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Revista de Ciencias Médicas de Pinar del Río

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ROJAS ALVAREZ, Eduardo et al. Transplantation of cornea: social approach, beyond the medical aspects. Rev Ciencias Médicas [online]. 2012, vol.16, n.3, pp.307-316. ISSN 1561-3194.

The cornea, due to its immunological privileges, is one of the most transplanted tissues all over the world. In Cuba, this procedure is performed in every province of the country. Ethical, social, economic and psychological aspects regarding the transplantation of cornea were described in this current study. This procedure finds its ethical good reason supported on the bioethical principle of benefit. Likewise, organ transplantation is justified, following the principles of autonomy and informed consent. The principle of distributive justice must prevail, allowing the access to the benefits of this therapeutic to the whole population, not making differences with respect to the economical situation of patients, following the state regulations appropriately. The significant development of the new surgical procedures of cornea transplantation, inside and outside the country, aimed at improving the quality of life of these patients, which will mean a challenge from the ethical and social view points to satisfy the health service demands, according to the established principles.

Palabras clave : Cornea [surgery].

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