method of treating dry eye and is completely reversible.

Keywords: 376 cornea: tears/tear film/dry eye • 452 lacrimal gland 

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