Title: Verteporfin photodynamic therapy for choroidal neovascularization associated with toxoplasmic retinochoroiditis
Authors: Mauget-Faÿsse, Martine ×
Mimoun, Gérard
Ruiz-Moreno, José M
Quaranta-El Maftouhi, Maddalena
De Laey, Jean J
Postelmans, Laurence
Soubrane, Gisèle
Defauchy, Michel
Leys, Anita #
Issue Date: Apr-2006
Series Title: Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.) vol:26 issue:4 pages:396-403
Abstract: PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of verteporfin photodynamic therapy (V-PDT) for young adults and children with subfoveal choroidal neovascularization (CNV) associated with toxoplasmic retinochoroiditis. METHODS: Patients with subfoveal CNV associated with toxoplasmic retinochoroiditis were treated with V-PDT and prospectively followed up. Before V-PDT and during follow-up, patients underwent visual acuity testing, complete ophthalmic examination including color photography, angiography with fluorescein and/or indocyanine green, and optical coherence tomography. The decision to retreat CNV was based on the criteria used in the Treatment of Age-Related Macular Degeneration with Photodynamic Therapy investigation. RESULTS: Eight patients (5 males and 3 females) were treated at a mean age of 15.3 years (range, 5-31 years). CNV was 100% classic or predominantly classic in all study patients. Mean visual acuity increased from 20/225 (range, 20/400 to 20/50) to 20/123 (range, 20/200 to 20/25) during a mean follow-up period of 25 months (range, 5-49 months). Persistent closure of CNV was achieved in all eight patients (mean number of treatments, 1.75). Vascular anastomosis developed in the treated area in two patients, but there was no additional visual loss. No significant adverse effects of V-PDT were observed. CONCLUSION: V-PDT for subfoveal CNV associated with toxoplasmic retinochoroiditis appears to be effective and safe even in young adults and children. However, a longer follow-up is recommended to confirm our observations.
ISSN: 0275-004X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Group Ophthalmology
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