Descemet's membrane

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Drawing of the cornea. Descemet's membrane is a thin layer at the bottom (4) of the drawing, between the substantia propria (3) and the single layer of endothelial cells (5). (WC/Gray's Anatomy)

Descemet's membrane is an eye pathology ditzel.

Descemet's Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty, abbreviated DSAEK, redirects to here.


Normal thickness:

  • Younger individuals: 10 +/- 3 micrometres.[1]
  • Older individuals: 16 +/- 2 micrometres.[1]


  • Thickness in Fuchs dystrophy: 34 +/- 11 micrometres.[1]

Specific entities

Fuchs dystrophy

Pseudophakic bullous keratopathy

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Right Eye, Descemet's Membrane, Excision:
- Thin Descemet's membrane.
- This case will be sent to an eye pathologist for an opinion.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Shousha, MA.; Perez, VL.; Wang, J.; Ide, T.; Jiao, S.; Chen, Q.; Chang, V.; Buchser, N. et al. (Jun 2010). "Use of ultra-high-resolution optical coherence tomography to detect in vivo characteristics of Descemet's membrane in Fuchs' dystrophy.". Ophthalmology 117 (6): 1220-7. doi:10.1016/j.ophtha.2009.10.027. PMID 20163865.