Gender plays no role in corneal transplants, says expert
Keryn Williams, the founder of the Australian Corneal Graft Registry (ACGR) in South Australia, said that a British study linking transplant success to gender was not relatable to every population.
“We know that in Australia the gender of recipient and donor don’t matter very much,” she said.“We reported back to our surgeons that following the paper from Britain, we have looked back at our 30,000 plus records in Australia and we just don’t see it.“Some of the eye banks have asked us if they need to begin matching the genders of donors and recipients and what we can say is ‘not in Australia’, which is really important because there are never enough (corneas) to go around and it just isn’t necessary.”The British study of 18,000 patients found a higher rate of successful transplants in female patients who got their new corneas from other women instead of men.
Professor Williams said the British study should be interpreted as a selective case and might not be relatable to other countries.The ACGR  analysation  of gender roles, led by Dr Miriam Keane, was presented to surgeons and eye-bankers at the ANZ Cornea Society Meeting in Brisbane on February 4.Based at the Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide, South Australia the ACGR is the world’s first and largest repository of information on corneal transplants, with more than 33,000 case studies from about 900 contributors from around Australia since 1985.