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Photodynamic therapy of idiopathic and inflammatory choroidal neovascularization in young adults.

PURPOSE: To evaluate the treatment of subfoveal choroidal neovascularization (CNV) using photodynamic therapy (PDT) with verteporfin (Visudyne; Novartis, Duluth, GA) in young adults. DESIGN: Retrospective noncomparative interventional case series. PARTICIPANTS: Nineteen eyes of 17 patients with classic, subfoveal CNV treated with PDT using verteporfin, excluding eyes with CNV secondary to age-related macular degeneration, angioid streaks, and myopia. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Snellen visual acuity before and after PDT. RESULTS: Nineteen eyes were followed an average of 12.8 months (range, 4-33 months) after PDT. Before treatment, visual acuity measured > or = 20/40 in 0 eyes (0.0%), < 20/40 to > 20/200 in 11 eyes (57.9%), and < or =20/200 in 8 eyes (42.1%). After treatment, visual acuity measured > or =20/40 in four eyes (21.1%), < 20/40 to > 20/200 in eight eyes (42.1%), and < or =20/200 in seven eyes (36.8%). Six eyes (31.6%) underwent retreatment, with only two eyes retreated twice. Four eyes underwent eventual surgical removal of the CNV after PDT. CONCLUSIONS: Photodynamic therapy seems to be useful in stabilizing and improving visual acuity in young adults with subfoveal CNV secondary to idiopathic and inflammatory etiologies.[1]

References

  1. Photodynamic therapy of idiopathic and inflammatory choroidal neovascularization in young adults. Rogers, A.H., Duker, J.S., Nichols, N., Baker, B.J. Ophthalmology (2003) [Pubmed]
 
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