Potential effect of excluding variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease on the eye donor pool in Australia

Hirst, L., Pascual, C., Madden, P., Whitby, M. and McLaws, M. L. (2008) Potential effect of excluding variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease on the eye donor pool in Australia. Cornea, 27 7: 773-775. doi:10.1097/ICO.0b013e31816de1f7


Author Hirst, L.
Pascual, C.
Madden, P.
Whitby, M.
McLaws, M. L.
Title Potential effect of excluding variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease on the eye donor pool in Australia
Journal name Cornea   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0277-3740
Publication date 2008-01-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1097/ICO.0b013e31816de1f7
Open Access Status
Volume 27
Issue 7
Start page 773
End page 775
Total pages 3
Editor McMullan, E.
Place of publication New York
Publisher Lippincott Wiliams & Wilkins
Language eng
Subject C1
970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
111301 Ophthalmology
11 Medical and Health Sciences
1103 Clinical Sciences
1113 Ophthalmology and Optometry
Formatted abstract
Purpose: To quantitate the likely effect on the available eye donor pool by excluding potential donors who may have had exposure to variant Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease by virtue of spending time in countries where bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) is endemic.

Methods: A telephone survey by systematic sampling from the Brisbane phone directory was undertaken to ascertain the number of potential donors who had resided in the United Kingdom and in other countries. 

Results: Between 19% of potential donors would have had to have been excluded by virtue of residing in the United Kingdom for months between 1980 and 1996 and 29% for those who had traveled to any other country in which BSE was identified. 

Conclusions: This study suggests that adopting an eye bank policy of excluding donors potentially exposed to BSE would have a significant effect on donor numbers. Health departments and eye banks will need to weigh the small additional protection from such policy decisions against the likely effect on corneal tissue supply. 
Keyword variant Creutzfeldt–Jacob disease
eye donation
eye banking
bovine spongiform encephalopathy
risk
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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