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  1. Intravitreal anti-VEGF therapy for neovascular age-related macular degeneration and the risk of stroke.

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    Cleary, C A

    2011-05-01

    The purpose of this study was to compare the vascular event rate in AMD patients treated with an intravitreal VEGF inhibitor with a historical control group treated with photodynamic therapy. We reviewed medical records of 83 patients treated with intravitreal anti-VEGF for AMD between 2005-2007, and 60 patients treated with PDT between 2001-2004. Mean follow-up in the anti-VEGF group was 40 months versus 95 months in the PDT group. Mean age (76 +\\/- 9 years, versus 74 +\\/- 10 years, p=n.s.) and cardiovascular risk factor profile were similar. Vascular event rates in each group were 2.6 per 100 patient years versus 2.3 per 100 patient years, (p = n.s). Age over 80 years was associated with an increased risk of a vascular event (odds ratio = 1.113, p<0.05). Despite the high prevalence of risk factors in AMD patients, the incidence of vascular events was low and associated with older age rather than therapy received.

  2. Intravitreal anti-VEGF agents, oral glucocorticoids, and laser photocoagulation combination therapy for macular edema secondary to retinal vein occlusion: preliminary report

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    Xiao-Xiao Feng

    2018-03-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of combined anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF agents, oral glucocorticoid, and laser photocoagulation therapy for macular edema (ME secondary to retinal vein occlusion (RVO. METHODS: This study included 16 eyes of 16 patients with RVO-associated ME. Patients were initially treated with oral prednisone and an intravitreal anti-VEGF agent. Two weeks later, patients underwent standard laser photocoagulation. Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA, central retinal thickness (CRT, and retinal vessel oxygenation were examined over 12mo. RESULTS: Patients received 1.43±0.81 anti-VEGF injections. Mean baseline and 12-month logMAR BCVA were 0.96±0.51 (20/178 and 0.31±0.88 (20/40, respectively, in eyes with central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO (P<0.00, and 1.02±0.45 (20/209 and 0.60±0.49 (20/80, respectively, in eyes with branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO (P<0.00. At 12mo, CRT had significantly decreased in eyes with CRVO (P<0.00 and BRVO (P<0.00. Venous oxygen saturation had significantly increased in eyes with CRVO (P<0.00 and BRVO (P<0.00. No examined parameters were significantly different between the 2 RVO groups. No serious adverse effects occurred. CONCLUSION: Anti-VEGF, glucocorticoid, and photocoagulation combination therapy improves visual outcome, prolongs therapeutic effect, and reduces the number of intravitreal injections in eyes with RVO-associated ME.

  3. Fundamental principles of an anti-VEGF treatment regimen: optimal application of intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor therapy of macular diseases.

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    Lanzetta, Paolo; Loewenstein, Anat

    2017-07-01

    Intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) therapy is now considered the gold standard for the treatment of various retinal disorders. As therapy has evolved, so too have the treatment regimens employed by physicians in clinical practice; however, visual outcomes observed in the real world have typically not reflected those reported in clinical trials. Possible reasons for this include a lack of consensus on treatment regimens and a lack of clarity about what the aims of treatment should be. The Vision Academy Steering Committee met to discuss the principles of an ideal treatment regimen, using evidence from the literature to substantiate each point. Literature searches were performed using the MEDLINE/PubMed database (cut-off date: March 2016) and restricted to English-language publications. Studies with fewer than ten patients were excluded from this review. The Steering Committee identified the following four key principles for the ideal treatment regimen for anti-VEGF management of retinal diseases: 1. Maximize and maintain visual acuity (VA) benefits for all patients 2. Decide when to treat next, rather than whether to treat now 3. Titrate the treatment intervals to match patients' needs 4. Treat at each monitoring visit. It is proposed that the adoption of a proactive and more personalized approach in the clinic such as a treat-and-extend regimen will lead to benefits for both the patient and the physician, through a reduction in the associated treatment burden and better utilization of clinic resources. Implementation of the four principles should also lead to better VA outcomes for each patient, with a minimized risk of vision loss.

  4. Intravitreal anti-VEGF therapy as an adjunct to laser photocoagulation for severe aggressive posterior retinopathy of prematurity

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    Sengul Ozdek

    2013-01-01

    Conclusion: The association of IVB and laser ablation might decrease the progression rate in severe AP-ROP. Prompt regression of iris neovascularization encourages its use in cases with pupillary rigidity to allow for laser treatment. When used as a salvage therapy it may not change the overall result dramatically.

  5. Short-term efficacy of intravitreal dexamethasone implant in vitrectomized eyes with recalcitrant diabetic macular edema and prior anti-VEGF therapy

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    Ankoor R Shah

    2016-01-01

    Conclusion: In vitrectomized eyes previously treated with anti-VEGF agents for recalcitrant DME, implantation of the IDI appears to be efficacious in improving VA and CRT at 1-month with the observed benefits persisting for at least for 3 months.

  6. Anti-VEGF therapy in symptomatic peripheral exudative hemorrhagic chorioretinopathy (PEHCR) involving the macula.

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    Seibel, Ira; Hager, Annette; Duncker, Tobias; Riechardt, Aline I; Nürnberg, Daniela; Klein, Julian P; Rehak, Matus; Joussen, Antonia M

    2016-04-01

    The purpose of this study was to describe the anatomical and functional outcome of vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitor (anti-VEGF) treatment in symptomatic peripheral exudative hemorrhagic chorioretinopathy (PEHCR) involving the macula. Clinical records from patients seen between 2012 and 2013 at a single academic center were reviewed to identify PEHCR patients receiving anti-VEGF therapy due to disease-associated changes involving the macula. Affected eyes were either treated with consecutive intravitreal injections of anti-VEGF or vitrectomy combined with anti-VEGF followed by pro re nata injections. The mean age of the patients was 76 years (range 70-89 years). In all nine eyes, visual acuity was reduced due to central subretinal fluid. On average, three anti-VEGF injections (range 2-5 injections) were required initially to achieve complete resolution of macular subretinal fluid. In three eyes, subretinal fluid reappeared after an average of 10 months (range 5-16 months), and an average of 2.5 anti-VEGF injections (range 2-3 injections) were necessary to attain complete resolution of macular subretinal fluid a second time. Median visual acuity at the visit before the first injection was 1.0 logMAR (range 2.1-0.4 logMAR) and increased to 0.8 logMAR (range 2-0.1 logMAR) at the last visit. Results of this study show that for cases in which PEHCR becomes symptomatic due to macular involvement, anti-VEGF treatment may have drying potential. Although vision was improved in some patients, it remained limited in cases with long-term macular involvement, precluding any definitive functional conclusion. However, we believe that the use of anti-VEGF agents should be recommended in PEHCR that threatens the macula. Due to its often self-limiting course, peripheral lesions should be closely observed. Larger studies are needed in order to provide clear evidence of the efficacy of anti-VEGF therapy in PEHCR.

  7. [Strategies of Intravitreal Injections with Anti-VEGF: "Pro re Nata versus Treat and Extend"].

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    Hufendiek, K; Pielen, A; Framme, C

    2017-01-23

    The goal of this report is to provide a review on different strategies for the use of pro re nata (PRN) and treat and extend (T&E) regimens with intravitreal anti-VEGF agents (bevacizumab, ranibizumab or aflibercept) in patients with retinal diseases such as neovascular AMD, diabetic macular oedema and macular oedema due to retinal vein occlusion. The main focus is to present the effectiveness and visual outcomes of both PRN and T&E regimens in the main pivotal trials and studies based on currently available evidence. We also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both regimens, as well as monitoring and treatment of the disease, including treatment intervals and injection frequency. Currently there is increasing interest in establishing a regimen which offers the best visual outcome with lower injection frequency, and with reduced treatment burden by individualising treatment intervals and minimising the number of clinic visits and costs. Studies have shown that the PRN regimens in a clinical setting are insufficient in assuring the best visual outcome. The PRN regime requires frequent clinic visits to monitor disease status and intravitreal treatment if needed in a reactive approach. Individualised T&E regimens can improve visual outcome and require fewer injections than those administered in a monthly regimen and fewer monitoring visits than those in a PRN regimen. Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  8. The effect of intravitreal anti-VEGF agents on peripheral wound healing in a rabbit model

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    Christoforidis J

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available John Christoforidis1, Robert Ricketts1, Cedric Pratt1, Jordan Pierce1, Scott Bean1, Michael Wells1, Xiaoli Zhang2, Krista La Perle31College of Medicine, 2Center for Biostatistics, 3College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USAPurpose: To investigate the effect of intravitreal pegaptanib, bevacizumab, and ranibizumab on blood-vessel formation during cutaneous wound healing in a rabbit model and to compare this effect to placebo controls.Methods: Forty New Zealand albino rabbits underwent full thickness cutaneous wounds using 6-mm dermatologic punch biopsies. The rabbits were assigned to four groups of ten, each receiving intravitreal injections of pegaptanib, bevacizumab, ranibizumab, or no injection (untreated controls. Five rabbits from each group underwent wound harvesting on day 7 and five from each group on day 14. The skin samples were stained with hematoxylin and eosin (HE, Masson's trichrome (MT, and CD34 for vascular endothelial cells. Semiquantitative evaluation of HE- and MT-stained slides was performed by one pathologist. Quantitative assessment of mean neovascularization (MNV scores was obtained from five contiguous biopsy margin 400× fields of CD34-stained sections by four independent observers.Results: Week 1 MNV scores in CD-34 stained sections were: untreated controls: 11.51 ± 4.36; bevacizumab: 7.41 ± 2.82 (P = 0.013; ranibizumab: 8.71 ± 4.08 (P = 0.071; and pegaptanib: 10.15 ± 5.59 (P = 0.378. Week 2 MNV data were: untreated controls: 6.14 ± 2.25; bevacizumab: 7.25 ± 2.75 (P = 0.471; ranibizumab: 4.53 ± 3.12 (P = 0.297; and, pegaptanib: 6.35 ± 3.09 (P = 0.892. Interobserver variability using intraclass correlation coefficient was 0.961.Conclusions: At week 1, all three anti-VEGF agents had suppressed MNV scores compared to controls. Although not statistically significant, there was an inhibitory trend, particularly with bevacizumab and ranibizumab. These effects were diminished at 2 weeks

  9. Discontinuation of anti-VEGF cancer therapy promotes metastasis through a liver revascularization mechanism

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    Yang, Yunlong; Zhang, Yin; Iwamoto, Hideki

    2016-01-01

    The impact of discontinuation of anti-VEGF cancer therapy in promoting cancer metastasis is unknown. Here we show discontinuation of anti-VEGF treatment creates a time-window of profound structural changes of liver sinusoidal vasculatures, exhibiting hyper-permeability and enlarged open-pore sizes...... for uninterrupted and sustained antiangiogenic therapy for treatment of human cancers....

  10. [Switching the Treatment Regime from PRN (pro re nata, as needed) to T&E (Treat and Extend) for Intravitreal Therapy with Anti-VEGF Agents in Private Practice or Small Institutions].

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    Imesch, P; Sarra, G-M

    2018-01-01

    In everyday practice, intravitreal therapy in an "as needed" regimen (pro re nata, PRN) is less predictable and requires more visits (monitoring and injections taken together) with poorer functional results than with the treat and extend (T&E) regimen. Current literature supports the benefit of a switch. However, practical advice is still missing. This article provides "best practice" recommendations for private practice or smaller institutions for the change from PRN to T&E. The requirements are organisational adjustments, staff training, definition of the scenario triggering the switch (A - functional or anatomical deterioration; B - general switch at a predefined date), counselling of the patients, defining benchmarks for the follow-up of the switch and preparing for higher capacity utilisation during the transition (shorter treatment intervals during the switching phase). Guidance is provided for each phase (a, preparation; b, transition; and c, follow-up). Eigentümer und Copyright ©Georg Thieme Verlag KG.

  11. Influence of seasonal sunlight intensity and iris color on the anti-VEGF therapy for neovascular age-related macular degeneration.

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    Brockmann, C; Brockmann, T; Dawczynski, J

    2013-10-01

    To investigate the influence of seasonal light intensity and patients' iris color on the visual recovery after anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) therapy with ranibizumab or bevacizumab for neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The visual acuity of 555 eyes (529 patients) with neovascular AMD was evaluated after intravitreal injections of either ranibizumab or bevacizumab in respect to global radiation intensity and iris color. The functional results during anti-VEGF therapy revealed a seasonal oscillation with a negative correlation between visual recovery and global radiation intensity (R(2)=-0.756, P=0.004). Although the influence of the sunlight intensity on the visual recovery was significant after the first injection, this effect vanished within the continuous course of treatment. Regarding the improvement of functional recovery depending on iris color, dark-colored eyes (16.0%) gained 8.5 ± 10.0 letters after the first injection and 9.9 ± 12.8 letters after the second injection, compared with 3.4 ± 8.6 letters and 4.4 ± 11.0 letters in light-colored eyes (84.0%), respectively (P=0.005 and P=0.019). Our results indicate that seasonal sunlight intensity and iris color might influence the visual recovery of neovascular AMD patients undergoing anti-VEGF therapy. Our findings may be used as suggestions to refine individual anti-VEGF therapy regimens, especially in patients with light-colored eyes.

  12. Refractive errors in premature infants with retinopathy of prematurity after anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF therapy

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    Vujanović Milena S.

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP is a vasoproliferative retinopathy which affects the blood vessels of the retina during its development. The aim of this study was to evaluate the incidence and the degree of refractive errors in premature infants with severe ROP treated with antivascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF (bevacizumab. Methods. This prospective study included 21 patients (42 eyes nine months old who received intravitreal injection of anti-VEGF therapy. The control group consisted of 45 patients (90 eyes who were subjected to laser treatment. In cycloplegia each patient underwent retinoscopy, keratorefractometry, and A-scan ultrasonography. Results. Myopia was present in 47.62% of the eyes in the study group and in 33.33% of the eyes in the control group, but there were no statistically significant differences between these groups. Seven (16.67% eyes in the study group and 17 (18.89% eyes in the control group were discovered to have high myopia (SE– spherical equivalents < -3.0 D – dioptre. Clinically significant hypermetropia was higher in the study group (47.62% than in the control group (34.44%, but with no statistically significant difference. In addition, high hypermetropia was significantly greater in the control group (15.56% than in the study group (11.90% (p < 0.001. Astigmatism was more common in the control group than in the study group (81.11% vs 71.43%, respectively, especially high astigmatism (56% vs 43%, respectively. Also the more common form of astigmatism was with the rule (WTR both in the study and the control group (42.86% vs 55.56%, respectively. Anisometropia was significantly greater in the control group (24.44% than in the study group (9.52% (p < 0.05. The children from the study group had significantly greater lens thickness, and a shorter anterior chamber depth than children from the control group (p < 0.01. There was no significant difference in the axial length of the eye between

  13. Intravitreal anti-VEGF injections for treating wet age-related macular degeneration: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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    Ba J

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Jun Ba,1,2,* Run-Sheng Peng,2,* Ding Xu,1 Yan-Hong Li,1 Hui Shi,1,3 Qianyi Wang,1 Jing Yu11Department of Ophthalmology, Shanghai Tenth People’s Hospital Affiliated with Tongji University, 2Department of Cardiac Surgery, Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases of Fudan University, Affiliated Zhongshan Hospital of Fudan University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China; 3Department of First Clinical Medical College, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, People’s Republic of China*Co-first authors of this workAims: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD is the main cause of blindness. Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor is used to prevent further neovascularization due to wet AMD. The purpose of this systematic review was to investigate the effect and protocol of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor treatment on wet AMD.Methods: A comprehensive literature search was performed in PubMed, Embase, the Cochrane Library, CNKI, and reference lists. Meta-analysis was performed using Stata12.0 software, best corrected visual acuity (BCVA, retinal thickness, and lesion size were evaluated.Results: Twelve randomized controlled trials spanning from 2010 to 2014 and involving 5,225 patients were included. A significant difference was observed between the intravitreal ranibizumab (IVR group and the intravitreal bevacizumab group (standard mean difference =-0.14, 95% confidence interval [CI] =-0.23 to -0.05. No significant differences were observed in best corrected VA, retinal thickness, or lesion size between IVR and the intravitreal aflibercept group. Compared to monthly injection, IVR as-needed injections (PRN can raise VA by 1.97 letters (weighted mean difference =1.97, 95% CI =0.14–3.794. Combination therapy of IVR and photodynamic therapy can significantly raise VA by 2.74 letters when combined with IVR monotherapy (weighted mean difference =2.74, 95% CI =0.26–5.21.Conclusion: The superiority remains unclear between IVR and

  14. Cytokine levels correlate with immune cell infiltration after anti-VEGF therapy in preclinical mouse models of breast cancer.

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    Christina L Roland

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available The effect of blocking VEGF activity in solid tumors extends beyond inhibition of angiogenesis. However, no studies have compared the effectiveness of mechanistically different anti-VEGF inhibitors with respect to changes in tumor growth and alterations in the tumor microenvironment. In this study we use three distinct breast cancer models, a MDA-MB-231 xenograft model, a 4T1 syngenic model, and a transgenic model using MMTV-PyMT mice, to explore the effects of various anti-VEGF therapies on tumor vasculature, immune cell infiltration, and cytokine levels. Tumor vasculature and immune cell infiltration were evaluated using immunohistochemistry. Cytokine levels were evaluated using ELISA and electrochemiluminescence. We found that blocking the activation of VEGF receptor resulted in changes in intra-tumoral cytokine levels, specifically IL-1beta, IL-6 and CXCL1. Modulation of the level these cytokines is important for controlling immune cell infiltration and ultimately tumor growth. Furthermore, we demonstrate that selective inhibition of VEGF binding to VEGFR2 with r84 is more effective at controlling tumor growth and inhibiting the infiltration of suppressive immune cells (MDSC, Treg, macrophages while increasing the mature dendritic cell fraction than other anti-VEGF strategies. In addition, we found that changes in serum IL-1beta and IL-6 levels correlated with response to therapy, identifying two possible biomarkers for assessing the effectiveness of anti-VEGF therapy in breast cancer patients.

  15. NONINFECTIOUS VITRITIS AFTER INTRAVITREAL INJECTION OF ANTI-VEGF AGENTS: Variations in Rates and Presentation by Medication.

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    Williams, Patrick D; Chong, Deborah; Fuller, Timothy; Callanan, David

    2016-05-01

    The purpose of this study was to describe and compare the rates and characteristics of noninfectious vitritis after intravitreal injection of bevacizumab (Avastin, Genentech, South San Francisco, CA), ranibizumab (Lucentis, Genentech), and aflibercept (Eylea, Regeneron, Tarrytown, NY). A retrospective case series evaluated intravitreal injections from 2006 to 2013. Cases of inflammatory response were separated into culture-positive endophthalmitis, noninfectious vitritis (not treated with intravitreal antibiotics), and indeterminate. Noninfectious cases were analyzed for rate, presentation, and clinical course. A total of 66,356 bevacizumab, 26,161 ranibizumab, and 8071 aflibercept injections were screened. The rates of noninfectious vitritis were 0.10% (67 cases) for bevacizumab, 0.02% (6 cases) for ranibizumab, and 0.16% (13 cases) for aflibercept. The differences were statistically significant based on Chi-square analysis (P medication according to Fisher exact test (P medication based on Fisher exact testing (P = 0.2, P = 0.18, P = 0.16, respectively). Bevacizumab and aflibercept cases tended to present in separate chronological clusters. The results suggest a difference in rates of noninfectious vitritis for antivascular endothelial growth factor medications. Many cases tended to cluster instead of occurring at a consistent rate each year.

  16. ANTI-VEGF THERAPY VERSUS PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY IN THE TREATMENT OF CHOROIDAL NEOVASCULARIZATION SECONDARY TO CENTRAL SEROUS CHORIORETINOPATHY.

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    Peiretti, Enrico; Caminiti, Giulia; Serra, Rita; Querques, Lea; Pertile, Riccardo; Querques, Giuseppe

    2017-07-07

    To evaluate the efficacy of photodynamic therapy (PDT) compared with intravitreal vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitors alone or combined with PDT in the treatment of choroidal neovascularization (CNV) secondary to chronic central serous chorioretinopathy (CSCR). Retrospective study of a consecutive series of 34 white patients (34 eyes) with angiographic evidence of choroidal neovascularization secondary to chronic central serous chorioretinopathy, divided into two groups followed for at least 12 months: 16 were treated with full fluence PDT (PDT group) and 18 with vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitors (intravitreal [IVT] group). In the PDT group, mean best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was 20/40 (0.30 ± 0.69 logMAR) at baseline and did not change after 12 months (20/40; 0.30 ± 0.49 logMAR [P = 0.49]). In the IVT group mean, best-corrected visual acuity was 20/40 (0.30 ± 0.69 logMAR) at baseline and also did not change at the 12-month follow-up (20/32; 0.20 ± 0.49 logMAR [P = 0.20]). There was no statistically significant difference between the two groups in terms of best-corrected visual acuity. A statistical significance difference was found in central macular thickness between the two groups with a better reduction of the thickening in the PDT group (P = 0.05); moreover, indocyanine green angiography analysis revealed that 50% of the polypoidal lesions were closed after PDT and 25% of the polypoidal lesions disappeared after anti-vascular endothelial growth factor therapy at 12-month follow-up. PDT and IVT inhibitors alone or combined show similar clinical effects in chronic central serous chorioretinopathy eyes with choroidal neovascularization.

  17. Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography to Distinguish Changes of Choroidal Neovascularization after Anti-VEGF Therapy: Monthly Loading Dose versus Pro Re Nata Regimen

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    Alexandra Miere

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To compare the qualitative and quantitative choroidal neovascularization (CNV changes after antivascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF therapy in treatment-naïve and treated eyes with age-related macular degeneration (AMD using optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA. Methods. Consecutive patients with neovascular AMD underwent multimodal imaging, including OCTA (AngioPlex, CIRRUS HD-OCT model 5000; Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc., Dublin, OH at baseline and at three monthly follow-up visits. Treatment-naive AMD patients undergoing anti-VEGF loading phase were included in group A, while treated patients were included in group B. Qualitative and quantitative OCTA analyses were performed on outer retina to choriocapillaris (ORCC slab. CNV size was measured using a free image analysis software (ImageJ, open-source imaging processing software, 2.0.0. Results. Twenty-five eyes of 25 patients were enrolled in our study (mean age 78.32 ± 6.8 years: 13 treatment-naïve eyes in group A and 12 treated eyes in group B. While qualitative analysis revealed no significant differences from baseline to follow-up in the two groups, quantitative analysis showed in group A a significant decrease in lesion area (P=0.023; in group B, no significant change in the lesion area was observed during anti-VEGF therapy (P=0.93. Conclusion. Treatment-naïve and treated eyes with CNV secondary to neovascular AMD respond differently to anti-VEGF therapy. This should be taken into account when using OCTA for CNV follow-up or planning therapeutic strategies.

  18. Anti-VEGF Therapy in Breast and Lung Mouse Models of Cancers

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    Di Domenico Marina

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the world after cardiovascular diseases. Some types of cancer cells often travel to other parts of the body through blood circulation or lymph vessels, where they begin to grow. This process is recognized as metastasis. Angiogenesis is the formation of new blood vessels from existing vessel. Normally angiogenesis is a healthy process, that helps the body to heal wounds and repair damaged body tissues, whereas in cancerous condition this process supports new blood vessels formation that provide a tumor with its own blood supply, nutrients and allow it to grow. The most important proximal factor for angiogenesis is the vascular endothelial growth factor VEGF. Angioinhibition is a form of targeted therapy that uses drugs to stop tumors from making new blood vessels. Therefore, in this paper we analyse the importance of VEGF as target of cancer therapy, analysing murine models.

  19. [Atrophy of the macula in the context of its wet, age-related degeneration : An inescapable consequence of anti-VEGF therapy?

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    Garweg, J G

    2016-12-01

    Current understanding of the mechanisms that underlie the long-term consequences of anti-VEGF therapy in wet, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is poor. Here, the impact of this treatment on the development of macular atrophy (MA) is discussed based on our current pathophysiological understanding. This review is based on a PubMed literature survey using the MeSH terms "wet AMD" and "macular atrophy" (151 hits) and limited to publications since 2013 (n = 90). Publications focussing on diagnostics and clinical course not in the context of therapy were excluded. Macular atrophy is defined herein as atrophy affecting the functionally relevant complex of photoreceptors, retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE), Bruch's membrane and choriocapillaris. Experimentally, a primary complete suppression of local VEGF leads to evident changes in the choriocapillaris, whereas its incomplete suppression exacerbates cell death of RPE and photoreceptors. Since pre-existing atrophic changes are already present at diagnosis, the role of anti-VEGF treatment cannot be separated from the spontaneous progression of AMD. The progression of MA appears to be faster under ranibizumab than bevacizumab, and likewise on a monthly rather than as-needed basis. Although MA progresses more rapidly under consequent therapy, visual function remains better. Hence, a functionally relevant progression of atrophy during the first five years of treatment would only be expected in pre-existing advanced MA. Despite doubts regarding the long-term safety of anti-VEGF therapy, it is the author's view that this is the only option to stabilise visual function. The impact of therapy-induced damage on the spontaneous progression of AMD and the biological status of the aging individual cannot be unequivocally assessed.

  20. One year results of anti-VEGF treatment in pigment epithelial detachment secondary to macular degeneration

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    Harun Yüksel

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE:Pigment epithelial detachment (PED may be seen in all stages of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD and may lead to poor prognosis. In this study, we retrospectively examined the effect of anti-VEGF treatments in ARMD patients with vascularized PED. METHODS:Medical records of 15 patients with PED secondary to ARMD were reviewed retrospectively. The diagnosis of PED was made with fundoscopy, fundus fluorescein angiography and optical coherence tomography. Patients were treated with intravitreal ranibizumab or/and bevacizumab and followed up for a minimum of one year. PED height and best corrected visual acuity (BCVA was obtained before the first intravitreal anti-VEGF injection and again at the 1st, 3rd, 6th and 12th month after the injection. RESULTS: The mean baseline BCVA was 0.71 ± 0.48 logarithm of the minimal angle of resolution (logMAR unit and the mean baseline PED height was 361 ± 153 µ. The mean injection count per eye was 3.9 ± 2.9. There was a significant reduce in mean PED height (247 ± 177 µ also in 2 eyes PED completely resolved at the end of the follow up period. The mean BCVA at 12th month (0,69 ± 0,37 were not different from the baseline record. CONCLUSIONS: This retrospective case series showed that intravitreal anti-VEGF therapy preserved vision and reduced PED height in PED patients in a one-year follow-up period.

  1. Response of eyes with age-related macular degeneration to anti-VEGF drugs and implications for therapy planning

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    Miyamoto N

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Noriko Miyamoto,1,2 Michiko Mandai,1,3 Hiroshi Kojima,1,2 Takanori Kameda,1,2 Masataka Shimozono,1,2 Akihiro Nishida,1,2 Yasuo Kurimoto1,2 1Department of Ophthalmology, Kobe City Medical Center General Hospital, 2Department of Ophthalmology, Institute of Biomedical Research and Innovation, 3Laboratory for Retinal Regeneration, RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Kobe, Japan Purpose: To evaluate the response to and dependence on aflibercept or ranibizumab in patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD.Methods: We retrospectively reviewed AMD patients who received induction therapy with aflibercept or ranibizumab for the following parameters: whether complete resolution of the retinal fluid (“good response” was achieved and whether recurrence was observed within 3 months (“dependent” after the induction treatment. With aflibercept treatment, treatment-naïve eyes with a good response/non-dependence were recommended a pro re nata regimen, and other eyes were recommended a proactive bimonthly regimen, followed by monitoring of visual acuity (VA for 12 months. The measured values of the groups were compared using one-way analysis of variance with Tukey’s test to evaluate the difference between baseline and postinjection VA.Results: Among the treatment-naïve eyes, 76% had a good response to aflibercept and 37% of these were aflibercept-dependent, while 58% had a good response to ranibizumab but 51% of these were ranibizumab-dependent. Among the eyes that converted from ranibizumab treatment, 92% of the good responders to ranibizumab with dependence and 76% of the poor responders on ranibizumab had a good response to aflibercept. With aflibercept treatment, the mean VA of treatment-naïve patients was significantly better than the baseline VA over 12 months (P<0.001, and the VA of the converted group improved significantly with proactive treatment and the improvement was continuously maintained from 6 to 12 months

  2. Indications and treatment outcomes of intravitreal bevacizumab and ...

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    Background: The emergence of intravitreal antivascular endothelial growth factors (antiVEGF) has revolutionalised the treatment and prognosis of many retinal diseases. Aim: To determine the indications and treatment outcomes for use of intravitreal antiVEGF agents in retinal diseases among patients in a tertiary hospital ...

  3. Early Changes of Retinal Morphology in Therapy of Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration with Three Commonly Used Anti-VEGF Agents.

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    Enders, Philip; Sitnilska, Vasilena; Altay, Lebriz; Fauser, Sascha

    2018-01-01

    To compare changes of retinal morphology in the first weeks following injection of anti-VEGF agents for neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD). In a prospective study 50 patients with active choroidal neovascularization secondary to nAMD were monitored weekly by spectral-domain optical coherence tomography for 3 weeks after treatment. Twenty-two patients received bevacizumab, 15 ranibizumab, and 13 aflibercept. Morphological parameters of retinal compartments were compared. Mean central retinal thickness (391.22 ± 123.41 µm) was reduced by -26.15 µm (p treatment. This information could be clinically helpful to evaluate early non-response. © 2017 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  4. Anti-VEGF treatment of diabetic macular edema in clinical practice: effectiveness and patterns of use (ECHO Study Report 1

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    Blinder KJ

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Kevin J Blinder,1 Pravin U Dugel,2,3 Sanford Chen,4 J Michael Jumper,5 John G Walt,6 David A Hollander,6 Lanita C Scott6 On behalf of the ECHO Study Group 1The Retina Institute, St Louis, MO, 2Retinal Consultants of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ, 3USC Roski Eye Institute, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 4Orange County Retina, Santa Ana, 5West Coast Retina Medical Group, San Francisco, 6Allergan plc, Irvine, CA, USA Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy, safety, and injection frequency of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF inhibitors as used in clinical practice for the treatment of diabetic macular edema.Methods: Multicenter (10 sites, retrospective chart review in patients (n=156 who received ≥3 anti-VEGF injections. Data collected for ≥6 months after the first injection included Snellen best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA and central retinal thickness (CRT by time-domain or spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (TD-OCT or SD-OCT.Results: Mean number of anti-VEGF injections (627 bevacizumab, 594 ranibizumab, 1 aflibercept was 5.8 (year 1, 5.0 (year 2, and 3.4 (year 3. Percentage of patients with BCVA of 20/40 or better and CRT ≤250 µm on TD-OCT or ≤300 µm on SD-OCT at the same visit (primary endpoint ranged from 16.4% to 38.9% after the first 10 injections; 51.9%–62.3% achieved ≥20/40 BCVA and 26.2%–48.0% met CRT criteria. Therapy was well tolerated with 19 treatment-related adverse events (all ocular reported.Conclusion: Anti-VEGF injections were administered less frequently and were less effective than those in the ranibizumab registration trials. After each of the first 9 injections, <25% of patients achieved both BCVA of 20/40 or better and a dry macula. A substantial proportion of patients are suboptimal responders to anti-VEGF therapy; these patients may be candidates for other therapies, including intravitreal corticosteroid and laser therapy. Keywords: bevacizumab, diabetic

  5. Clinical observations on the use of new anti-VEGF drug, conbercept, in age-related macular degeneration therapy: a meta-analysis

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    Full Text Available Chunmei Cui, Hong Lu Department of Ophthalmology, Beijing Chao-Yang Hospital, Beijing, China Purpose: Conbercept is a new anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF drug approved for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD. Although this novel drug has been widely used in clinic, unlike other anti-VEGF drugs, validation and consensus on its method of clinical application and clinical safety have not yet been achieved.Methods: Relevant literature was searched on PubMed, Web of Science, China National Knowledge Internet, and Wanfang Data. Stata 12.0 was used for data analysis. Random- and fixed-effect models were employed to evaluate heterogeneity. Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA and central retinal thickness (CRT were utilized to measure the improvement of AMD patients.Results: In this study, we analyzed conbercept administration and compared its application with other control clinical methods for AMD treatment. Ranibizumab, triamcinolone, and traditional transpupillary thermotherapy (TTT were administered in the control group. No differences were found in the BCVA and CRT improvement between the groups treated with conbercept and ranibizumab. However, the conbercept group had a lower serum VEGF level. After 3 months of treatment, conbercept led to a more significant BCVA and CRT improvement than triamcinolone. A more considerable BCVA improvement was observed in the group treated with conbercept than in the group treated with TTT. Moreover, even 6 months after the treatment, the effect of conbercept on CRT improvement was still more pronounced than that of TTT.Conclusion: In AMD patients, conbercept exerts considerably more positive effects on the long-term BCVA and CRT improvement than triamcinolone and TTT. The serum VEGF level in the conbercept group was lower than that in the ranibizumab group. Keywords: AMD, VEGF, conbercept, BCVA, CRT

  6. Mechanism of retinal pigment epithelium tear formation following intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor therapy revealed by spectral-domain optical coherence tomography

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    Nagiel, Aaron; Freund, K Bailey; Spaide, Richard F

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    to the retracted RPE. In all eyes, the RPE ruptured along a segment of bare RPE not in contact with the CNV or Bruch membrane. CONCLUSIONS: Eyes with vascularized PEDs secondary to AMD may show specific OCT findings that increase the risk for RPE tear following intravitreal anti-VEGF injection. Rapid involution...

  7. Management of noninfectious posterior uveitis with intravitreal drug therapy

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    Full Text Available Hui Yi Tan,1 Aniruddha Agarwal,2 Cecilia S Lee,3 Jay Chhablani,4 Vishali Gupta,5 Manoj Khatri,6 Jayabalan Nirmal,7 Carlos Pavesio,8 Rupesh Agrawal1,7–9 1Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore; 2Department of Vitreoretina, Stanley M Truhlsen Eye Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, 3Department of Ophthalmology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA; 4Department of Vitreoretina, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, Telangana, 5Department of Retina and Uvea, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, 6Department of Retina, Rajan Eye Care Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India; 7School of Material Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; 8Department of Medical Retina, Moorfields Eye Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK; 9Department of Ophthalmology, National Healthcare Group Eye Institute, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore Abstract: Uveitis is an important cause of vision loss worldwide due to its sight-threatening complications, especially cystoid macular edema, as well as choroidal neovascularization, macular ischemia, cataract, and glaucoma. Systemic corticosteroids are the mainstay of therapy for noninfectious posterior uveitis; however, various systemic side effects can occur. Intravitreal medication achieves a therapeutic level in the vitreous while minimizing systemic complications and is thus used as an exciting alternative. Corticosteroids, antivascular endothelial growth factors, immunomodulators such as methotrexate and sirolimus, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are currently available for intravitreal therapy. This article reviews the existing literature for efficacy and safety of these various options for intravitreal drug therapy for the management of noninfectious uveitis (mainly intermediate, posterior, and panuveitis. Keywords: intravitreal therapy, noninfectious uveitis, posterior uveitis

  8. Combination of Intravitreal Ranibizumab and Laser Photocoagulation for Aggressive Posterior Retinopathy of Prematurity

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    Ágata Mota

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    Full Text Available Purpose: To report on 2 cases of aggressive posterior retinopathy of prematurity (ROP treated with intravitreal ranibizumab (Lucentis® and laser photocoagulation. Methods: Two premature females, born at 25 and 26 weeks’ gestation with a birth weight of 530 and 550 g, respectively, with aggressive posterior ROP received combined treatment with laser photocoagulation and intravitreal ranibizumab (0.3 mg [30 µl] to each eye. Structural outcomes were evaluated by indirect ophthalmoscopy and documented by retinography. Results: An intravitreal injection was made at 34 weeks of postmenstrual age in the first case, followed by laser photocoagulation 1 week later. There was a partial regression of ROP with treatment. Five weeks later, neovascularization regrowth with bleeding in both eyes (intraretinal and subhyaloid occurred and retreatment with combined therapy was performed. In the second case, single therapy with laser photocoagulation was made at 34 weeks of postmenstrual age. In spite of the confluent photocoagulation in the avascular area, progression to 4A ROP stage occurred 1 week later. Both eyes were retreated 1 week later with intravitreal ranibizumab and laser photocoagulation. Treatment resulted in ROP regression in both cases. There were no signs of systemic or ocular adverse side effects. Conclusion: The cases presented show that combination therapy of indirect laser photocoagulation and intravitreal ranibizumab can be effective in the management of aggressive posterior ROP. Further investigation on anti-VEGF safety in premature infants is necessary . Additional studies are needed to define the role of anti-VEGF in ROP treatment.

  9. Blockade of Tumor Necrosis Factor-Alpha: A Role for Adalimumab in Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration Refractory to Anti-Angiogenesis Therapy

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    Beatriz Fernández-Vega

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    Full Text Available Aims: To report a case of wet age-related macular degeneration (wet-AMD refractory to intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF therapy in a patient who showed visual and anatomical improvement and stabilization after starting a subcutaneous treatment course with adalimumab, an anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α drug, for concomitant Crohn's disease. Methods: Observational case report of a female patient. Ophthalmological evaluation was performed by slit lamp and ophthalmoscopy (posterior pole and anterior segment. Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA was determined, and imaging was performed by fluorescein angiography, indocyanine green angiography, and optical coherence tomography (OCT. Intravitreal therapies used and treatment with anti-TNF-α were recorded. Results: A 64-year-old woman with wet-AMD was treated with fourteen intravitreal injections of ranibizumab (0.5 mg for a period of 40 months with intervals of 1-6 months. She initially showed a good visual and anatomical response to periodic anti-VEGF treatment but during check visits, anatomical and functional responses deteriorated. At the 40-month follow-up, the patient had developed Crohn's disease, and her rheumatologist started treatment with adalimumab (40 mg subcutaneously every 2 weeks. During the 25 months of treatment with adalimumab, the patient did not require any additional intravitreal anti-VEGF treatments because her BCVA, clinical, and OCT findings improved and remained stable. Conclusions: We described a case of a patient with wet-AMD refractory to anti-VEGF therapy, which clinically benefited from subcutaneous adalimumab therapy. Treatment with subcutaneous anti-TNF-α in combination with anti-VEGF therapy avoids the high cost and risks related to multiple intravitreal anti-VEGF injections with good functional and anatomic outcomes.

  10. Comparison of (18)F-FET and (18)F-FLT small animal PET for the assessment of anti-VEGF treatment response in an orthotopic model of glioblastoma

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    Nedergaard, Mette Kjoelhede; Michaelsen, Signe Regner; Perryman, Lara

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    was to compare FLT and FET PET for the assessment of anti-VEGF response in glioblastoma xenografts. METHODS: Xenografts with confirmed intracranial glioblastoma were treated with anti-VEGF therapy (B20-4.1) or saline as control. Weekly bioluminescence imaging (BLI), FLT and FET PET/CT were used to follow....... Furthermore, we found a significantly lower MVD in the anti-VEGF group as compared to the control group. However, we found no difference in the Ki67 proliferation index or mean survival time. CONCLUSION: FET appears to be a more sensitive tracer than FLT to measure early response to anti-VEGF therapy with PET...

  11. Changing paradigms of anti-VEGF in the Indian scenario

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    P Mahesh Shanmugam

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    Full Text Available Anti-vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGF agents have revolutionized the treatment of retinal diseases. Use of anti-VEGF agents in the Indian Scenario present some unique challenges considering the absence of compounding pharmacies, poor penetrance of health insurance and limited affordability of the citizens of a developing economy. To study the changing paradigms of anti-VEGF use in the Indian scenario, all articles published by Indian authors, data from web-based surveys amongst Indian vitreo-retinal specialists were reviewed. In the paucity of compounding pharmacies in India, fractionation and injection techniques differ from those of developed countries. Frequent anti-VEGF monotherapy offers the best anatomical and visual results, but economics of scale do not allow the same in the Indian scenario, resulting in PRN dosing and combination of anti-VEGF with laser photocoagulation, being the commonly employed treatment protocols.

  12. Photodynamic monotherapy or combination treatment with intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide, bevacizumab or ranibizumab for choroidal neovascularization associated with pathological myopia

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    Pukhraj Rishi

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    Full Text Available This retrospective, interventional case series analyses treatment outcomes in eyes with choroidal neovascularization (CNV secondary to pathological myopia, managed with photodynamic therapy, (PDT, (Group 1, N = 11, PDT and intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide (4 mg/0.1ml (Group 2, N = 3, PDT and intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF bevacizumab 1.25 mg/0.05 ml, ranibizumab 0.5 mg/0.05 ml and reduced-fluence PDT and intravitreal ranibizumab 0.5 mg/0.05 ml (Group 3, N=12. All the patients underwent PDT. Intravitreal injections were repeated as required. SPSS 14 software was used to evaluate the data. Wilcoxon signed ranks test was used to evaluate pre- and post-treatment vision. The Kruskal-Wallis test was used for comparison between the groups. All the groups were statistically comparable. All the eyes showed complete regression of CNV, with a minimum follow-up of six months. All groups had visual improvement; significantly in Group 3 ( p = 0.003. Combination PDT with anti-VEGF agents appeared to be efficacious in eyes with myopic CNV. However, a larger study with a longer follow-up is required to validate these results.

  13. Indications and Treatment Outcomes of Intravitreal Bevacizumab ...

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    angiogenesis, reduces vascular permeability and licensed for use in neovascular macular degeneration. However, its use is on the decline.[11]. The study was conducted to determine the indications and treatment outcomes in the use of intravitreal antiVEGF in a group of patients presenting to a tertiary hospital in Southern.

  14. A randomised, double-masked phase III/IV study of the efficacy and safety of Avastin® (Bevacizumab intravitreal injections compared to standard therapy in subjects with choroidal neovascularisation secondary to age-related macular degeneration: clinical trial design

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    Bunce Catey

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The management of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD has been transformed by the introduction of agents delivered by intravitreal injection which block the action of vascular endothelial growth factor-A (anti-VEGF agents. One such agent in widespread use is bevacizumab which was initially developed for use in oncology. Most of the evidence supporting the use of bevacizumab for nAMD has come from interventional case series and this clinical trial was initiated because of the increasing and widespread use of this agent in the treatment of nAMD (an off-label indication despite a lack of definitive unbiased safety and efficacy data. Methods and design The Avastin® (bevacizumab for choroidal neovascularisation (ABC trial is a double-masked randomised controlled trial comparing intravitreal bevacizumab injections to standard therapy in the treatment of nAMD. Patients are randomised to intravitreal bevacizumab or standard therapy available at the time of trial initiation (verteporfin photodynamic therapy, intravitreal pegaptanib or sham treatment. Ranibizumab treatment was not included in the control arm as it had not been licensed for use at the start of recruitment for this trial. The primary outcome is the proportion of patients gaining ≥ 15 letters of visual acuity at 1 year and secondary outcomes include the proportion of patients with stable vision and mean visual acuity change. Discussion The ABC Trial is the first double-masked randomised control trial to investigate the efficacy and safety of intravitreal bevacizumab in the treatment of nAMD. This trial fully recruited in November 2007 and results should be available in early 2009. Important design issues for this clinical trial include (a defining the control group (b use of gain in vision as primary efficacy end-point and (c use of pro re nata treatment using intravitreal bevacizumab rather than continuous therapy. Trial registration Current controlled

  15. The effect of intravitreal injections on dry eye, and proposed management strategies.

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    Laude, Augustinus; Lim, Jimmy Wk; Srinagesh, Vishwanath; Tong, Louis

    2017-01-01

    Intravitreal injection of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) agents has become a commonly used treatment method for a number of ophthalmic conditions, including age-related macular degeneration. Although anti-VEGF therapy has shown promising results for many patients, there are several aspects of its application that have not been thoroughly investigated. One of these is the development and/or escalation of concurrent dry eye syndrome. Many patients undergoing treatment are already predisposed to dry eye disease due to their age and overall ocular health. As dry eye can have a substantial impact on quality of life, it has become increasingly apparent that the clinical signs and symptoms should be closely monitored and aggressively managed. This will allow for the optimization of patient comfort and visual potential. Here, we discuss the reasons why dry eye may develop during the course of repeated ocular anti-VEGF therapy, highlighting the key concerns about current practices and proposing possible solutions to improve the outcome for the patients.

  16. Transformational change: nurses substituting for ophthalmologists for intravitreal injections – a quality-improvement report

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    Michelotti MM

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    Full Text Available Monica M Michelotti,1 Salwa Abugreen,2 Simon P Kelly,1 Jiten Morarji,1 Debra Myerscough,2 Tina Boddie,2 Ann Haughton,1 Natalie Nixon,2 Brenda Mason,1 Evangelos Sioras11Ophthalmology Department, Royal Bolton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Bolton, UK; 2Ophthalmology Department, East Lancashire NHS Trust, Blackburn, UKBackground: The dramatic increase in need for anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF intravitreal therapy in the treatment of retinal disease and the absence of an equivalent increase in ophthalmologists to undertake such intravitreal injections created a patient-safety risk. Timing of intravitreal therapy (IVT is critical to prevent vision loss and local clinics lacked capacity to treat patients appropriately. We aimed to improve capacity for IVT by nurse injections.Materials and methods: A multidisciplinary prospective service-improvement process was undertaken at two adjacent general hospitals in the northwest of England. IVT injections by nurses were a principal component of solution development. After we had obtained appropriate institutional approval, experienced ophthalmic nurses were trained, supervised, and assessed to undertake IVT. Ophthalmologists directly supervised the first 200 injections, and a retina specialist was always on site.Results: Nurses undertook 3,355 intravitreal injections between June 2012 and November 2013, with minor adverse events (0.3% subconjunctival hemorrhage and corneal abrasion. There were no patient complaints at either hospital.Conclusion: Experienced ophthalmic nurses quickly learned how to perform such injections safely. IVT by nurses was well accepted by patients and staff. Hospital A trained three nurses sequentially for improved flexibility in scheduling. Novel use of appropriately trained nonmedical staff can improve efficiency and access in an overburdened service with time-sensitive disease. Retinal assessment was undertaken by ophthalmologists only. Improved access to IVT

  17. Combination systemic and intravitreal antiviral therapy in the management of acute retinal necrosis syndrome.

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    Yeh, Steven; Suhler, Eric B; Smith, Justine R; Bruce, Beau; Fahle, Gary; Bailey, Steven T; Hwang, Thomas S; Stout, J Timothy; Lauer, Andreas K; Wilson, David J; Rosenbaum, James T; Flaxel, Christina J

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    Acute retinal necrosis (ARN) may lead to severe visual loss because of its rapid progression and high likelihood of retinal detachment (RD). This study investigates whether combination systemic and intravitreal antiviral therapy is superior to systemic antiviral therapy alone. Single-center, interventional, comparative case series of patients with ARN treated with combination systemic antiviral and intravitreal foscarnet injection therapy or systemic antiviral therapy alone. Survival analysis and incidence rates of visual acuity (VA) gain of two lines or greater, severe visual loss of 20/200 or worse, and RD were assessed. Twelve patients received combination therapy and 12 received systemic therapy alone. Patients receiving combination therapy were more likely to gain two or more lines of VA and showed decreased incidences of severe visual loss and RD. Combination oral and intravitreal antiviral therapy may improve the likelihood for VA gain and decrease the risk of RD in patients with ARN. Clinicians should consider administering combination systemic and intravitreal antiviral therapy for patients with the ARN syndrome.

  18. Fixation stability and implication for multifocal electroretinography in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration after anti-VEGF treatment

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    Pedersen, Karen Bjerg; Sjølie, Anne Katrin; Vestergaard, Anders Højslet

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: To quantify fixation stability in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) at baseline, 3 and 6 months after anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) treatment and furthermore asses the implications of an unsteady fixation for multifocal...... electroretinography (mfERG) measurements. Methods: Fifty eyes of 50 nAMD patients receiving intravitreal anti-VEGF treatment with either bevacizumab or ranibizumab and eight eyes of eight control subjects were included. Fixation stability measurements were performed with the Eye-Link eyetracking system...... and the retinal area in degrees2 (deg2) containing the 68 % most frequently used fixation points (RAF68) was calculated. MfERG P1 amplitude and implicit time were analyzed in six concentric rings and as a summed response. Patients were examined at baseline, 3 and 6 months. Four different mfERG recordings were...

  19. [Changes in OCT Angiography of Type 2 CNV in Neovascular AMD during Anti-VEGF Treatment].

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    Faatz, Henrik; Rothaus, Kai; Gunnemann, Frederic; Gutfleisch, Matthias; Heimes-Bussmann, Britta; Lommatzsch, Albrecht; Pauleikoff, Daniel; Farecki, Marie-Louise

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    Purpose OCT-A is a new method to visualise the 2D and 3D structures of neovascular complexes in exudative AMD. The aim of the present study was to characterise type 2 CNV in different 2D segmentations and in 3D imaging and to investigate changes during anti-VEGF treatment. Methods 12 patients with type 2 CNV in FA and SD-OCT were selected. OCT-A (Avanti, Optovue) was obtained initially and after the first three injections and thereafter, if "new activity" (increase in sub- or intraretinal fluid) occurred. The characteristics of the type 2 CNV were classified initially and during follow-up in different segmentations (outer retina, RPE, CC, choroidea), in respect to the size of the CNV, the flow area within the CNV and flow index (% of flow area within the total lesion). Results Comparison of the vessel characteristics before and after anti-VEGF treatment showed a significant reduction in the size of CNV at every level (p OCT-A provides a new opportunity for the assessment of vascular characteristics of type 2 CNV, and quantifies CNV size and vascularisation under anti-VEGF therapy. This may be used in further studies in combination with SD-OCT scans to describe characteristics of this type of CNV under treatment. OCT-A is an additional medical imaging procedure to SD-OCT and FA, but more experience is needed in distinguishing CNV in the active and non-active stages. Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  20. The influence of anti-VEGF therapy on present day management of macular edema due to BRVO and CRVO: a longitudinal analysis on visual function, injection time interval and complications.

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    Papadia, Marina; Misteli, Marie; Jeannin, Bruno; Herbort, Carl P

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of intravitreal bevacizumab injections on the management and outcome of patients affected by retinal vein occlusions, their effectiveness on morphological and functional parameters, the modalities of long-term management and the need for additional laser treatment due to ischemic retinal evolution. Patients diagnosed with branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO) or central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) had a comprehensive work-up including complete ophthalmic examination, fluorangiography (FA), optical coherence tomography (OCT), visual field testing (VFT), microperimetry (MP), and laser flare photometry (LFP). In case of BRVO, intraocular bevacizumab injection was performed if significant macular edema/visual deficit was still present 3 months after onset of occlusion and injections were started at presentation in case of CRVO. Post-injection follow-up examination including best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), intraocular pressure (IOP), LFP, OCT, MP, and VFT were performed monthly and recorded at the end of follow-up. Follow-up FA was performed between 12 and 18 months after diagnosis. Injections were repeated in case of recurrence of a significant central macular edema. Patients were subdivided into 2 groups according to number of injections: 1-4 injections or more than 4 injections. The proportion of resolved cases (no recurrence after a minimum follow-up of 12 months) was calculated and correlated with number of injections. In patients needing sustained injections, management modalities were recorded. The proportion of patients having needed laser photocoagulation treatment because of significant ischemic signs was recorded. Fifty-one patients were diagnosed with retinal vein occlusion between 2006 and 2012 at the Centre for Specialized Ophthalmic Care (COS) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Forty-four had enough data and were included in the study. Nine eyes were affected by CRVO and 35 were affected by BRVO. Mean BCVA

  1. One-Year Outcome of Aflibercept and Photodynamic Therapy in a Caucasian Patient with Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy Refractory to Ranibizumab and Photodynamic Therapy

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    Marta Medina-Baena

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    Full Text Available Polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV is a subtype of neovascular age-related macular degeneration characterised by an abnormal branching vascular network with aneurysmal polypoidal choroidal vascular lesions. PCV is more prevalent in Asian populations than in Caucasians, which may explain its underdiagnosis in Western countries. Evidence regarding the efficacy of different anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF agents on PCV is scarce, with most of these studies being conducted in Asian treatment-naïve patients. Ranibizumab was the first anti-VEGF agent to demonstrate the superiority of a combination of photodynamic therapy (PDT and anti-VEGF over PDT or anti-VEGF monotherapy for inducing polyp regression in Asian patients with PCV. The efficacy of other anti-VEGF agents has been less studied. Resistance to ranibizumab has been described. Aflibercept offers another mechanism of targeting choroidal neovascular lesions. A 75-year-old Caucasian woman presenting to our office was diagnosed with PCV using indocyanine green angiography. Combination therapy with a loading dose of 0.5 mg intravitreal ranibizumab followed by PDT at standard fluence at month 4 and a fourth dose of ranibizumab at month 5 yielded no visual or anatomic outcomes. Treatment was switched to intravitreal aflibercept at month 6 (3 monthly loading doses of 2.0 mg followed by half-fluence PDT (month 9. Optical coherence tomography revealed remission of the anatomic lesions. Right-eye visual acuity increased to 0.6. Aflibercept injections were administered bimonthly afterwards. Follow-up during 1 year has shown functional and anatomic stability.

  2. Dexamethasone intravitreal implants for diabetic macular edema refractory to ranibizumab monotherapy or combination therapy.

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    Gutiérrez-Benítez, L; Millan, E; Arias, L; Garcia, P; Cobos, E; Caminal, M

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    To determine the effectiveness and local safety of dexamethasone intravitreal implants as a treatment in diabetic macular edema (DME) refractory to intravitreal injections of ranibizumab monotherapy or combination therapy. A retrospective study conducted on patients with DME refractory to ranibizumab monotherapy or combined with other treatments treated with dexamethasone intravitreal implants. The parameters analyzed were visual acuity (VA) by ETDRS (Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study) charts and foveal thickness by spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) before the treatment, 2 months after treatment, and at the end of the follow-up. A total of 14 eyes of 14 patients were included, with a mean age of 64 years (SD: 9.5; range 41-78) and a mean follow-up of 7.6 months. The mean VA improved from 53 letters to 59 letters at 2 months (P=.03), and 57 at the end of the follow-up period (P=.3). The mean foveal thickness decreased from 502 μ to 304 μ at 2 months (P=.001), and 376 μ at the end of the follow-up period (P=.009). Further treatment with intravitreal dexamethasone was required in 43% of the patients, and 21% had increased intraocular pressure, which was controlled with topical medication. Intravitreal dexamethasone implant is an effective and locally safe treatment for the management of DME refractory to ranibizumab monotherapy or combined with other treatments. Copyright © 2014 Sociedad Española de Oftalmología. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  3. Combination of Anti-VEGF and Laser Photocoagulation for Diabetic Macular Edema: A Review

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    Laura N. Distefano

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Diabetic macular edema (DME is the most common cause of vision loss in diabetic patients. Thirty years ago, the Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS demonstrated that focal/grid laser photocoagulation reduces moderate vision loss from DME by 50% or more; thus, macular photocoagulation became the gold standard treatment for DME. However, with the development of anti-VEGF drugs (bevacizumab, ranibizumab, and aflibercept, better outcomes were obtained in terms of visual acuity gain and decrease in macular thickness in some studies when antiangiogenic drugs were administered in monotherapy. Macular laser therapy may still play an important role as an adjuvant treatment because it is able to improve macular thickness outcomes and reduce the number of injections needed. Here, we review some of the clinical trials that have assessed the efficacy of macular laser treatment, either as part of the treatment protocol or as rescue therapy.

  4. Effect of photodynamic therapy combined with intravitreal ranibizumab injection on circumscribed choroidal hemangioma

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    Yu-Shun Xue

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    Full Text Available AIM:To investigate the effect of photodynamic therapy(PDTcombined with intravitreal injection of ranibizumab on circumscribed choroidal hemangioma(CCH. METHODS:A retrospective study was performed for 6 eyes(6 casesdiagnosed as CCH. Before treatment, OCT examination showed macular cystoid edema and retinal neurepithelium layer detachment in all patients. All patients underwent photodynamic therapy, then intravitreal injection of ranibizumab 0.5mg(0.05mLwere administered at 48h after PDT. The best corrected visual acuity(BCVA, examination of the ocular fundus, fundus photography, fluorescence fundus angiography(FFA, indocyanine green angiography(ICGA, eye B ultrasonic and optical coherence tomography(OCTwere performed respectively at 1, 3 and 6mo after treatment. RESULTS:The patients were followed up for 4 to 10mo, the final vision of follow-up increased than before, it was raised 7 lines. The images of ICGA revealed hypofluorescence or no leakage in focal area. Eye B ultrasonic showed that hemangioma shrunk or faded. The images of ICGA revealed macular region retinal reattached well and edema disappeared completely. Mean flow-up was 6mo postoperative. There had no evidence of recurrence. CONCLUSION:For CCH patients, hemangioma got smaller obviously by PDT. Intravitreal ranibizumab injection promote effusion absorption under the retina. Combining use of the two therapies could improve visual acuity in a short-term.

  5. The effect of intravitreal injections on dry eye, and proposed management strategies

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    Laude A

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    Full Text Available Augustinus Laude,1–3 Jimmy WK Lim,1,2 Vishwanath Srinagesh,4 Louis Tong2,5–7 1National Healthcare Group Eye Institute, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, 2Singapore Eye Research Institute, 3Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; 4Krieger Eye Institute, Baltimore, MD, USA; 5Singapore National Eye Centre, 6Duke NUS Medical School, 7Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore Abstract: Intravitreal injection of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF agents has become a commonly used treatment method for a number of ophthalmic conditions, including age-related macular degeneration. Although anti-VEGF therapy has shown promising results for many patients, there are several aspects of its application that have not been thoroughly investigated. One of these is the development and/or escalation of concurrent dry eye syndrome. Many patients undergoing treatment are already predisposed to dry eye disease due to their age and overall ocular health. As dry eye can have a substantial impact on quality of life, it has become increasingly apparent that the clinical signs and symptoms should be closely monitored and aggressively managed. This will allow for the optimization of patient comfort and visual potential. Here, we discuss the reasons why dry eye may develop during the course of repeated ocular anti-VEGF therapy, highlighting the key concerns about current practices and proposing possible solutions to improve the outcome for the patients. Keywords: age-related macular degeneration, povidone–iodine, toxicity, ocular health, chronic ophthalmic treatment

  6. Systemic Biodistribution and Intravitreal Pharmacokinetic Properties of Bevacizumab, Ranibizumab, and Aflibercept in a Nonhuman Primate Model.

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    Christoforidis, John Byron; Briley, Karen; Binzel, Katherine; Bhatia, Prayna; Wei, Lai; Kumar, Krishan; Knopp, Michael Vinzenz

    2017-11-01

    To determine the intravitreal pharmacokinetic properties and to study the systemic biodistribution characteristics of I-124-labeled bevacizumab, ranibizumab, and aflibercept with positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET/CT) imaging in a nonhuman primate model. Three groups with four owl monkeys per group underwent intravitreal injection with 1.25 mg/0.05 mL I-124 bevacizumab, 0.5 mg/0.05 mL I-124 ranibizumab, or 2.0 mg/0.05 mL I-124 aflibercept in the right eye of each subject. All subjects were imaged using PET/CT on days 0, 1, 2, 4, 8, 14, 21, 28, and 35. Serum blood draws were performed at hours 1, 2, 4, 8, 12 and days 1, 2, 4, 8, 14, 21, 28, and 35. Radioactivity emission measurements were used to determine the intravitreal half-lives of each agent and to study the differences of radioactivity uptake in nonocular organs. The intravitreal half-lives were 3.60 days for I-124 bevacizumab, 2.73 days for I-124 ranibizumab, and 2.44 days for I-124 aflibercept. Serum levels were highest and most prolonged for bevacizumab as compared to both ranibizumab and aflibercept. All agents were primarily excreted through the renal and mononuclear phagocyte systems. However, bevacizumab was also found in significantly higher levels in the liver, heart, and distal femur bones. Among the three anti-VEGF agents used in clinical practice, bevacizumab demonstrated the longest intravitreal retention time and aflibercept the shortest. Significantly higher and prolonged levels of bevacizumab were found in the serum as well as in the heart, liver, and distal bones. These differences may be considered by clinicians when formulating treatment algorithms for intravitreal therapies with these agents.

  7. Bevacizumab (Avastin) conjugated microbubbles for anti-VEGF treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration

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    Zhang, Leilei; Xu, Jeff; Huang, Jiwei; Roberts, Cynthia; Xu, Ronald

    2010-02-01

    Bevacizumab (Avastin) has been used as one of the anti-VEGF therapies to manage neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The drug delivery system for bevacizumab needs to be improved in order to decrease the frequency of injection and reduce the adverse effects. In our study, bevacizumab was conjugated with poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microbubbles by activating carboxyl functional groups. The averaged size of microbubbles was estimated 1.055+/-0.258μm, allowing for ultrasound guided drug delivery. The binding efficiency between bevacizumab and microbubbles was evaluated in an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay plate. The test results demonstrated the potential of using PLGA microbubbles to deliver bevacizumab with imaging guidance.

  8. Combination systemic and intravitreal antiviral therapy in the management of acute retinal necrosis syndrome (an American Ophthalmological Society thesis).

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    Flaxel, Christina J; Yeh, Steven; Lauer, Andreas K

    2013-09-01

    To compare the outcomes of combination systemic and intravitreal antiviral therapy vs systemic antiviral therapy alone for treating acute retinal necrosis syndrome (ARN). We hypothesize that combination therapy might result in superior visual acuity (VA) and retinal detachment (RD) outcomes vs traditional systemic antiviral therapy alone. A retrospective, interventional, comparative single-center study of patients with ARN. We reviewed demographic data, herpesvirus diagnoses, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) results, VA, RD, and the use of systemic and intravitreal antiviral therapy. Outcome measures included VA improvement by 2 or more lines, severe visual loss, VA ≤20/200, and RD. We studied 29 eyes of 24 patients, treated from 1987 through 2009. Mean age was 42.6 years and mean follow-up was 44.0 months. Twelve patients (14 eyes) were treated with combined systemic and intravitreal antiviral therapy and 12 patients (15 eyes) with systemic therapy alone. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis revealed that patients receiving combination intravitreal and systemic antiviral therapy were more likely to have VA improved by 2 lines or greater (P=.006). Patients receiving combination therapy also showed a decreased incidence of progression to severe visual loss (0.13/patient-years [PY]) compared to patients receiving systemic therapy alone (0.54/PY, P=.02) and had decreased incidence of RD (0.29/PY vs 0.74/PY, P=.03). Combination oral and intravitreal antiviral therapy may improve visual and functional outcomes in patients with ARN. Clinicians should consider prompt administration of combination systemic and intravitreal antiviral therapy as first-line treatment for patients with clinical features of ARN.

  9. LOW ENDOPHTHALMITIS RATES AFTER INTRAVITREAL ANTI-VASCULAR ENDOTHELIAL GROWTH FACTOR INJECTIONS IN AN OPERATION ROOM

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    Freiberg, Florentina J; Brynskov, Troels; Munk, Marion R

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    PURPOSE: To evaluate the rate of presumed endophthalmitis (EO) after intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) injections in three European hospitals performed in an operation room (OR) under sterile conditions. METHODS: A retrospective multicenter study between 2003 and 20...

  10. Monitoring and Targeting Anti-VEGF Induced Hypoxia within the Viable Tumor by 19F–MRI and Multispectral Analysis

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    Yunzhou Shi

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available The effect of anti-angiogenic agents on tumor oxygenation has been in question for a number of years, where both increases and decreases in tumor pO2 have been observed. This dichotomy in results may be explained by the role of vessel normalization in the response of tumors to anti-angiogenic therapy, where anti-angiogenic therapies may initially improve both the structure and the function of tumor vessels, but more sustained or potent anti-angiogenic treatments will produce an anti-vascular response, producing a more hypoxic environment. The first goal of this study was to employ multispectral (MS 19F–MRI to noninvasively quantify viable tumor pO2 and evaluate the ability of a high dose of an antibody to vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF to produce a strong and prolonged anti-vascular response that results in significant tumor hypoxia. The second goal of this study was to target the anti-VEGF induced hypoxic tumor micro-environment with an agent, tirapazamine (TPZ, which has been designed to target hypoxic regions of tumors. These goals have been successfully met, where an antibody that blocks both murine and human VEGF-A (B20.4.1.1 was found by MS 19F–MRI to produce a strong anti-vascular response and reduce viable tumor pO2 in an HM-7 xenograft model. TPZ was then employed to target the anti-VEGF-induced hypoxic region. The combination of anti-VEGF and TPZ strongly suppressed HM-7 tumor growth and was superior to control and both monotherapies. This study provides evidence that clinical trials combining anti-vascular agents with hypoxia-activated prodrugs should be considered to improved efficacy in cancer patients.

  11. Treatment of Corneal Neovascularization Using Anti-VEGF Bevacizumab

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    Deli Krizova

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To evaluate antiangiogenic effect of local use of bevacizumab (anti-VEGF antibody in patients with corneal neovascularization. Methods. Patients were divided into two groups. All patients suffered from some form of corneal neovascularization (NV. Patients in group A received 0.2–0.5 mL of bevacizumab solution subconjunctivally (concentration 25 mg/mL in a single dose. Group A included 28 eyes from 27. Patients in group B applied bevacizumab eye drops twice daily (concentration 2.5 mg/mL for two weeks. Group B included 38 eyes from 35 patients. We evaluated the number of corneal segments affected by NV, CDVA, and the incidence of complications and subjective complaints related to the treatment. The minimum follow-up period was six months. Results. By the 6-month follow-up, in group A the percentage reduction of the affected peripheral segments was 21.6% and of the central segments was 9.6%; in group B the percentage reduction of the central segments was 22.7% and of the central segments was 38.04%. In both groups we noticed a statistically significant reduction in the extent of NV. Conclusion. The use of bevacizumab seems to be an effective and safe method in the treatment of corneal neovascularization, either in the subconjunctival or topical application form.

  12. Combination therapy of intravitreal triamcinolone and photodynamic therapy with verteporfin for subfoveal choroidal neovascularization

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    Hussain Nazimul

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    Full Text Available Aim: To evaluate the six months follow-up outcome of combined intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide (IVTA and photodynamic therapy (PDT for subfoveal choroidal neovascularization compared to PDT alone. Study design: Prospective interventional pilot study. Materials and Methods: Patients with six months follow-up of IVTA following PDT (Group I, eight eyes and PDT alone (Group II, eight eyes were included. Four mg/ 0.1 ml of IVTA was injected 7-10 days following PDT. The patients were reevaluated every month for the first two months and every three months thereafter in both the groups. Results: Group I: The mean age was 65.8±11.8 years (range: 47-79 years. Five patients were male. The total treatment sessions in six months were 11 (mean: 1.36. At six months, one eye had ³ 10 letters gain and three eyes had > 10 letters loss. Four eyes had stable vision. Two eyes (25% developed increased intraocular pressure (>40 mmHg during follow-up. Group II: The mean age was 58.7±11.7 years (range: 46-76 years. Five patients were male. The total treatment sessions in six months were 17 (mean: 2.13. At six months, six eyes had ³ 10 letters gain and none had > 10 letters loss. Two eyes had stable vision. Conclusion: The mean number of treatment sessions following combination therapy of IVTA (4 mg and PDT appears relatively less (1.36 at six months compared to PDT alone (mean: 2.13. ( P =0.02

  13. Analysis on the effect of anti-VEGF drugs on IOP, BCVA and mfERG changes in patients with idiopathic CNV

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    Peng-Ju Jing

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    Full Text Available AIM: To investigate the efficacy of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor(VEGFdrugs in the treatment of choroidal neovascularization(CNVand its effects on intraocular pressure, best corrected visual acuity(BCVAand multifocal electroretinogram(mfERG. METHODS:Totally 44 cases(44 eyesof idiopathic CNV patients treated in our hospital from February 2015 to January 2017 were selected. All patients were treated with intravitreal injection of anti-VEGF. BCVA, intraocular pressure, mfERG and central retinal thickness(CRTwere observed after treatment. RESULTS: At 1 and 3mo after treatment, BCVA and CRT were significantly improved than those before treatment(PPP>0.05. At 1 and 3mo after treatment, amplitudes of Ring1, Ring2 and Ring4 NI-P1 were higher than those before treatment(PPPP>0.05. CONCLUSION: Anti-VEGF drugs are effective in the treatment of idiopathic CNV, which can improve vision and macular retinal function, decrease the retinal thickness, and do not affect the intraocular pressure.

  14. Epidemiological and Clinical Baseline Characteristics as Predictive Biomarkers of Response to Anti-VEGF Treatment in Patients with Neovascular AMD

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    Miltiadis K. Tsilimbaris

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To review the current literature investigating patient response to antivascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF therapy in the treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD and to identify baseline characteristics that might predict response. Method. A literature search of the PubMed database was performed, using the keywords: AMD, anti-VEGF, biomarker, optical coherence tomography, treatment outcome, and predictor. The search was limited to articles published from 2006 to date. Exclusion criteria included phase 1 trials, case reports, studies focusing on indications other than nAMD, and oncology. Results. A total of 1467 articles were identified, of which 845 were excluded. Of the 622 remaining references, 47 met all the search criteria and were included in this review. Conclusion. Several baseline characteristics correlated with anti-VEGF treatment response, including best-corrected visual acuity, age, lesion size, and retinal thickness. The majority of factors were associated with disease duration, suggesting that longer disease duration before treatment results in worse treatment outcomes. This highlights the need for early treatment for patients with nAMD to gain optimal treatment outcomes. Many of the identified baseline characteristics are interconnected and cannot be evaluated in isolation; therefore multivariate analyses will be required to determine any specific relationship with treatment response.

  15. Intravitreal bevacizumab associated with photodynamic therapy in a case of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy associated with choroidal nevus: A case report.

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    Rangel, Carlos M; Villota, Eva; Fernández-Vega González, Álvaro; Sanchez-Avila, Ronald M

    2017-12-01

    Report the clinical findings and management of a case of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy associated with choroidal nevus which received combination therapy. Decreased visual acuity in a woman with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy and choroidal nevus. Polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy and choroidal nevus. The initial visual acuity was 0.5. After the first treatment with photodynamic therapy, exudation and bleeding appeared around the lesion. After this, the patient received 3 doses of intravitreal bevacizumab. After treatment with combination therapy, visual acuity, clinical and imaging findings improved, with no recurrence of exudation and bleeding. Intravitreal bevacizumab as an adjunctive treatment after photodynamic therapy is a good option for patients with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy associated with choroidal nevus. Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Experiences of patients undergoing repeated intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor injections for neovascular age-related macular degeneration.

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    Boyle, Jessica; Vukicevic, Meri; Koklanis, Konstandina; Itsiopoulos, Catherine; Rees, Gwyneth

    2018-02-01

    Current therapy to slow disease progression in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) entails regular intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) injections, often indefinitely. Little is known about the burden imposed on patients by this repetitive treatment schedule and how this can be best managed. The aim of this study was to explore the psychosocial impact of repeated intravitreal injections on patients with neovascular AMD. Forty patients (16 males, 24 females) with neovascular AMD undergoing anti-VEGF treatment were recruited using purposive sampling from a private ophthalmology practice and public hospital in Melbourne. Patients were surveyed using the Macular Disease Treatment Satisfaction Questionnaire (MacTSQ; Bradley, Health Psychology Research Unit, Surrey, England) and underwent semi-structured, one-on-one interviews. Interview topics were: treatment burden and satisfaction; tolerability; barriers to adherence; treatment motivation; and patient education. Interviews were audio recorded and thematic analysis performed using NVivo 10 (QSR International, Doncaster, Australia). Patients recognised the importance of treatment to preserve eyesight, yet experienced significant psychosocial and practical burden from the treatment schedule. Important issues included treatment-related anxiety, financial considerations and transport burden placed on relatives or carers. Many patients were restricted to sedentary activities post-injection owing to treatment side effects. Patients prioritised treatment, often sacrificing family, travel and social commitments owing to a fear of losing eyesight if treatment was not received. Whilst anti-VEGF injections represent the current mainstay of treatment for neovascular AMD, the ongoing treatment protocol imposes significant burden on patients. An understanding of the factors that contribute to the burden of treatment may help inform strategies to lessen its impact and assist

  17. Intravitreal bevacizumab for neovascular glaucoma in uveal melanoma treated by proton beam therapy.

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    Mahdjoubi, Amir; Najean, Marie; Lemaitre, Stéphanie; Dureau, Sylvain; Dendale, Rémi; Levy, Christine; Rouic, Livia Lumbroso-Le; Desjardins, Laurence; Cassoux, Nathalie

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    To evaluate the efficacy of bevacizumab on reduction of the enucleation rate and control of intraocular pressure (IOP) in neovascular glaucoma (NVG)-complicating proton beam therapy for UM and to identify the determinants of the efficacy of bevacizumab. Retrospective comparative study of patients with rubeosis following proton therapy for uveal melanoma. Patients were divided into two groups: a bevacizumab group and a control group which comprised two subgroups: panretinal photocoagulation (PRP)/cryotherapy and observation subgroups. Bevacizumab was administered by three intravitreal injections at 1-month intervals. A second series of injections was administered when necessary. Data concerning IOP and the secondary enucleation rate were collected and compared between the two groups. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to determine predictive factors of response to bevacizumab. A total of 169 patients who developed rubeosis following proton therapy between 2006 and 2016 were included: 44 patients in the bevacizumab group and 125 in the control group (38 in the PRP/cryotherapy subgroup and 87 in the observation subgroup). The two groups presented the same baseline characteristics apart from hypertension, retro-equatorial site, and proximity of the optic disk, which were more frequent in the control group, while initial retinal detachment and larger tumor volume were more frequent in the bevacizumab group. After a mean follow-up of 31 months, IOP was less than 21 mmHg in 54.54% of patients after IVB versus 72.7% before treatment (p = 0.06). Statistical analysis did not reveal any statistically significant reduction of the enucleation rate in the bevacizumab group compared to the observational group, whereas the PRP/cryotherapy group showed better eye retention rate (p = 0.15). No enucleation was performed when IOP was bevacizumab. Despite the improvement of IOP level, intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB) did not reduce the overall enucleation rate in

  18. Low fluence rate photodynamic therapy combined with intravitreal bevacizumab for neovascular age-related macular degeneration.

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    Costagliola, Ciro; Romano, Mario R; Rinaldi, Michele; dell'Omo, Roberto; Chiosi, Flavia; Menzione, Massimo; Semeraro, Francesco

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    To report the efficacy and safety of intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB) alone versus IVB plus low-fluence photodynamic therapy (PDT) in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) patients and to verify the occurrence of a synergistic effect of the combined approach on visual acuity, size and morphology of lesion, as well as on the treatment rate. Prospective comparative interventional study on 85 patients with treatment-naive classic, or predominantly classic, subfoveal choroidal neovascularisation secondary to AMD. Patients were randomly assigned to group 1 (IVB injections) and group 2 (IVB plus low fluence PDT). In group 2, the PDT with verteporfin was delivered with a low fluence rate (300 mW/cm2 for 83 s, 25 J/cm2). The follow-up was scheduled at 1, 3, 6, 9 and 12 months. The eye without recurrence received a mean of 2.8 (group 1) versus 1.4 (group 2) IVB injections, whereas the eyes with recurrence received a mean of 3.2 (group 1) versus 2.2 (group 2) IVB injections. The difference in reinjection rate between the two groups was statistically significant (p=0.03, ANOVA test). Visual acuity improvement was not statistically significant between the two groups (p=0.31). The combination of IVB with low fluence PDT for the treatment of classic or predominantly classic neovascular AMD works in a synergistic fashion with a significant reduction in IVB reinjections rate.

  19. Profiling Analysis of Histone Modifications and Gene Expression in Lewis Lung Carcinoma Murine Cells Resistant to Anti-VEGF Treatment.

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    Full Text Available Tumor cells become resistant after long-term use of anti-VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor agents. Our previous study shows that treatment with a VEGF inhibitor (VEGF-Trap facilitates to develop tumor resistance through regulating angiogenesis-related genes. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain elusive. Histone modifications as a key epigenetic factor play a critical role in regulation of gene expression. Here, we explore the potential epigenetic gene regulatory functions of key histone modifications during tumor resistance in a mouse Lewis lung carcinoma (LLC cell line. We generated high resolution genome-wide maps of key histone modifications in sensitive tumor sample (LLC-NR and resistant tumor sample (LLC-R after VEGF-Trap treatment. Profiling analysis of histone modifications shows that histone modification levels are effectively predictive for gene expression. Composition of promoters classified by histone modification state is different between LLC-NR and LLC-R cell lines regardless of CpG content. Histone modification state change between LLC-NR and LLC-R cell lines shows different patterns in CpG-rich and CpG-poor promoters. As a consequence, genes with different level of CpG content whose gene expression level are altered are enriched in distinct functions. Notably, histone modification state change in promoters of angiogenesis-related genes consists with their expression alteration. Taken together, our findings suggest that treatment with anti-VEGF therapy results in extensive histone modification state change in promoters with multiple functions, particularly, biological processes related to angiogenesis, likely contributing to tumor resistance development.

  20. The efficacy of intravitreal antivascular endothelial growth factor as ...

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    such as retinal vein occlusion[6] and diabetic retinopathy[7] have led to a paradigm shift in the management of these conditions. As an extension of this, anti-VEGF (bevacizumab) therapy has been used in treating ROP, initially as an adjunct to laser therapy and subsequently as primary treatment. Several case studies have ...

  1. Photodynamic therapy of choroidal neovascularization with enlargement of the spot size to include the feeding complex

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    Ilias Georgalas

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Ilias Georgalas, Alexandros A Rouvas, Dimitrios A Karagiannis, Athanasios I Kotsolis, Ioannis D LadasDepartment of Ophthalmology, Medical School of Athens University, Athens, GreeceAbstract: This is a case report of a 83-year-old man with choroidal neovascularization (CNV, due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD in his right eye. Digital fluorescein (FA and indocyanine green angiography (ICG were performed, which disclosed predominantly classic subfoveal CNV and a dilated and tortuous feeding complex. The visual acuity was 20/800. Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF treatment was suggested, however, the patient was not keen to receive an intraocular injection. Modified photodynamic therapy (PDT with spot size enlarged, to include not only the CNV lesion but the feeding complex as well, was performed. Ten days after one session of PDT, ICG showed absence of leakage from the CNV and complete occlusion of the feeding complex. The visual acuity gradually improved to 20/100 and remained stable during the following 23 months. No evidence of CNV leakage was seen in the FA and ICG during the follow up period. Adjustment of the PDT spot size to include the detectable by ICG feeding complex might be an additional option in order to close the subfoveal CNV and might be considered as an alternative to intravitreal injection of anti-VEGF in selected cases where anti-VEGF treatment is not available.Keywords: age-related macular degeneration, choroidal neovascularization, photodynamic treatment, feeder vessel

  2. The effect of intravitreal bevacizumab and ranibizumab on cutaneous tensile strength during wound healing

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    Christoforidis JB

    2013-01-01

    : saline controls, 18.31 ± 0.43; bevacizumab, 11.02 ± 0.45 (P < 0.0001; and ranibizumab, 13.55 ± 0.43 (P < 0.0001. The interobserver correlation coefficient was 0.928.Conclusion: At day 7, both anti–vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF agents had significantly suppressed MNV scores and exerted a significant reduction of cutaneous wound tensile strength compared with saline controls. At day 14, neither agent produced a significant effect on tensile wound strength. Since angiogenesis is an integral component of the proliferative phase of wound healing, we encourage clinicians to be aware of their patients' recent surgical history during intravitreal anti-VEGF therapy and to consider refraining from their use during the perioperative period.Keywords: wound healing, tensile strength, bevacizumab, ranibizumab

  3. Subjective health expectations of patients with age-related macular degeneration treated with antiVEGF drugs.

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    Péntek, Márta; Brodszky, Valentin; Biró, Zsolt; Kölkedi, Zsófia; Dunai, Árpád; Németh, János; Baji, Petra; Rencz, Fanni; Gulácsi, László; Resch, Miklós D

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    Subjective expectations regarding future health may influence patients' judgement of current health and treatment effects, as well as adherence to therapies in chronic diseases. We aimed to explore subjective expectations on longevity and future health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) treated with antiVEGF injections and analyse the influencing factors. Consecutive AMD patients in two ophthalmology centres were included. Demographics, clinical characteristics and informal care utilisation were recorded. Current health was evaluated by the EQ-5D generic health status questionnaire and time trade-off (TTO) methods. Happiness was measured on a visual analogue scale (VAS). Subjective life-expectancy and expected EQ-5D status at ages 70, 80 and 90 were surveyed. T-test was applied to compare subgroups and Pearson correlations were performed to analyse relationships between variables. One hundred twenty two patients were involved (females 62%) with a mean (SD) age of 75.2 (7.9) years and disease duration of 2.9 (2.5) years. The majority were in AREDS-4 state, the better eye's ETDRS was 64.7 (15.4). EQ-5D and TTO revealed moderate deterioration of health (0.66 vs. 0.72, p = 0.131), happiness VAS was 6.3 (2.2). Correlation between EQ-5D and ETDRS was moderate (R = 0.242, p Subjective life-expectancy did not differ significantly from statistical life-expectancy and had no significant impact on TTO. The self-estimated mean EQ-5D score was 0.60, 0.40 and 0.24 for ages 70, 80 and 90 which is lower than the population norm of age-groups 65-74, 75-84 and 85+ (0.77, 0.63 and 0.63, respectively). Age, gender, current EQ-5D, need for informal care and happiness were deterministic factors of subjective health expectations. AMD patients with antiVEGF treatment have comparable HRQOL as the age-matched general public but expect a more severe deterioration of health with age. Older patients with worse HRQOL have worse

  4. Combined photodynamic therapy and intravitreal bevacizumab for idiopathic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy: one-year follow-up

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    Mario R Romano

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Mario R Romano1, Ugo Cipollone2, Francesco Semeraro3, Michele Rinaldi4, Ciro Costagliola11Dipartimento di Scienze per la Salute, Università degli Studi del Molise, Campobasso; 2Dipartimento di Oftalmologia, Ospedale G Vietri, Larino, Campobasso; 3Clinica Oculistica, Università degli Studi di Brescia, Brescia; 4Clinica Oculistica, II Università degli Studi di Napoli, Napoli, ItalyObjective: To report the efficacy and safety of combined photodynamic therapy (PDT and intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB injection in the treatment of idiopathic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (IPCV.Material and methods: A prospective case series of 10 eyes of 10 consecutive patients affected by IPCV with subfoveal involvement. PDT plus IVB (1.25 mg/0.05 mL injection two weeks later was performed in all patients. Two adjunctive injections of bevacizumab were scheduled at four and eight weeks after the initial treatment. Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA, fluorescein and indocyanine green angiographies, and optical coherence tomography were obtained at baseline, and at one, three, six, nine, and 12 months.Results: The combined treatment led to an improvement of both neurosensory detachment and pigmented epithelial detachment in all eyes, with a decrease of exudation and regression of macular thickness, which remained stable to the end of follow-up. However, BCVA remained stable over the 12 months of follow-up.Conclusion: These findings demonstrate that PDT/IVB combined therapy is able to achieve morphologic stabilization of the IPCV lesion, through a rapid decrease of macular thickness and regression of the size of polypoidal vascular lesion.Keywords: combined treatment, idiopathic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy, age-related macular degeneration, intravitreal bevacizumab, photodynamic therapy

  5. Intravitreal bevacizumab therapy for idiophatic juxtafoveolar retinal telangiectasis associated with serous macular detachment

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    Paulo Escarião

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    Full Text Available The authors describe a 50-year-old woman with group 2 juxtafoveolar retinal telangiectasis and macular detachment treated with a single-dose of intravitreous bevacizumab injection. There was an improvement in her visual acuity, with a decrease in retinal thickness showed by the optical coherence tomography and fluorescein leakage in the angiography on follow-up visits. No adverse events were observed as a result of the treatment used. After one year of follow-up, the vision remained stable and macular detachment did not recur.

  6. Subconjunctival hemorrhage after intravitreal injection of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor.

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    Yun, Cheolmin; Oh, Jaeryung; Hwang, Soon-Young; Kim, Seong-Woo; Huh, Kuhl

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    To investigate the risk factors for subconjunctival hemorrhage (SCH) after intravitreal injection of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) and evaluate the relationship between hemodynamic status at the time of injection and SCH. We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 598 cases of 173 patients who underwent intravitreal injection of ranibizumab whose hemodynamic status was monitored at the time of the injection. Cases with SCH after the injection were included in the SCH group. We compared systemic factors, including the hemodynamic status between the SCH group and the control group. The SCH group included 67 cases and the control group included 531 cases without SCH. Baseline hemodynamic status was not significantly related to development of SCH. However, systolic blood pressure (BP) at injection was a significant risk factors for SCH (P = 0.034). Elevated systolic BP, mean arterial pressure (MAP), and pulse rate from baseline to time of injection were significantly related to the development of SCH (P = 0.011, P = 0.014, P = 0.036, respectively). In multivariate analysis, hypertension, a large change in MAP, and a fewer previous injections were significant risk factors for SCH after intravitreal injection (P = 0.030, P = 0.032, P = 0.028, respectively). Hemodynamic risk factors exist for SCH after intravitreal injection of anti-VEGF. To reduce the risk of SCH, strategies should seek to decrease patient anxiety, especially in those with hypertension.

  7. Flicker electroretinograms before and after intravitreal ranibizumab injection in eyes with central retinal vein occlusion.

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    Yasuda, Shunsuke; Kachi, Shu; Ueno, Shinji; Piao, Chang-Hua; Terasaki, Hiroko

    2015-09-01

    To compare the amplitudes and implicit times of the flicker electroretinograms before and after an intravitreal injection of ranibizumab (IVR) in eyes with a central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO). We reviewed the medical records of 15 consecutive patients who had macular oedema secondary to CRVO and had received an IVR at the Nagoya University Hospital from November 2013 to July 2014. Flicker ERGs were recorded with both the RETeval(™) system and a conventional ERG system before the IVR. One month after the IVR, recordings were repeated with only the RETeval(™) system. The mean implicit times of the flicker ERGs of the affected eyes recorded with the RETeval(™) system were significantly longer than that of the fellow eyes (32.2 ± 2.6 msec versus 28.1 ± 1.2 msec, p flicker ERGs of affected eyes were significantly shortened from 32.2 ± 2.6 to 30.6 ± 2.2 msec (p flicker ERGs after the IVR indicates an improvement of retinal function after anti-VEGF therapy for CRVO eyes. © 2015 Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavica Foundation. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  8. Sterile Endophthalmitis after Intravitreal Injections

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    Joaquín Marticorena

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Sterile endophthalmitis appears as an infrequent complication of intravitreal injections and seems to develop mainly in the context of the off-label use of drugs that have not been conceived for intravitreous administration. The aetiology of sterile endophthalmitis, independently of the administered drug, remains uncertain and a multifactorial origin cannot be discarded. Sterile inflammation secondary both to intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide and to intravitreal bevacizumab share many characteristics such as the acute and painless vision loss present in the big majority of the cases. Dense vitreous opacity is a common factor, while anterior segment inflammation appears to be mild to moderate. In eyes with sterile endophthalmitis, visual acuity improves progressively as the intraocular inflammation reduces without any specific treatment. If by any chance the ophthalmologist is not convinced by the sterile origin of the inflammation, this complication must be treated as an acute endophthalmitis because of the devastating visual prognosis of this intraocular infection in the absence of therapy.

  9. Effects of anti-VEGF on predicted antibody biodistribution: roles of vascular volume, interstitial volume, and blood flow.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The identification of clinically meaningful and predictive models of disposition kinetics for cancer therapeutics is an ongoing pursuit in drug development. In particular, the growing interest in preclinical evaluation of anti-angiogenic agents alone or in combination with other drugs requires a complete understanding of the associated physiological consequences. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Technescan™ PYP™, a clinically utilized radiopharmaceutical, was used to measure tissue vascular volumes in beige nude mice that were naïve or administered a single intravenous bolus dose of a murine anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF antibody (10 mg/kg 24 h prior to assay. Anti-VEGF had no significant effect (p>0.05 on the fractional vascular volumes of any tissues studied; these findings were further supported by single photon emission computed tomographic imaging. In addition, apart from a borderline significant increase (p = 0.048 in mean hepatic blood flow, no significant anti-VEGF-induced differences were observed (p>0.05 in two additional physiological parameters, interstitial fluid volume and the organ blood flow rate, measured using indium-111-pentetate and rubidium-86 chloride, respectively. Areas under the concentration-time curves generated by a physiologically-based pharmacokinetic model changed substantially (>25% in several tissues when model parameters describing compartmental volumes and blood flow rates were switched from literature to our experimentally derived values. However, negligible changes in predicted tissue exposure were observed when comparing simulations based on parameters measured in naïve versus anti-VEGF-administered mice. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: These observations may foster an enhanced understanding of anti-VEGF effects in murine tissues and, in particular, may be useful in modeling antibody uptake alone or in combination with anti-VEGF.

  10. Virotherapy of canine tumors with oncolytic vaccinia virus GLV-1h109 expressing an anti-VEGF single-chain antibody.

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    Sandeep S Patil

    Full Text Available Virotherapy using oncolytic vaccinia virus (VACV strains is one promising new strategy for cancer therapy. We have previously reported that oncolytic vaccinia virus strains expressing an anti-VEGF (Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor single-chain antibody (scAb GLAF-1 exhibited significant therapeutic efficacy for treatment of human tumor xenografts. Here, we describe the use of oncolytic vaccinia virus GLV-1h109 encoding GLAF-1 for canine cancer therapy. In this study we analyzed the virus-mediated delivery and production of scAb GLAF-1 and the oncolytic and immunological effects of the GLV-1h109 vaccinia virus strain against canine soft tissue sarcoma and canine prostate carcinoma in xenograft models. Cell culture data demonstrated that the GLV-1h109 virus efficiently infect, replicate in and destroy both tested canine cancer cell lines. In addition, successful expression of GLAF-1 was demonstrated in virus-infected canine cancer cells and the antibody specifically recognized canine VEGF. In two different xenograft models, the systemic administration of the GLV-1h109 virus was found to be safe and led to anti-tumor and immunological effects resulting in the significant reduction of tumor growth in comparison to untreated control mice. Furthermore, tumor-specific virus infection led to a continued production of functional scAb GLAF-1, resulting in inhibition of angiogenesis. Overall, the GLV-1h109-mediated cancer therapy and production of immunotherapeutic anti-VEGF scAb may open the way for combination therapy concept i.e. vaccinia virus mediated oncolysis and intratumoral production of therapeutic drugs in canine cancer patients.

  11. Effects of intravitreal ranibizumab on the untreated eye and systemic gene expression profile in age-related macular degeneration

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    Michalska-Małecka K

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    that among all transcripts, 3,097 expresses change after the ranibizumab treatment in relation to controls. Among these transcripts, 1,339 were up-regulated, whereas 1,758 were down-regulated. Our results show the potential systemic effects of anti-VEGF therapy for AMD. Moreover, our study indicated different gene expression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells before and after intravitreal ranibizumab treatment. Keywords: ranibizumab, contralateral eye, central retinal thickness, oligonucleotide microarrayCorrigendum for this paper has been published. 

  12. Progressive outer retinal necrosis in the era of highly active antiretroviral therapy: successful management with intravitreal injections and monitoring with quantitative PCR.

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    Yin, Philip D; Kurup, Shree K; Fischer, Steven H; Rhee, Henry H; Byrnes, Gordon A; Levy-Clarke, Grace A; Buggage, Ronald R; Nussenblatt, Robert B; Mican, JoAnn M; Wright, Mary E

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    Progressive outer retinal necrosis (PORN) is an ocular disease in individuals with AIDS and is associated with substantial morbidity. The optimal management of PORN and its clinical course in the HAART era is unclear. We report a case of successfully managed PORN that provides insight into the monitoring and treatment of this disease. Intravitreal injections and intravenous therapy targeted towards varicella zoster virus (VZV) were used to treat PORN. HAART was initiated for HIV-1 therapy. Serial PCR for VZV was performed on aqueous humor to monitor the clinical course. The presence of VZV DNA from aqueous humor correlated with clinical exacerbations of disease. Initiation of twice weekly intravitreal injections with dual antiviral drugs appeared to be an important therapeutic intervention that resulted in remission of PORN. Secondary prophylaxis against VZV was successfully withdrawn after HAART induced partial immune recovery. In addition to aggressive therapy with intravitreal injections, HAART and quantitative measurements of VZV DNA from aqueous humor have important roles in the management of PORN. A multidisciplinary approach involving specialists in infectious diseases, ophthalmology, and clinical microbiology will improve the chances for successful long-term outcomes.

  13. Systematic review and mixed treatment comparison of intravitreal aflibercept with other therapies for diabetic macular edema (DME).

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    Korobelnik, Jean-Francois; Kleijnen, Jos; Lang, Shona H; Birnie, Richard; Leadley, Regina M; Misso, Kate; Worthy, Gill; Muston, Dominic; Do, Diana V

    2015-05-15

    This was an indirect comparison of the effectiveness of intravitreal aflibercept (IVT-AFL) 2 mg every 8 weeks after 5 initial monthly doses (or if different periods, after an initial monthly dosing period) (2q8) and other diabetic macular edema (DME) therapies at doses licensed outside the USA. A comprehensive search was undertaken to source relevant studies. Feasibility networks were prepared to identify viable comparisons of 12-month outcomes between IVT-AFL 2q8 and therapies licensed outside the USA, which were assessed for clinical and statistical homogeneity. Pooled effect sizes (mean difference [MD] and relative risk/risk ratio [RR]) were calculated using fixed- and random-effects models. Indirect comparisons were performed using Bucher analysis. If at least one 'head-to-head' study was found then a mixed treatment comparison (MTC) was performed using Bayesian methods. Two 12-month comparisons could be undertaken based on indirect analyses: IVT-AFL 2q8 versus intravitreal ranibizumab (IVR) 0.5 mg as needed (PRN) (10 studies) and IVT-AFL 2q8 versus dexamethasone 0.7 mg implants (three studies). There was an increase in mean best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) with IVT-AFL 2q8 over IVR 0.5 mg PRN by 4.67 letters [95% credible interval (CrI): 2.45-6.87] in the fixed-effect MTC model (10 studies) and by 4.82 letters [95% confidence interval (CI): 2.52-7.11] in the Bucher indirect analysis (four studies). IVT-AFL 2q8 doubled the proportion of patients gaining ≥ 10 Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study letters at 12 months compared with dexamethasone 0.7 mg implants (RR = 2.10 [95% CI: 1.29-3.40]) in the fixed-effect model. There were no significant differences in safety outcomes between IVT-AFL 2q8 and IVR 0.5 mg PRN or dexamethasone 0.7 mg implants. Studies of IVT-AFL 2q8 showed improved 12-month visual acuity measures compared with studies of IVR 0.5 mg PRN and dexamethasone 0.7 mg implants based on indirect comparisons. These analyses are subject to a

  14. Laser-Based Strategies to Treat Diabetic Macular Edema: History and New Promising Therapies

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    Young Gun Park

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Diabetic macular edema (DME is the main cause of visual impairment in diabetic patients. The management of DME is complex and often various treatment approaches are needed. At the present time, despite the enthusiasm for evaluating several new treatments for DME, including the intravitreal pharmacologic therapies (e.g., corticosteroids and anti-VEGF drugs, laser photocoagulation still remains the current standard in DME. The purpose of this review is to update our knowledge on laser photocoagulation for DME and describe the developments in laser systems. And we will also discuss the new laser techniques and review the latest results including benefits of combined therapy. In this paper, we briefly summarize the major laser therapeutics for the treatment of diabetic macular edema and allude to some future promising laser therapies.

  15. Reduced-fluence photodynamic therapy and anti-vascular endothelial growth factor for polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy in an Indian population

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    Parveen Sen

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims: The aim was to study the efficacy of combined therapy with reduced-fluence photodynamic therapy (RFPDT and intravitreal bevacizumab/ranibizumab from the Indian subcontinent. Settings and Design: This was a single-center, retrospective interventional study. Methods: Thirty-five eyes of 34 patients diagnosed with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy were included. All the patients underwent RFPDT, followed by intravitreal bevacizumab/ranibizumab. Statistical Analysis Used: SPSS software, version 17.0 (SPSS Inc., Chicago, IL, USA was used to compare the logarithm of the minimal angle of resolution visual acuity at presentation and final follow-up. P< 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: Regression of polyps after a single session of RFPDT was seen in five eyes; multiple sessions of treatment were required in thirty eyes. An average number of intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF injections given were 4 ± 1.9 and average number of PDT sessions were 1.2 ± 0.5. Visual acuity improvement was seen in 21 (60% eyes (P < 0.001, decrease in visual acuity was seen in 7 (20% eyes (P = 0.016, and in 7 eyes (20%, vision remained stable. Regression of polypoidal lesions was seen in 80% of cases. No complications of massive subretinal hemorrhage or breakthrough vitreous hemorrhage were noted in our patients. The mean follow-up period was 18 months (range, 12–24 months. Conclusions: RFPDT with anti-VEGF is safe and effective treatment with polyp regression and vision improvement in 80% of cases, without any complication of subretinal hemorrhage/vitreous hemorrhage.

  16. Photodynamic therapy combined with antivascular endothelial growth factor treatment for recalcitrant chronic central serous chorioretinopathy

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    Full Text Available Masumi G Asahi,1 Andrew T Chon,1 Esmeralda Gallemore,1 Ron P Gallemore1,2 1Clinical Research Department, Retina Macula Institute, Torrance, CA, USA; 2Jules Stein Eye Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA Purpose: To determine whether combination photodynamic therapy (PDT and antivascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF therapy is effective in the management of chronic central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC recalcitrant to conventional therapy. Methods: This was a retrospective analysis of eight patients with chronic CSC unresponsive to topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, focal photocoagulation, anti-VEGF alone, or PDT alone. All patients were evaluated with a full ophthalmic examination, spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT, fluorescein angiography (FA, and most with indocyanine green angiography (ICGA followed by treatment with half-fluence PDT and intravitreal anti-VEGF injection (seven bevacizumab, one aflibercept. Patients were seen in follow-up 1 month after treatment. Results: All eight patients achieved complete resolution in subretinal fluid following combination treatment. Average duration of CSC prior to initiation of combination therapy was 7.5 months. Mean central macular thickness on OCT decreased significantly from 401.2±52.7 µm to 297.9±18.2 µm (p=0.0010 by 4 months after treatment (1.63±1.18 months. Seven of eight patients were followed up for an average of 13 months with no recurrence during that time. One case recurred at 8 months and was treated with repeat combination at that time. Frank choroidal neovascularization (CNV was not identified in these cases on FA or ICGA studies. Eight of eight patients showed significant improvement in vision from a logMAR of 0.1125±0.099 to 0.0125±0.064 (p=0.019. Conclusion: Combination PDT and anti-VEGF is effective for chronic CSC which has failed conventional therapy. Associated CNV and/or inflammation may be reasons for greater success in

  17. Effect of anti-VEGF treatment on retinopathy of prematurity in Zone II Stage 3+

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    Xiu-Mei Yang

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    Full Text Available AIM: To evaluate the effect of intravitreal ranibizumab injection for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP in Zone II Stage 3+. METHODS: Data was collected for ROP patients with Zone II Stage 3+ who received intravitreal ranibizumab injections between October 2014 and Janu­ary 2017 at the Department of Ophthalmology in our hospital. No prior laser or other intravitreal treatment was done. Prior to the intervention and at each follow-up visit, fundus examination was performed. Gestational age at birth, sex, birth weight, ROP zone, ROP stage, post menstrual age (PMA at treatment, and follow-up pe­riod were recorded. The final clinical status of the retina was evaluated for each patient. The primary outcome mea­sures included ROP recurrences requiring re-treatment, complete or incomplete peripheral vascularization. RESULTS: Eighty-six eyes of 46 premature infants with Zone II Stage 3+ ROP were enrolled in the study. The mean gestational age at birth was 28.18±1.67 (range: 25 to 33wk and the mean birth weight was 1070.57±226.85 (range: 720.00 to 1650.00 g. The mean PMA at treatment was 38.32±2.99 (range: 32.29 to 46.00wk. Seventy-one eyes (82.56% were treated success­fully with intravitreal ranibizumab as monotherapy. Fifteen eyes (17.44% developed recurrent disease. The mean interval between the treatment and retreatment was 5.96±3.22 (range: 1.86 to 11.71wk. All eyes vascularized into zone III at the end of the study and among them 62 eyes (72.09% achieved complete vascu­larization. CONCLUSION: Intravitreal ranibizumab injection is an effective treatment in Zone II Stage 3+ ROP patients. More patients with longer follow-up duration are necessary to confirm the safety and efficacy of this treatment.

  18. Circulating anti-retinal antibodies in response to anti-angiogenic therapy in exudative age-related macular degeneration.

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    Kubicka-Trząska, Agnieszka; Wilańska, Joanna; Romanowska-Dixon, Bożena; Sanak, Marek

    2014-12-01

    To determine changes in anti-retinal antibodies (ARAs) during anti-VEGF therapy in patients with exudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and to assess the correlations between ARAs and disease activity. The study comprised 98 patients treated with intravitreal bevacizumab. The ophthalmic examination included best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), slit lamp biomicroscopy, fundoscopy, fluorescein angiography (FA), and optical coherence tomography (OCT). Serum ARAs levels were assessed by indirect immunofluorescence (IIF) on normal monkey retina substrate. These studies were repeated at 4 week intervals within 8 months of a follow-up. The sera of 50 sex- and age-matched healthy subjects were used as controls. At baseline examination, 94 (95.5%) of the 98 patients were positive for ARAs. The ARAs titres were significantly higher (p = 0.0000) than in controls. A positive correlation was found between titres of ARAs and the diameter of choroidal neovascularization (CNV) as measured by FA (p = 0.0000), and central retinal thickness (CRT) assessed by OCT (p = 0.0000). A positive correlation was also found between the diameter of CNV, CRT and the complexity of circulating ARAs. Following treatment all patients demonstrated significant decrease in ARAs levels as well as improvement of BCVA, reduction of subretinal fluid on OCT and decreased leakage on FA. Changes in serum ARAs levels occurred in parallel with clinical outcomes of anti-VEGF therapy. Treatment reduced serum levels of ARAs, with the greatest reduction occurring during the 'loading' phase. This study demonstrated that ARAs may act as a serum biomarker of the efficacy of anti-VEGF therapy. © 2014 Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavica Foundation. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  19. Coating nanocarriers with hyaluronic acid facilitates intravitreal drug delivery for retinal gene therapy

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    Martens, Thomas F.; Remaut, Katrien; Deschout, Hendrik; Engbersen, Johan F J; Hennink, Wim E.; Van Steenbergen, Mies J.; Demeester, Jo; De Smedt, Stefaan C.; Braeckmans, Kevin

    2015-01-01

    Retinal gene therapy could potentially affect the lives of millions of people suffering from blinding disorders. Yet, one of the major hurdles remains the delivery of therapeutic nucleic acids to the retinal target cells. Due to the different barriers that need to be overcome in case of topical or

  20. The ARMOUR Study: Anti-VEGF in Neovascular AMD--Our Understanding in a Real-World Indian Setting.

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    Jain, Nimesh; Yadav, Naresh Kumar; Jayadev, Chaitra; Srinivasan, Priya; Mohan, Ashwin; Shetty, Bhujang K

    2017-01-01

    The aim of our study was to share our experience with anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) injections in the treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) in a real-world setting. A retrospective, observational study. Patients of Indian origin with nAMD receiving anti-VEGF with a minimum follow-up of 12 months were enrolled in this study. In group 1, patients were treated on a pro re nata (PRN) basis; in group 2, patients received a loading dose (3 injecti Results: Overall, we observed that 77.31% (92/119 eyes) of patients either maintained or had improved visual acuity at 12 months' follow-up. Similar visual outcome was observed in both groups. The average number of injections given in group 1 was 4.98 and in group 2 was 3.7. CDVA at 12 months was significantly correlated with type of drug molecule, CSFT at 3 and 12 months, baseline visual acuity, and CDVA at 3 months. PRN treatment with significantly fewer injections achieved similar anatomical and functional outcomes when compared with the loading dose group. The results of this study need to be validated with a larger study group and a longer follow-up. Copyright 2017 Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology.

  1. Le traitement anti-VEGF des néovaisseaux choroïdiens juxta-fovéolaires du fort myope: à propos d’une observation

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    Moustaine, Moulay Omar; Dellali, Foued; Husseini, Abbas El; Hirsch, Anne-Lise

    2017-01-01

    Les néovaisseaux choroïdiens constituent une complication redoutable de la forte myopie rapportée dans 5 à 10% des cas. Ils doivent être pris en charge rapidement vu leur pronostic sombre. Les IVT des anti-VEGF constituent actuellement la nouvelle alternative thérapeutique dépassant de loin la thérapie photo-dynamique (PDT). Néanmoins l'algorithme thérapeutique anti-VEGF devant ce type de néovaisseaux reste un sujet de discussion entre les auteurs. A travers cette observation on essaie d'illustrer la difficulté de prise en charge de ces néovaisseaux et de discuter le schéma thérapeutique Anti-VEGF à suivre. PMID:28491229

  2. Inner retinal layer change in glaucoma patients receiving anti-VEGF for neovascular age related macular degeneration.

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    Saleh, Rafidah; Karpe, Aashraya; Zinkernagel, Martin S; Munk, Marion R

    2017-04-01

    The purpose was to evaluate the effects of long-term anti-VEGF treatment on the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) and retinal ganglion cell layer (RGCL) thickness for patients with neovascular AMD and glaucoma. Medical records of respective patients who had received more than 15 anti-VEGF injections were reviewed. Initial and latest SD-OCT macular scans were segmented and changes of the RNFL and RGCL thickness at the four outer ETDRS quadrants were evaluated. Secondary outcome measures included changes of visual field parameters seen in automated perimetry. Sixteen patients were included (mean age 78 ± 6 years). The mean total number of anti-VEGF injections was 39 ± 16. The mean treatment duration was 6.1 ± 2.1 years. The mean IOP decreased from 18 ± 5 mmHg at baseline to 15 ± 5 mmHg at the last visit (p = 0.026). The mean RNFL thickness volume of the outer ETDRS quadrants (0.98 ± 0.18 mm 3 to 0.97 ± 0.18 mm 3 p = 0.61) and its average thickness (37.9 ± 7.3 μm to 37.2 ± 7.4 μm, p = 0.6) did not significantly change. However, the average RGCL thickness decreased significantly from 0.86 ± 0.12 mm 3 to 0.79 ± 0.11 mm 3 (p = 0.01), and from 27.7 ± 4.2 to 25.9 ± 3.7 μm (p = 0.01). Number of injections correlated with the RGCL change (r2 = 0.36, p = 0.01). The mean sensitivity, mean defect and absolute scotomata did not significantly change with p-values of 0.28, 0.21 and 0.07, respectively. Patients under long term treatment with anti-VEGF and concurrent glaucoma show significant decrease in macular RGLC volume. However, this decrease is comparable to reported RGCL decrease in patients under anti-VEGF treatment without underlying glaucoma and suggests that glaucoma patients may not be at a higher risk for losing macular RNFL and RGCL, at least if adequate control of intraocular pressure is maintained.

  3. [Wet form age-related macular degeneration two years treatment results using anti VEGF drugs].

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    Studnička, J; Rencová, E; Dusová, J; Marák, J; Burova, M; Rozsíval, P; Jarkovský, J; Kandrnal, V

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    The aim of the study was to establish the efficacy of anti VEGF (Vascular Endothelial Growing Factor) drugs in the treatment of wet form ARMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration) in everyday clinical practice in the Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty Hospital, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic, E.U., in patients registered in the Czech national registry AMADEUS. Retrospective study with 24 months follow-up period. In the group were evaluated 143 eyes of 140 patients, out of them were 77 women (65.8 %), of average age 73.09 (71.69 - 74.48) years, and 40 men (34.2 %) of average age 74 (58 - 85) years. All of the patients were completely examined before the beginning of the treatment; during the treatment were, except the standardized eye examination, in patients treated with ranibizumab the color fundus photography and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) with measuring of the central retinal thickness performed every three months at least. The patients treated by pegaptanib were examined every six weeks before the drug application. The fluorescence angiography (FA) was performed at the beginning of the treatment to establish the type and extension of the choroidal neovascularization and during the treatment in case of necessity to establish the activity of the choroidal neovascular membrane (CNV). The treatment by ranibizumab was in the regimen PRN (pro re nata), and pegaptanib was applied every six months during the first year with the follow-up evaluation of the findings. The treatment evaluations were performed at 12 and 24 months. During the two years follow - up period, the authors noticed in patients treated with ranibizumab loss of 5.12 letters of ETDRS optotypes in case of mostly classical CNV, in occult CNV loss of 5.45 letters, and in minimally classical CNV loss of 2.83 letters. In three evaluated eyes with classical CNV in patients treated with pegaptanib we noticed after 2 years loss of 6.67 letters, in eleven eyes with occult CNV we established loss of 9

  4. Age, sex, and type of medication predict the effect of anti-VEGF treatment on central retinal thickness in wet age-related macular degeneration

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    Full Text Available Toke Bek, Sidsel Ehlers Klug Department of Ophthalmology, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark Purpose: Randomized clinical trials studying the effects of VEGF inhibition on wet age-related macular degeneration (wAMD are designed so that the effects of individually varying risk factors on the treatment response are eliminated. The influence of these risk factors can be studied in large data sets from real-life experience.Patients and methods: All 2,255 patients diagnosed with wAMD requiring anti-VEGF treatment in at least one eye over more than 9 years in a defined Danish population with 0.9 million inhabitants were studied. The predictive value of eye laterality, sex, current smoking status, type of anti-VEGF compound, membrane position, membrane type, leakage area, number of injections, number of visits, age, time to follow-up, visual acuity, and central retinal thickness (CRT at baseline on change in CRT after three monthly injections with anti-VEGF compound followed by treatment pro re nata for up to 12 months was assessed.Results: After 12 months, 67 patients had died, 903 had had stable CRT for at least 6 months, and 1,285 patients had not achieved stable CRT. The reduction in CRT was -84.8±118.3 µm, whereas the increase in visual acuity was 2.2±14.7 Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study letters. The risk factors included contributed to 64% of the variation in CRT reduction. High age and high CRT at baseline predicted high CRT reduction, whereas more injections, treatment with ranibizumab, and male sex predicted a low CRT reduction.Conclusion: Age, sex, and type of anti-VEGF medication can be used to plan treatment and inform patients about the expected response of anti-VEGF treatment in wAMD. Keywords: wet AMD, anti-VEGF treatment, risk factors, real-life experience 

  5. Role of implants in the treatment of diabetic macular edema: focus on the dexamethasone intravitreal implant

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    Full Text Available Zafer Cebeci, Nur KirDepartment of Ophthalmology, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Capa, Istanbul, TurkeyAbstract: Diabetic macular edema (DME is the leading cause of sight-threatening complication in diabetic patients, and several treatment modalities have been developed and evaluated to treat this pathology. Intravitreal agents, such as anti-vascular endothelial growth factors (anti-VEGF or corticosteroids, have become more popular in recent years and are widely used for treating DME. Sustained release drugs appear to be mentioned more often nowadays for extending the period of intravitreal activity, and corticosteroids play a key role in inhibiting the inflammatory process in DME. A potent corticosteroid, dexamethasone (Ozurdex®, in the form of an intravitreal implant, has been approved for various ocular etiologies among which DME is also one. This review evaluates the role of implants in the treatment of DME, mainly focusing on the dexamethasone intravitreal implant.Keywords: diabetes mellitus, diabetic macular edema, vascular endothelial growth factor, dexamethasone, Iluvien, corticosteroid

  6. Evaluation of the effectiveness and safety of glucocorticoids intravitreal implant therapy in macular edema due to retinal vein occlusion

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    Michalska-Małecka, Katarzyna; Gaborek, Aneta; Nowak, Mariusz; Halat, Tomasz; Pawłowska, Mariola; Śpiewak, Dorota

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of intravitreal dexamethasone implant (Ozurdex) on macular morphology and functions in eyes with macular edema (ME) secondary to retinal vein occlusion. Efficacy outcomes of the treatment were best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) and central retinal thickness (CRT). Safety outcomes were intraocular pressure and cornea endothelial cell density. The study was conducted by the prospective analysis on 36 patients (17 women and 19 men) aged 28–77 years (the average age was 58±15 years) treated with the injection of dexamethasone implant because of the persistent ME at the Department of Ophthalmology and Ophthalmology Outpatient Clinic of the University Centre of Ophthalmology and Oncology in Katowice. The studied group included 16 patients with central retinal vein occlusion (16 eyes), and 20 patients with branch retinal vein occlusion (20 eyes). We found a significant increase of BCVA after first, second, and third month of treatment. Six months after the treatment, BCVA decreased, although not significantly compared with the value obtained in the third month. Two months after the intravitreal implantation of dexamethasone delivery system, CRT was 338±163 μm and was significantly lower compared with pretreatment value. Between third and sixth month after the treatment, we found insignificant increase of CRT compared with thickness observed in second month. Two months after the treatment, we found an increase in intraocular pressure in 36% of cases and a further decrease during the final visit 6 months after the treatment. During the treatment, there were no significant differences in endothelial cell density in branch retinal vein occlusion and central retinal vein occlusion. We found the intravitreal dexamethasone implant to be safe, well tolerated, and likely to lead to fast morphological and functional improvement of the macula and visual rehabilitation in patients with ME due to retinal vein occlusion. PMID

  7. Le traitement anti-VEGF des n?ovaisseaux choro?diens juxta-fov?olaires du fort myope: ? propos d?une observation

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    Moustaine, Moulay Omar; Dellali, Foued; Husseini, Abbas El; Hirsch, Anne-Lise

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    Les n?ovaisseaux choro?diens constituent une complication redoutable de la forte myopie rapport?e dans 5 ? 10% des cas. Ils doivent ?tre pris en charge rapidement vu leur pronostic sombre. Les IVT des anti-VEGF constituent actuellement la nouvelle alternative th?rapeutique d?passant de loin la th?rapie photo-dynamique (PDT). N?anmoins l'algorithme th?rapeutique anti-VEGF devant ce type de n?ovaisseaux reste un sujet de discussion entre les auteurs. A travers cette observation on essaie d'illu...

  8. Evaluation of the effectiveness and safety of glucocorticoids intravitreal implant therapy in macular edema due to retinal vein occlusion

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    Michalska-Małecka K

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Katarzyna Michalska-Małecka,1,2 Aneta Gaborek,2 Mariusz Nowak,3 Tomasz Halat,4 Mariola Pawłowska,2 Dorota Śpiewak2 1Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine in Katowice, Medical University of Silesia, Katowice, 2University Center of Ophthalmology and Oncology, Independent Public Clinical Hospital, Medical University of Silesia, Katowice, 3Pathophysiology Division, Department of Pathophysiology and Endocrinology, Medical University of Silesia, School of Medicine with Division of Density, Zabrze, 4Education and Medical Simulation Center, Medical University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland Abstract: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of intravitreal dexamethasone implant (Ozurdex on macular morphology and functions in eyes with macular edema (ME secondary to retinal vein occlusion. Efficacy outcomes of the treatment were best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA and central retinal thickness (CRT. Safety outcomes were intraocular pressure and cornea endothelial cell density. The study was conducted by the prospective analysis on 36 patients (17 women and 19 men aged 28–77 years (the average age was 58±15 years treated with the injection of dexamethasone implant because of the persistent ME at the Department of Ophthalmology and Ophthalmology Outpatient Clinic of the University Centre of Ophthalmology and Oncology in Katowice. The studied group included 16 patients with central retinal vein occlusion (16 eyes, and 20 patients with branch retinal vein occlusion (20 eyes. We found a significant increase of BCVA after first, second, and third month of treatment. Six months after the treatment, BCVA decreased, although not significantly compared with the value obtained in the third month. Two months after the intravitreal implantation of dexamethasone delivery system, CRT was 338±163 µm and was significantly lower compared with pretreatment value. Between third and sixth month after the treatment, we found insignificant increase of

  9. Changes in neurophysiologic markers of visual processing following beneficial anti-VEGF treatment in macular degeneration

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    Vottonen P

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Pasi Vottonen,1 Kai Kaarniranta,1,2 Ari Pääkkönen,3 Ina M Tarkka41Department of Ophthalmology, Kuopio University Hospital, Kuopio, Finland; 2Department of Ophthalmology, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland; 3Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland; 4Department of Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, FinlandPurpose: Antivascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF agents have been shown to improve visual acuity and prevent vision loss in exudative age-related macular degeneration. As the vision improves relatively quickly in response to intravitreal injections, we wanted to know whether this improvement is reflected in electrophysiological markers of visual cortical processing.Patients and methods: Our interventional case series included six elderly patients who underwent injection treatment to the affected eye. Their visual acuity, tomographic images of retinal thickness, and visual evoked potentials (VEP were assessed before treatment and six weeks after the last injection.Results: All patients showed improved visual acuity and reduced retinal fluid after the treatment. All but one patient showed increased VEP P100 component amplitudes and/or shortened latencies in the treated eye. These VEP changes were consistent with improved vision while the untreated eyes showed no changes.Conclusions: Our results indicate that antivascular endothelial growth factor injections improved visual function of the treated eyes both in the level of the retina and in the level of visual cortical processing.Keywords: age-related eye diseases, exudative age-related macular degeneration, visual evoked potentials, scalp-recorded EEG, visual acuity

  10. CONTAMINATION OF ANTI-VEGF DRUGS FOR INTRAVITREAL INJECTION: How Do Repackaging and Newly Developed Syringes Affect the Amount of Silicone Oil Droplets and Protein Aggregates?

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    Schargus, Marc; Werner, Benjamin P; Geerling, Gerd; Winter, Gerhard

    2017-08-21

    The particle counts and the nature of particles of three different antivascular endothelial growth factor agents (VEGF) in different containers in a laboratory setting were compared. Original prefilled ranibizumab glass syringes, original vials with aflibercept, and repacked ready-to-use plastic syringes with bevacizumab from a compounding pharmacy and a compounding company (CC) were analyzed. Particle counts and size distributions were quantified by different particle characterization methods (nephelometry, light obscuration, Micro-Flow Imaging, nanotracking analysis, resonant mass measurement). Using high-performance size-exclusion chromatography (HP-SEC), levels of protein drug monomer and soluble aggregates were determined. Nearly all samples showed similar product quality. Light obscuration and Micro-Flow Imaging showed a 4-fold to 9-fold higher total particle count in compounding company bevacizumab (other samples up to 42,000 particles/mL). Nanotracking analysis revealed highest values for compounding company bevacizumab (6,375 million particles/mL). All containers showed similar amounts of silicone oil microdroplets. Ranibizumab showed lowest particle count of all tested agents with only one monomer peak in HP-SEC. Repackaged bevacizumab from different suppliers showed varying product quality. All three tested agents are available in similar quality regarding particulate purity and silicone oil microdroplet count. Repackaging can have a major impact on the quality.

  11. VEGF is a target molecule for peritoneal metastasis and malignant ascites in gastric cancer: prognostic significance of VEGF in ascites and efficacy of anti-VEGF monoclonal antibody

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    Fushida S

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Sachio Fushida, Katsunobu Oyama, Jun Kinoshita, Yasumichi Yagi, Kouichi Okamoto, Hidehiro Tajima, Itasu Ninomiya, Takashi Fujimura, Tetsuo OhtaDepartment of Gastroenterological Surgery, Kanazawa University Hospital, Kanazawa, JapanBackground: In gastric cancer, poor prognosis is associated with peritoneal dissemination, which often accompanies malignant ascites. We searched for a target molecule in peritoneal metastasis and investigated its clinical utility as a biomarker.Methods: Biopsy specimens from both primary lesions and peritoneal metastasis, and if possible, malignant ascites, were obtained from 40 patients with gastric cancer. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF expression was analyzed by immunohistochemical staining and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.Results: VEGF expression was seen in 70% of peritoneal samples. Of the 40 patients, 35 had malignant ascites. These 35 patients were divided into two groups: 15 with ascites found beyond the pelvic cavity (large group and 20 whose ascites were within the pelvic cavity (small group. The two groups did not significantly differ by serum VEGF levels, but ascites VEGF levels in the large group were significantly higher than in the small group (P < 0.0001. Serum VEGF and ascites VEGF levels were highly correlated in the large group (r = 0.686. A high ascites VEGF level was found to be a risk factor for survival (P = 0.045. We include a report of a patient with chemoresistant refractory gastric cancer and symptomatic ascites who obtained 8 months of palliation from systemic bevacizumab.Conclusion: Anti-VEGF therapies are promising, and the ascites VEGF level is an important marker in managing patients with gastric cancer and peritoneal metastasis.Keywords: vascular endothelial growth factor, malignant ascites, peritoneal metastasis, gastric cancer, bevacizumab

  12. Analysis of the association between CFH Y402H polymorphism and response to intravitreal ranibizumab in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD

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    Nur Afiqah Mohamad

    2018-03-01

    Full Text Available Pharmacogenetic studies indicate that a variable response to anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF therapy in patients with neovascular form of AMD (nAMD may be due to polymorphisms in the complement factor H gene (CFH. This study is the first to investigate the association between CFH Y402H polymorphism and the response to ranibizumab therapy in Malaysian patients with nAMD. We included 134 patients with nAMD, examined between September 2014 and February 2016. The diagnosis of nAMD was confirmed by ophthalmologic examination, before ranibizumab therapy was started. Each patient received an intravitreal injection of 0.5 mg/0.05 ml ranibizumab following a treat-and-extend (TE regimen. Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA and central retinal thickness (CRT were recorded after 3 and 6 months following the first injection and compared with the baseline values. Genotyping of Y402H (rs1061170 polymorphism was performed using PCR-RFLP and the amplified product was digested with MluCI restriction enzyme. Association between the Y402H genotypes and response to treatment was determined by a logistic regression analysis of responder (n = 49 and non-responder (n = 84 group. Significantly worse mean BCVA was observed for the CC genotype compared to the TT + CT genotype in the total sample after 6-month follow-up (p = 0.018. Comparing the baseline and 6-month point measurements, improved mean BCVA was observed in responder group, while worse mean BCVA was recorded for non-responder group. However, our regression analysis, adjusted for confounding factors, showed no significant association between the Y402H genotypes and response to treatment in nAMD patients under the recessive model (p > 0.05. Overall, our results suggest that factors other than Y402H polymorphism may be involved in the progression of nAMD after treatment with anti-VEGF agents, in Malaysian population.

  13. Juxtapapillary neovascular membrane secondary to idiopathic intracranial hypertension treated with intravitreal bevacizumab: A case report.

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    Hernández-Ortega, V; Soler-Sanchís, M I; Jiménez-Escribano, R M; Sanz-López, A M

    2016-05-01

    A 48 year-old woman with visual acuity loss in left eye (0.3). Funduscopic examination showed papillary oedema and neovascular membrane in the left eye. All neurological tests were normal, except the lumbar puncture with opening pressure of 35cmH2O, being diagnosed with idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH). After four doses of bevacizumab, the visual acuity of the left eye has not improved and is counting fingers. Pathogenesis of the juxtapapillary neovascular membrane associated with IIH is not well known. An effect was observed after the anti-VEGF treatment. In our case, there was no improvement after four doses of intravitreal bevacizumab. Copyright © 2016 Sociedad Española de Oftalmología. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  14. Combination of intravitreal bevacizumab and systemic therapy for choroidal metastases from lung cancer: report of two cases and a systematic review of literature.

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    Maturu, Venkata Nagarjuna; Singh, Navneet; Bansal, Pooja; Rai Mittal, Bhagwant; Gupta, Nalini; Behera, Digambar; Gupta, Amod

    2014-04-01

    Symptomatic choroidal metastasis (SCM) is an uncommon manifestation of lung cancer (LC). Treatment of SCM usually includes a combination of systemic therapy (chemotherapy and/or targeted therapy) for the primary tumor as well as local therapy (ocular radiation) for CM. Intravitreal bevacizumab (IV-Bev) is a newer modality being tried for local control of SCM. We describe here two patients with LC who presented with CM and were treated with IV-Bev. We performed a systematic literature review of previously reported patients with CM from LC who were treated with IV-Bev. Six reports (involving seven patients) in which IV-Bev was used as primary treatment modality for CM from LC were identified in the systematic literature review. A total of nine patients (seven previously reported and two index cases) were analyzed further. Along with individual case descriptions of index patients, pooled analysis of demographic profile, histology and outcomes with treatment (systemic and ocular) for the nine patients identified in this systematic review are described. A majority (n = 7) had non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) histology, CM as presenting manifestation (n = 6) and unilateral ocular involvement (n = 8). IV-Bev was used in a dose of either 1.25 mg/cycle (n = 5) or 2.5 mg/cycle (n = 4) with number of cycles varying from 2 to 14 and duration between cycles varying from 2 to 8 weeks. Of the nine patients treated with IV-Bev as the primary ocular treatment modality, six (all non-squamous NSCLC) had favorable ocular response. No short-term ocular complications related to therapy were noted. We suggest that IV-Bev is a promising and safe alternative to ocular radiation for initial treatment of CM from non-squamous NSCLC. However, we recommend against using it for patients with small-cell lung cancer.

  15. Effect of photodynamic therapy (PDT, posterior subtenon injection of triamcinolone acetonide with PDT, and intravitreal injection of ranibizumab with PDT for retinal angiomatous proliferation

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    Negi A

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    Full Text Available Saya Nakano1, Shigeru Honda1, Hideyasu Oh2, Mihori Kita2, Akira Negi11Department of Surgery, Division of Ophthalmology, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, Kobe, 2Department of Ophthalmology, Hyogo Prefectural Amagasaki Hospital, Amagasaki, JapanBackground: The purpose of this work was to compare the efficacy of photodynamic therapy (PDT with or without posterior subtenon injections of triamcinolone acetonide (STA or intravitreal injections of ranibizumab (IVR for retinal angiomatous proliferation (RAP.Methods: Thirty-seven eyes from 33 consecutive patients with RAP were treated by PDT monotherapy (Group 1, PDT combined with STA (Group 2, or PDT combined with IVR (Group 3. The best-corrected visual acuity, greatest linear dimension, central retinal thickness, and number of treatments were compared among the three groups.Results: The change in mean best-corrected visual acuity (logMAR at month 3, 6, and 12 after the initial treatment was better in Group 2 (-0.13, -0.23, and -0.21, respectively and Group 3 (-0.018, 0.0028, and -0.0067, respectively than in Group 1 (0.13, 0.19, and 0.23, respectively; Group 1 versus Group 2 was statistically significant (P = 0.018. The mean central retinal thickness was reduced from baseline in all groups, but the reduction amplitude was significantly greater in Group 2 than in Group 1 and Group 3. The mean number of treatments was significantly lower in Group 2 (1.1 ± 0.4 and Group 3 (1.5 ± 0.5 than in Group 1 (2.9 ± 0.9 in the 12 months after the initial treatment.Conclusion: Treatment with STA + PDT may be an effective therapy for RAP lesions over 12 months of follow-up.Keywords: retinal angiomatous proliferation, photodynamic therapy, triamcinolone acetonide, ranibizumab, combined therapy

  16. Repeat Intravitreal Dexamethasone Implant for Refractory Cystoid Macular Edema in Syphilitic Uveitis

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    Cassandra C. Lautredou

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To report the successful utilization of adjunctive repeat intravitreal corticosteroid therapy for the treatment of cystoid macular edema in syphilis-related uveitis. Methods/Patients. An HIV-positive patient with treated ocular syphilis who developed refractory cystoid macular edema (CME was treated with repeat intravitreal corticosteroid therapy including dexamethasone intravitreal implants. Results. Treatment led to the resolution of CME and improvement in visual acuity. Conclusions. Intravitreal corticosteroid therapy may be a viable adjunctive treatment for refractory CME in patients with treated syphilitic uveitis. Corticosteroid-induced exacerbation of infection is unlikely in patients with an adequate serologic treatment response.

  17. Anti-VEGF agents in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC: are they all alike?

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    Saif MW

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    Full Text Available Muhammad Wasif Saif GI Oncology Program, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA Abstract: Bevacizumab is a monoclonal antibody that binds and neutralizes vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF-A, a key player in the angiogenesis pathway. Despite benefits of bevacizumab in cancer therapy, it is clear that the VEGF pathway is complex, involving multiple isoforms, receptors, and alternative ligands such as VEGF-B, and placental growth factor, which could enable escape from VEGF-A-targeted angiogenesis inhibition. Recently developed therapies have targeted other ligands in the VEGF pathway (eg, aflibercept, known as ziv-aflibercept in the United States, VEGF receptors (eg, ramucirumab, and their tyrosine kinase signaling (ie, tyrosine kinase inhibitors. The goal of the current review was to identify comparative preclinical data for the currently available VEGF-targeted therapies. Sources were compiled using PubMed searches (2007 to 2012, using search terms including, but not limited to: “bevacizumab,” “aflibercept,” “ramucirumab,” and “IMC-18F1.” Two preclinical studies were identified that compared bevacizumab and the newer agent, aflibercept. These studies identified some important differences in binding and pharmacodynamic activity, although the potential clinical relevance of these findings is not known. Newer antiangiogenesis therapies should help further expand treatment options for colorectal and other cancers. Comparative preclinical data on these agents is currently lacking. Keywords: aflibercept, antiangiogenesis, metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC, tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF

  18. Intravitreal ranibizumab for diabetic macular oedema in previously vitrectomized eyes

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    Laugesen, Caroline Schmidt; Ostri, Christoffer; Brynskov, Troels

    2017-01-01

    PURPOSE: There is little information about the efficacy of intravitreal vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibition in vitrectomized eyes. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of anti-VEGF (ranibizumab) on diabetic macular oedema in previously vitrectomized eyes. METHODS: A nationwide...... retrospective review of medical records from 2010 to 2013. RESULTS: We identified 33 previously vitrectomized eyes in 28 patients treated with ranibizumab injections for diabetic macular oedema. Median follow-up was 323 days (interquartile range 72-1404 days). Baseline mean visual acuity was 0.57 logMAR (95% CI...... 0.13-1.01) before injections. After an average of 4.7 injections (range 1-15), mean visual acuity remained stable at 0.54 logMAR (95% CI 0.13-0.95) with a mean improvement of 0.03 (p = 0. 45, 95% CI -0.12 to 0.06). In 12 eyes (36%), visual acuity improved 0.1 logMAR or more, in 12 eyes (36%), vision...

  19. Sidedness and TP53 mutations impact OS in anti-EGFR but not anti-VEGF treated mCRC - an analysis of the KRAS registry of the AGMT (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Medikamentöse Tumortherapie).

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    Huemer, Florian; Thaler, Josef; Piringer, Gudrun; Hackl, Hubert; Pleyer, Lisa; Hufnagl, Clemens; Weiss, Lukas; Greil, Richard

    2018-01-03

    In metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), the localization of the primary tumour has been shown to be of prognostic as well as predictive relevance. With the aim to investigate clinical and molecular disease characteristics with respect to sidedness in a real-world cohort, we analyzed 161 mCRC patients included in the KRAS Registry of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Medikamentöse Tumortherapie (AGMT) between January 2006 and October 2013. Right-sided mCRC displayed a worse median overall survival (OS) in comparison to left-sided disease (18.1 months [95%-CI: 14.3-40.7] versus 32.3 months [95%-CI: 25.5-38.6]; HR: 1.63 [95%-CI: 1.13-2.84]; p = 0.013). The choice of the biological agent in front-line therapy had a statistically significant impact on median OS in patients with right-sided tumours (anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR): 10.6 months [95%-CI: 5.2-NA]; anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF): 26.2 months [95%-CI: 17.9-NA]; HR: 2.69 [95%-CI: 1.30-12.28]; p = 0.015) but not in patients with left-sided tumours (anti-EGFR: 37.0 months [95%-CI: 20.2-56.6]; anti-VEGF: 32.3 months [95%-CI: 23.6-41.1]; HR: 0.97 [95%-CI: 0.56-1.66]; p = 0.905). When evaluating molecular characteristics of tumour samples, we found a clinically meaningful trend towards an inferior OS in TP53 mutant mCRC treated with anti-EGFR based therapy compared to anti-VEGF based therapy (17.1 months [95%-CI: 8.7-NA] versus 38.3 months [95%-CI: 23.6-48.0], HR = 1.95 [95%-CI: 0.95-5.88]; p = 0.066), which was not significantly dependent on sidedness. This was not the case in patients with TP53 wild-type tumours. Therefore we evaluated the combined impact of sidedness and TP53 mutation status in the anti-EGFR treated cohort and patients with left-sided/TP53 wild-type mCRC showed the longest median OS (38.9 months) of all groups (right-sided/TP53 mutant: 12.1 months; right-sided/TP53 wild-type: 8.9 months; left-sided/TP53 mutant: 18.4 months; p = 0.020). TP53

  20. Efficacy of anti-VEGF and laser photocoagulation in the treatment of visual impairment due to diabetic macular edema: a systematic review and network meta-analysis.

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    Stephane Régnier

    Full Text Available Compare the efficacy of ranibizumab, aflibercept, laser, and sham in the first-line treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME to inform technology assessments such as those conducted by the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE.MEDLINE, Embase, Cochrane Library, congress abstracts, ClinicalTrials.gov registry and Novartis data on file.Studies reporting 6- or 12-month results of randomized controlled trials (RCTs evaluating at least two of ranibizumab 0.5 mg pro re nata, aflibercept 2.0 mg bi-monthly, laser photocoagulation or sham. Study quality was assessed based on likelihood of bias in selection, attrition, detection and performance.Improvement in best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA measured as the proportion of patients gaining ≥10 letters on the Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study scale. The outcome was chosen following acceptance by NICE of a Markov model with 10-letter health states in the assessment of ranibizumab for DME.Bayesian network meta-analyses with fixed and random effects adjusted for differences in baseline BCVA or central retinal thickness.The analysis included 1,978 patients from eight RCTs. The random effects model adjusting for baseline BCVA was the best model based on total residual. The efficacy of ranibizumab was numerically, but not statistically, superior to aflibercept (odds ratio [OR] 1.59; 95% credible interval [CrI], 0.61-5.37. Ranibizumab and aflibercept were statistically superior to laser monotherapy with ORs of 5.50 (2.73-13.16 and 3.45 (1.62-6.84 respectively. The probability that ranibizumab is the most efficacious treatment was 73% compared with 14% for aflibercept, 12% for ranibizumab plus laser, and 0% for laser.Three of the eight RCTs included are not yet published. The models did not adjust for all potential effect modifiers.Ranibizumab was non-significantly superior to aflibercept and both anti-VEGF therapies had statistically superior efficacy to laser.

  1. Preclinical aspects of anti-VEGF agents for the treatment of wet AMD: ranibizumab and bevacizumab

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    Meyer, C H; Holz, F G

    2011-01-01

    Three anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) therapies are currently used for the treatment of patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD): pegaptanib, ranibizumab, and bevacizumab. Ranibizumab is an antibody fragment approved for the treatment of wet AMD. Bevacizumab is a full-length antibody registered for use in oncology but unlicensed for wet AMD. However, it is used off-label worldwide not only for wet AMD but also for various other ocular diseases associated with macular edema and abnormal vessel growth. We consider aspects of ranibizumab and bevacizumab in relation to their molecular characteristics, in vitro and in vivo properties, and preclinical safety data. Before 2009, most studies described the short-term toxicity of bevacizumab in multiple cell types of the eye. Since 2009, an increasing number of studies have compared the properties of ranibizumab and bevacizumab and investigated their impact on retinal cell functioning. Compared with bevacizumab, ranibizumab neutralizes VEGF better at low concentrations, maintains efficacy for longer, and has a higher retinal penetration and potency. Studies in animals demonstrate ranibizumab to be better localized to the injected eye, whereas bevacizumab appears to have a greater effect in the fellow eye. In humans, a localized and systemic effect has been reported for both molecules. In conclusion, overlapping yet distinct pharmacological properties of ranibizumab and bevacizumab indicate that safety or efficacy data from one cannot be extrapolated to the other. PMID:21455242

  2. The effect of prophylactic topical antibiotics on bacterial resistance patterns in endophthalmitis following intravitreal injection.

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    Storey, Philip; Dollin, Michael; Rayess, Nadim; Pitcher, John; Reddy, Sahitya; Vander, James; Hsu, Jason; Garg, Sunir

    2016-02-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of prophylactic topical antibiotics on bacterial resistance patterns in endophthalmitis following intravitreal injection of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) medications. In this retrospective case-control study, billing records and an infection log were used to identify all cases of endophthalmitis following intravitreal injection of ranibizumab, bevacizumab, or aflibercept between January 1, 2009 and September 30, 2013 at a single retina practice. A 28-month period when topical antibiotic drops were prescribed for use four times a day for 4 days following intravitreal injection was compared to a 21-month period when topical antibiotics were not prescribed. Patients treated during an 8-month transition period were excluded as prescription practices were changed. During the study period, a total of 172,096 anti-VEGF injections were performed. During the period when antibiotics were prescribed, 28 cases of suspected infectious endophthalmitis occurred from a total of 57,654 injections, ten of which were culture-positive. During the period when antibiotics were not used, 24 cases of suspected endophthalmitis occurred from a total of 89,825 injections, six of which were culture-positive. During the antibiotic period, four of the ten (40 %) culture-positive cases grew bacteria resistant to the prescribed prophylactic antibiotics. In contrast, none of the six culture-positive cases grew bacteria resistant to those antibiotics during the period when antibiotics were not used (odds ratio = 9.0; 95 % confidence interval = 0.40-203.3; p = 0.17). The use of prophylactic topical antibiotics following intravitreal injection may lead to higher rates of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in culture-positive endophthalmitis cases.

  3. Advanced Coats’ disease treated with intravitreal bevacizumab combined with laser vascular ablation

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    Villegas VM

    2014-05-01

    for advanced Coats’ disease presenting with exudative retinal detachment.Keywords: Coats’ disease, bevacizumab, anti-VEGF, laser ablation, retina

  4. Intravitreal bevacizumab (avastin for circumscribed choroidal hemangioma

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    Subrata Mandal

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Circumscribed choroidal hemangiomas are rare ophthalmic entities that cause diminution in vision due to accumulation of subretinal and/or intraretinal fluid in the macular area. Various treatment options ranging from conventional laser to photodynamic therapy have been employed to destroy the tumor and reduce the exudation; however, either the inability to penetrate through the exudative fluid or the collateral retinal damage induced by these treatment modalities make them unsuitable for lesions within the macula. We evaluated the role of intravitreal bevacizumab, a pan-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF inhibitor, in reducing the sub- and intraretinal fluid in three patients with circumscribed choroidal hemangiomas. All the patients had complete resolution of the serous retinal detachment that was maintained till at least 12 months after the first injection. Intravitreal bevacizumab may be used in combination with thermal laser or photodynamic therapy in treating circumscribed choroidal hemangiomas with subretinal fluid.

  5. Multilayered pigment epithelial detachment in neovascular age-related macular degeneration

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    Rahimy, Ehsan; Freund, K Bailey; Larsen, Michael

    2014-01-01

    PURPOSE: To describe the spectral domain optical coherence tomography findings in eyes with chronic fibrovascular pigment epithelial detachment (PED) receiving intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) therapy. METHODS: Retrospective observational case series of patients...

  6. Comparison of intravitreal ranibizumab and bevacizumab treatment for retinopathy of prematurity

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    Muhammet Kazim Erol

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Purpose: To compare the efficacy of intravitreal ranibizumab and bevacizumab treatment for type 1 retinopathy of prematurity (ROP. Methods: 36 eyes of 20 patients with type 1 ROP who received anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF intravitreal injections between August 2011 and February 2013 were retrospectively evaluated. Fifteen eyes of 8 patients received 0.25 mg ranibizumab (group 1, and 21 eyes of 12 patients received 0.625 mg bevacizumab (group 2. Eyes were examined by indirect ophthalmoscopy on the first day, third day, first week, and first month and as required after injections. Laser photocoagulation was performed in cases with progression of ROP. Results: The mean gestation time was 26.2 ± 2.7 weeks in group 1 patients and 27.1 ± 2.5 weeks in group 2 patients. No statistical difference in the time of gestation was observed between the two groups. The mean follow-up period was 20 ± 4.5 months. Laser photocoagulation was performed in 6 of 15 eyes from group 1 and 2 of 21 eyes from group 2. No eyes developed retinal detachment during the follow-up period. Conclusion: Ranibizumab and bevacizumab showed an efficacy in the treatment of type 1 ROP. The incidence of disease relapse was higher in eyes which received ranibizumab. Further randomized, controlled clinical trials are required to compare the efficacy of ranibizumab and bevacizumab.

  7. Controlled delivery of the anti-VEGF aptamer EYE001 with poly(lactic-co-glycolic)acid microspheres.

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    Carrasquillo, Karen G; Ricker, Joseph A; Rigas, Ioannis K; Miller, Joan W; Gragoudas, Evangelos S; Adamis, Anthony P

    2003-01-01

    To develop a controlled-drug delivery system for the long-term inhibition of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and its mediated responses. Poly(lactic-co-glycolic)acid (PLGA) microspheres containing anti-VEGF RNA aptamer (EYE001) formulations in the solid-state were developed by an oil-in-oil solvent evaporation process. In vitro experiments were performed to characterize the release profiles. Stability and bioactivity of the released drug were assayed by monitoring the RNA aptamer's ability to inhibit VEGF-induced cell proliferation in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). Cell proliferation experiments were conducted with aptamer aliquots collected after short-, mid-, and long-term release time points. To investigate the feasibility of this polymer device as a potential transscleral delivery device, an in vitro apparatus was developed to assess polymer hydration and degradation through rabbit sclera and subsequent delivery through it. PLGA microspheres were able to deliver EYE001 in a sustained manner, with an average rate of 2 micro g/d over a period of 20 days. Solid-state stabilization of the aptamer with disaccharide trehalose before lyophilization and encapsulation in PLGA rendered the drug more stable after release. Cell proliferation experiments demonstrated that the bioactivity of the aptamer was preserved after release, as indicated by inhibition of endothelial cell proliferation after incubation with VEGF. Microspheres packed into a sealed chamber and placed onto the "orbital" part of a rabbit sclera for a period of 6 days became hydrated and started to degrade, as shown by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). As a result, the aptamer was delivered from the microspheres through the sclera, as determined spectrophotometrically. The loading of aptamer-containing microspheres into a device and placing it on the orbital surface of the sclera was assessed and shown to be feasible. RNA aptamer EYE001 encapsulated in PLGA was delivered over a

  8. Dexamethasone intravitreal implant in the treatment of diabetic macular edema

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    Dugel PU

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Pravin U Dugel,1,2 Francesco Bandello,3 Anat Loewenstein4 1Retinal Consultants of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ, 2Department of Ophthalmology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA; 3Department of Ophthalmology, University Vita-Salute Scientific Institute San Raffaele, Milan, Italy; 4Department of Ophthalmology, Tel Aviv Medical Center and Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel Abstract: Diabetic macular edema (DME resembles a chronic, low-grade inflammatory reaction, and is characterized by blood–retinal barrier (BRB breakdown and retinal capillary leakage. Corticosteroids are of therapeutic benefit because of their anti-inflammatory, antiangiogenic, and BRB-stabilizing properties. Delivery modes include periocular and intravitreal (via pars plana injection. To offset the short intravitreal half-life of corticosteroid solutions (~3 hours and the need for frequent intravitreal injections, sustained-release intravitreal corticosteroid implants have been developed. Dexamethasone intravitreal implant provides retinal drug delivery for ≤6 months and recently has been approved for use in the treatment of DME. Pooled findings (n=1,048 from two large-scale, randomized Phase III trials indicated that dexamethasone intravitreal implant (0.35 mg and 0.7 mg administered at ≥6-month intervals produced sustained improvements in best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA and macular edema. Significantly more patients showed a ≥15-letter gain in BCVA at 3 years with dexamethasone intravitreal implant 0.35 mg and 0.7 mg than with sham injection (18.4% and 22.2% vs 12.0%. Anatomical assessments showed rapid and sustained reductions in macular edema and slowing of retinopathy progression. Phase II study findings suggest that dexamethasone intravitreal implant is effective in focal, cystoid, and diffuse DME, in vitrectomized eyes, and in combination with laser therapy. Ocular complications of

  9. 18F-FET microPET and microMRI for anti-VEGF and anti-PlGF response assessment in an orthotopic murine model of human glioblastoma

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    Nedergaard, Mette Kjoelhede; Michaelsen, Signe Regner; Urup, Thomas

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    BACKGROUND: Conflicting data exist for anti-cancer effects of anti-placental growth factor (anti-PlGF) in combination with anti-VEGF. Still, this treatment combination has not been evaluated in intracranial glioblastoma (GBM) xenografts. In clinical studies, position emission tomography (PET) using......-FET MicroPET and MicroMRI for evaluation of anti-VEGF and anti-PlGF treatment response in GBM xenografts. METHODS: Mice with intracranial GBM were treated with anti-VEGF, anti-PlGF + anti-VEGF or saline. Bioluminescence imaging (BLI), 18F-FET MicroPET and T2-weighted (T2w)-MRI were used to follow tumour...... development. Primary end-point was survival, and tumours were subsequently analysed for Ki67 proliferation index and micro-vessel density (MVD). Further, PlGF and VEGFR-1 expression were examined in a subset of the xenograft tumours and in 13 GBM patient tumours. RESULTS: Anti-VEGF monotherapy increased...

  10. Subretinal Hemorrhage after Photodynamic Therapy for Juxtapapillary Retinal Capillary Hemangioma

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    Takayuki Baba

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available A 75-year-old Japanese woman presented with a juxtapapillary retinal capillary hemangioma (RCH in her left eye. Twelve months after the initial examination, the size of the hemangioma had increased and the exudation from the RCH involved the macula. Her best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA had decreased from 0.8 to 0.3. A total of five intravitreal injections of bevacizumab (IVB; 1.25 mg was given but the RCH did not respond. A photodynamic therapy (PDT was done using multiple laser spots to avoid damaging the optic nerve head. After the first PDT, the subfoveal fluid was reduced but not completely gone. One week after the second PDT, a massive subretinal hemorrhage developed. The subretinal hemorrhage was successfully displaced by injecting intraocular sulfur hexafluoride (SF6 gas. At the 3-year follow-up examination, no subretinal hemorrhage or fluid was observed at the macula and the BCVA remained at 0.05. Our case was resistant to the combination of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF and PDT and had a rare massive subretinal hemorrhage. A further collection of RCH cases treated with anti-VEGF and PDT that would justify this treatment is necessary.

  11. Prefilled syringes for intravitreal injection reduce preparation time

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    Subhi, Yousif; Kjer, Birgit; Munch, Inger Christine

    2016-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: The demand for intravitreal therapy has increased dramatically with the introduction of vascular endo-thelial growth factor inhibitors. Improved utilisation of existing resources is crucial to meeting the increased future demand. We investigated time spent preparing intravitreal...... injection treatment using either prefilled syringes or vials in routine clinical practice. METHODS: We video-recorded preparations of intravitreal injections (n = 172) for each preparation type (ranibizumab prefilled syringe (n = 56), ranibizumab vial (n = 56) and aflibercept vial (n = 60)) in a multi......-centre time and motion study. The preparation times for each step were extracted from videos and the three preparation types were compared. RESULTS: Prefilled syringes eliminated several steps in the preparation process. Total preparation time was 40.3-45.1 sec. using vials, and the use of prefilled syringes...

  12. Intravitreal injection of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells in patients with advanced retinitis pigmentosa; a safety study

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    Leila Satarian

    2017-01-01

    Conclusion: Intravitreal injection of autologous bone marrow MSCs into patients' eyes with advanced RP does not meet safety standards. Major side effects of this therapy can include fibrosis and TRD. We propose thorough evaluation of MSCs prior to transplantation by intravitreal injection in the laboratory animals.\\

  13. Acute sterile endophthalmitis following intravitreal bevacizumab: case series

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    Orozco-Hernández, Axel; Ortega-Larrocea, Ximena; Sánchez-Bermúdez, Gustavo; García-Aguirre, Gerardo; Cantón, Virgilio Morales; Velez-Montoya, Raul

    2014-01-01

    recognition and accurate differential diagnosis is important to avoid unnecessary treatments and long-term complications. The low incidence of this event should not preclude the use of intravitreal injections in eyes that could benefit greatly from this therapy. PMID:25228797

  14. The role of intravitreal chemotherapy for retinoblastoma

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    Fairooz P Manjandavida

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Targeted therapy in retinoblastoma (RB is widely accepted as the current management tool with an aim of increasing drug availability at the tumor location. Inevitably the effect is several times higher compared to systemic delivery of chemotherapeutic drugs and carries less systemic toxicity. Despite tremendous advancement in saving life, eye salvage in advanced RB especially with active vitreous seeds remains a challenge. The hypoxic environment of the vitreous and reduced vitreous concentration of the drugs delivered makes these tumor seeds resistant to chemotherapy. Direct delivery of chemotherapeutic drugs into the vitreous cavity aids to overcome these challenges and is progressively being accepted worldwide. However, intraocular procedure in RB was abandoned due to high risk of extraocular tumor dissemination. Recently, the forbidden therapeutic technique was re-explored and modified for safe use. Although eye salvage rate has tremendously improved after intravitreal chemotherapy (IVitC, retinal toxicity, and vision salvage are yet to be validated. In our preliminary report of intravitreal melphalan in 11 eyes, we reported 100% eye salvage and 0% recurrence with an extended 15 months mean follow-up. In this review, we analyzed published reports on IVitC in RB via PubMed, Medline, and conference proceedings citation index, electronic database search, without language restriction that included case series and reports of humans and experimental animal eyes with RB receiving IVitC.

  15. Intravitreal triamcinolone for diffuse diabetic macular oedema.

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    Gibran, S K

    2012-02-03

    AIM: To evaluate the efficacy of intravitreal triamcinolone (IVTA) for the treatment of diffuse diabetic macular oedema (DME) refractory to conventional argon macular laser therapy. METHODS: A prospective, consecutive, and noncomparative case series was undertaken involving 38 eyes of 38 patients with refractory DME. Triamcinolone acetonide (4 mg) in 0.1 ml was injected intravitreally. LogMar visual acuity (VA) and macular thickness measured by ocular coherence tomography (OCT) were assessed preoperatively and postoperatively at 1, 3, and 6 months. RESULTS: All patients completed 6 months of follow up. VA (mean+\\/-SD) improved from 0.905+\\/-0.23 to 0.605+\\/-0.28, 0.555+\\/-0.29, and 0.730+\\/-0.30 at 1, 3, and 6 months, respectively. Macular thickness baseline (mean+\\/-SD) on OCT was 418.7+\\/-104.2 microm and this decreased to 276.9+\\/-72.6 microm, 250.6+\\/-53.1 microm, and 308.8+\\/-87.3 microm at 1, 3, and 6 months, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: IVTA may be a potential temporary treatment for refractory DME. It is effective in decreasing macular thickness and improving VA but the effect lasts approximately for 6 months in the majority of patients. Further investigations are required to establish the safety of IVTA for the treatment of DME.

  16. Efficacy of Intravitreal Bevacizumab for Stage 3+ Retinopathy of Prematurity

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    Mintz-Hittner, Helen A.; Kennedy, Kathleen A.; Chuang, Alice Z.

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND Retinopathy of prematurity is a leading cause of childhood blindness worldwide. Peripheral retinal ablation with conventional (confluent) laser therapy is destructive, causes complications, and does not prevent all vision loss, especially in cases of retinopathy of prematurity affecting zone I of the eye. Case series in which patients were treated with vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitors suggest that these agents may be useful in treating retinopathy of prematurity. METHODS We conducted a prospective, controlled, randomized, stratified, multicenter trial to assess intravitreal bevacizumab monotherapy for zone I or zone II posterior stage 3+ (i.e., stage 3 with plus disease) retinopathy of prematurity. Infants were randomly assigned to receive intravitreal bevacizumab (0.625 mg in 0.025 ml of solution) or conventional laser therapy, bilaterally. The primary ocular outcome was recurrence of retinopathy of prematurity in one or both eyes requiring retreatment before 54 weeks’ postmenstrual age. RESULTS We enrolled 150 infants (total sample of 300 eyes); 143 infants survived to 54 weeks’ postmenstrual age, and the 7 infants who died were not included in the primary-outcome analyses. Retinopathy of prematurity recurred in 4 infants in the bevacizumab group (6 of 140 eyes [4%]) and 19 infants in the laser-therapy group (32 of 146 eyes [22%], P = 0.002). A significant treatment effect was found for zone I retinopathy of prematurity (P = 0.003) but not for zone II disease (P = 0.27). CONCLUSIONS Intravitreal bevacizumab monotherapy, as compared with conventional laser therapy, in infants with stage 3+ retinopathy of prematurity showed a significant benefit for zone I but not zone II disease. Development of peripheral retinal vessels continued after treatment with intravitreal bevacizumab, but conventional laser therapy led to permanent destruction of the peripheral retina. This trial was too small to assess safety. PMID:21323540

  17. Anti-VEGF strategies - from antibodies to tyrosine kinase inhibitors: background and clinical development in human cancer.

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    Korpanty, Grzegorz

    2012-01-01

    Tumour angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels supporting tumour growth and metastasis) is a result of complex interactions between the tumour and the surrounding microenvironment. Targeting tumours with anti-angiogenic therapy remains an exciting area of preclinical and clinical studies. Although many significant advances have been achieved and the clinical use of anti-angiogenic drugs is now well recognized in many solid malignancies, these therapies fall short of their anticipated clinical benefits and leave many unanswered questions like exact mechanism of action, patients\\' selection and monitoring response to anti-angiogenic drugs. Tumour angiogenesis is controlled by complex signaling cascades and ongoing research into molecular mechanisms of tumour angiogenesis not only helps to understand its basic mechanisms but hopefully will identify new therapeutic targets. In 2012, both monoclonal antibodies and small molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitors remain the two major clinically useful therapeutic options that interfere with tumour angiogenesis in many solid malignancies.

  18. Acute sterile endophthalmitis following intravitreal bevacizumab: case series

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    Orozco-Hernández A

    2014-09-01

    used. Three patients showed a transient elevation of intraocular pressure. Only 50% of the patients regained a visual acuity equal or better to the baseline visual acuity on file. Conclusion: The increasing number of intravitreal injections of bevacizumab applied every day, due to its widespread acceptance, might be one reason why the number of cases of sterile endophthalmitis is rising. Fast recognition and accurate differential diagnosis is important to avoid unnecessary treatments and long-term complications. The low incidence of this event should not preclude the use of intravitreal injections in eyes that could benefit greatly from this therapy. Keywords: complications, vitrectomy, intravitreal antibiotics, pseudoendophthalmitis, bevacizumab

  19. Survey of intravitreal injection techniques among retina specialists in Israel

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    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Ori Segal,1,2 Yael Segal-Trivitz,1,3 Arie Y Nemet,1,2 Noa Geffen,1,2 Ronit Nesher,1,2 Michael Mimouni4 1Department of Ophthalmology, Meir Medical Center, Kfar Saba, 2The Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, 3Department of Psychiatry, Geha Psychiatric Hospital, Petah Tikva, 4Department of Ophthalmology, Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa, Israel Purpose: The purpose of this study was to describe antivascular endothelial growth factor intravitreal injection techniques of retinal specialists in order to establish a cornerstone for future practice guidelines. Methods: All members of the Israeli Retina Society were contacted by email to complete an anonymous, 19-question, Internet-based survey regarding their intravitreal injection techniques. Results: Overall, 66% (52/79 completed the survey. Most (98% do not instruct patients to discontinue anticoagulant therapy and 92% prescribe treatment for patients in the waiting room. Three quarters wear sterile gloves and prepare the patient in the supine position. A majority (71% use sterile surgical draping. All respondents apply topical analgesics and a majority (69% measure the distance from the limbus to the injection site. A minority (21% displace the conjunctiva prior to injection. A majority of the survey participants use a 30-gauge needle and the most common quadrant for injection is superotemporal (33%. Less than half routinely assess postinjection optic nerve perfusion (44%. A majority (92% apply prophylactic antibiotics immediately after the injection. Conclusion: The majority of retina specialists perform intravitreal injections similarly. However, a relatively large minority performs this procedure differently. Due to the extremely low percentage of complications, it seems as though such differences do not increase the risk. However, more evidence-based medicine, a cornerstone for practice guidelines, is required in order to identify the intravitreal injection techniques

  20. Fulminant toxoplasmic retinochoroiditis following intravitreal triamcinolone administration

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    Ryan Rush

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We report two cases of fulminant toxoplasmic retinochoroiditis following intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide (IVTA administration. Case 1: A 42-year-old female received IVTA for presumed non-infectious panuveitis. Within 2 months, she developed diffuse macular retinochoroiditis with optic disc edema. Upon starting anti-toxoplasmic therapy (ATT, her intraocular inflammation resolved with catastrophic damage to the disc and macula. Case 2: A 30-year-old male received IVTA for presumed reactivation of previously scarred toxoplasmic retinochoroiditis. Despite simultaneous ATT, within 6 weeks, he developed extensive, multifocal macular retinochoroiditis. He continued to require ATT for 18 months and later underwent vitrectomy with silicone oil placement for severe epiretinal proliferation. Aqueous tap polymerase chain reactions were found positive for Toxoplasma gondii in both cases. In conclusion, IVTA administration can lead to fulminant toxoplasmic retinochoroiditis even when used with appropriate ATT. Extreme caution should be exercised while administering depot corticosteroids in eyes with panuveitis of unknown origin.

  1. Intravitreal Bevacizumab (Avastin) for Diabetic Retinopathy: The 2010 GLADAOF Lecture

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    Arevalo, J. Fernando; Sanchez, Juan G.; Lasave, Andres F.; Wu, Lihteh; Maia, Mauricio; Bonafonte, Sergio; Brito, Miguel; Alezzandrini, Arturo A.; Restrepo, Natalia; Berrocal, Maria H.; Saravia, Mario; Farah, Michel Eid; Fromow-Guerra, Jans; Morales-Canton, Virgilio

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    This paper demonstrates multiple benefits of intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB) on diabetic retinopathy (DR) including diabetic macular edema (DME) and proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) at 24 months of followup. This is a retrospective multicenter interventional comparative case series of intravitreal injections of 1.25 or 2.5 mg of bevacizumab for DME, PDR without tractional retinal detachment (TRD), and patients who experienced the development or progression of TRD after an intravitreal injection of 1.25 or 2.5 mg of bevacizumab before vitrectomy for the management of PDR. The results indicate that IVB injections may have a beneficial effect on macular thickness and visual acuity (VA) in diffuse DME. Therefore, in the future this new therapy could complement focal/grid laser photocoagulation in DME. In PDR, this new option could be an adjuvant agent to panretina photocoagulation so that more selective therapy may be applied. Finally, TRD in PDR may occur or progress after IVB used as an adjuvant to vitrectomy. Surgery should be performed 4 days after IVB. Most patients had poorly controlled diabetes mellitus associated with elevated HbA1c, insulin administration, PDR refractory to panretinal photocoagulation, and longer time between IVB and vitrectomy. PMID:21584260

  2. Data on cell growth inhibition induced by anti-VEGF siRNA delivered by Stealth liposomes incorporating G2 PAMAM-cholesterol versus Metafectene® as a function of exposure time and siRNA concentration

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    Nasim Golkar

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available In this data article, carboxyfluorescein-loaded liposomes were prepared and purified from free carboxyfluorescein using gel filtration chromatography in the first part. In the next part, following preparation of anti-VEGF siRNA loaded liposomes incorporating hydrophobically modified G2 PAMAM dendrimer (G2-Chol40% (Golkar et al., 2016 [1], the cell growth inhibition induced by the formulations (siRNA/Metafectene complexes and siRNA loaded liposomes incorporating hydrophobic G2 was evaluated at two exposure times through MTT assay in a breast cancer cell (SKBR-3 and compared by two-way ANOVA.

  3. Bilateral concomitant intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth ...

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    Nov 18, 2015 ... complications following anti-VEGF injection, further study with a larger number of patients will be necessary to definitively .... However, no drops, materials, or instrument were reused in the preparation and injection of the second eye. Postinjection, patient was counseled and .... retinal-insider/c/48731/.

  4. Preclinical Dose-Escalation Study of Intravitreal AAV-RS1 Gene Therapy in a Mouse Model of X-linked Retinoschisis: Dose-Dependent Expression and Improved Retinal Structure and Function.

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    Bush, Ronald A; Zeng, Yong; Colosi, Peter; Kjellstrom, Sten; Hiriyanna, Suja; Vijayasarathy, Camasamudram; Santos, Maria; Li, Jinbo; Wu, Zhijian; Sieving, Paul A

    2016-05-01

    Gene therapy for inherited retinal diseases has been shown to ameliorate functional and structural defects in both animal models and in human clinical trials. X-linked retinoschisis (XLRS) is an early-age onset macular dystrophy resulting from loss of an extracellular matrix protein (RS1). In preparation for a human clinical gene therapy trial, we conducted a dose-range efficacy study of the clinical vector, a self-complementary AAV delivering a human retinoschisin (RS1) gene under control of the RS1 promoter and an interphotoreceptor binding protein enhancer (AAV8-scRS/IRBPhRS), in the retinoschisin knockout (Rs1-KO) mouse. The therapeutic vector at 1 × 10(6) to 2.5 × 10(9) (1E6-2.5E9) vector genomes (vg)/eye or vehicle was administered to one eye of 229 male Rs1-KO mice by intravitreal injection at 22 ± 3 days postnatal age (PN). Analysis of retinal function (dark-adapted electroretinogram, ERG), structure (cavities and outer nuclear layer thickness) by in vivo retinal imaging using optical coherence tomography, and retinal immunohistochemistry (IHC) for RS1 was done 3-4 months and/or 6-9 months postinjection (PI). RS1 IHC staining was dose dependent across doses ≥1E7 vg/eye, and the threshold for significant improvement in all measures of retinal structure and function was 1E8 vg/eye. Higher doses, however, did not produce additional improvement. At all doses showing efficacy, RS1 staining in Rs1-KO mouse was less than that in wild-type mice. Improvement in the ERG and RS1 staining was unchanged or greater at 6-9 months than at 3-4 months PI. This study demonstrates that vitreal administration of AAV8 scRS/IRBPhRS produces significant improvement in retinal structure and function in the mouse model of XLRS over a vector dose range that can be extended to a human trial. It indicates that a fully normal level of RS1 expression is not necessary for a therapeutic effect.

  5. Intravitreal itraconazole inhibits laser-induced choroidal neovascularization in rats.

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    Jeong Hun Bae

    Full Text Available Choroidal neovascularization (CNV is a major cause of severe visual loss in patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD. Recently, itraconazole has shown potent and dose-dependent inhibition of tumor-associated angiogenesis. We evaluated the anti-angiogenic effect of itraconazole in a rat model of laser-induced CNV. After laser photocoagulation in each eye to cause CNV, right eyes were administered intravitreal injections of itraconazole; left eyes received balanced salt solution (BSS as controls. On day 14 after laser induction, fluorescein angiography (FA was used to assess abnormal vascular leakage. Flattened retinal pigment epithelium (RPE-choroid tissue complex was stained with Alexa Fluor 594-conjugated isolectin B4 to measure the CNV area and volume. Vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (VEGFR2 mRNA and protein expression was determined 1, 4, 7, and 14 days after intravitreal injection by quantitative RT-PCR or Western blot. VEGF levels were analyzed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA. Intravitreal itraconazole significantly reduced leakage from CNV as assessed by FA and CNV area and volume on flat mounts compared with intravitreal BSS (p = 0.002 for CNV leakage, p<0.001 for CNV area and volume. Quantitative RT-PCR showed significantly lower expression of VEGFR2 mRNA in the RPE-choroid complexes of itraconazole-injected eyes than those of BSS-injected eyes on days 7 and 14 (p = 0.003 and p = 0.006. Western blots indicated that VEGFR2 was downregulated after itraconazole treatment. ELISA showed a significant difference in VEGF level between itraconazole-injected and BSS-injected eyes on days 7 and 14 (p = 0.04 and p = 0.001. Our study demonstrated that intravitreal itraconazole significantly inhibited the development of laser-induced CNV in rats. Itraconazole had anti-angiogenic activity along with the reduction of VEGFR2 and VEGF levels. Itraconazole may prove beneficial for treating CNV as an alternative or

  6. Efficacy and safety of adjuvant intravitreal injection of anti-vascular endothelial growth factors prior to vitrectomy in the treatment of proliferative diabetic retinopathy: A Meta-analysis

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    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To investigate the effectiveness and safety of intravitreal injection of anti-vascular endothelial growth factors(VEGFdrugs to the patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy before vitrectomy treatment.METHODS: A Meta-analysis. A comprehensive retrieval was conducted using the database including EMbase, the Cochrane Library, Pubmed, CBM, WanFang Database, CNKI and so on. The retrieval time was limited from the building time of database to Jan. 2017. The randomized controlled trial was adopted with no requirements on languages. The Jadad scale and Cochrance cooperation were used as the tool of the risk and bias evaluation to analyze the literature quality. Quality estimation of evidence-based medicine on the parameters of each evaluation index was made via GRADEpro Software. The publishing biases of enclosed documents were inspected with funnel plot. At last, the Meta analysis was conducted with Review Manager 5.3.RESULTS: Totally 16 literatures published from 2008-2016 were finally put into randomized controlled trial. A total of 923 cases were included, among which 493 cases were grouped as intravitreal injection of anti-VEGF before the combined operation of PPV group(the experimental group, and 430 cases were involved in simple PPV group(the control group. The results of Meta-analysis show:(1The probability of intraoperative bleeding was remarkably lower than the control group \\〖OR=0.06, 95%CI(0.02, 0.15, PWMD=-29.13, 95% CI(-36.95, -21.30, POR=0.34, 95%CI(0.20, 0.58, PWMD=-0.51(LogMAR, 95%CI(-1.10, 0.08, P=0.09\\〗 with no statistical significance.(5The occurrence of iatrogenic retinal rupture was lower than that of the control group\\〖OR=0.24, 95%CI(0.14, 0.40, PCONCLUSION: It is effective and safe for the patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy to inject anti-VEGF drugs into vitreous cavity before vitrectomy. And it can reduce the occurrence of complications during and after surgery, improving the general treatment

  7. Non-physician delivered intravitreal injection service is feasible and safe

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    Rasul, Asrin; Subhi, Yousif; Sørensen, Torben Lykke

    2016-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Non-physicians such as nurses are trained to give injections into the vitreous body of the eye to meet the increasing demand for intravitreal therapy with vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitors against common eye diseases, e.g. age-related macular degeneration and diabetic...... by 16 nurses. The studies found that having nurses perform the intravitreal injections produced to a short-term capacity improvement and liberated physicians for other clinical work. Training was provided through courses and direct supervision. The rates of endophthalmitis were 0-0.40‰, which...

  8. Intravitreal bevacizumab (Avastin) for neovascular age-related macular degeneration in treatment-naive patients

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    Pedersen, Karen Bjerg; Sjølie, Anne Katrin; Møller, Flemming

    2008-01-01

    Abstract. Purpose: To report the effects of intravitreal bevacizumab (Avastin((R))) in treatment-naive patients with exudative age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) assessed by visual acuity (VA), optical coherence tomography (OCT) and contrast sensitivity. Methods: A prospective, uncontrolled......, pilot study of 26 eyes of 26 patients, all previously treatment-naive to photodynamic therapy, argon laser or anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), were treated with one or more intravitreal injections of 1.25 mg bevacizumab. Of the 26 patients, 15 (57.7%) had occult choroidal...... points. The results indicate that 1.25 mg intravitreal bevacizumab is associated with functional as well as morphological improvement among treatment-naive ARMD patients....

  9. Fatores de risco associados à intervenção com injeção intravítrea de anti-VEGF em pacientes com edema macular diabético

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    Aline Roseane Queiroz de Paiva Faria

    Full Text Available Resumo Objetivo: Propor um modelo de regressão logística para auxiliar na decisão de realização da injeção intravítrea (IIV de anti-VEGF, a partir da quantificação e hierarquização dos fatores de risco que compõem o perfil dos indivíduos diabéticos. Métodos: Trata-se de estudo transversal, observacional e inferencial, realizado em três instituições da Paraíba, de julho de 2015 a setembro de 2016. O modelo de regressão logística foi utilizado para obtenção do modelo preditivo e os dados foram analisados no software R®. Resultados: Foram avaliados 80 pacientes com diabetes tipo 1 ou 2, maiores de 18 anos, dos quais 57,5% não tiveram indicação de IIV e 42,5% receberam indicação deste tratamento. No grupo com edema macular diabético (EMD, a média de idade foi de 60,65 anos, sendo 52,94% do sexo feminino. Ainda nesse grupo, a maioria apresentou retinopatia diabética não-proliferativa severa ou retinopatia proliferativa (79,41%. Foram identificados como fatores de risco para EMD: o indivíduo ser aposentado (OR=5,22; p-valor 0,05, ter histórico pessoal de retinopatia diabética (OR=20,27; p-valor 0,006 e de tratamento prévio com anti-VEGF (OR=23,23; p-valor 0,002. Conclusão: Os resultados da pesquisa evidenciaram que um indivíduo diabético com baixa visual e apresentando esses três fatores deve ser encaminhado o quanto antes ao especialista, pois possui, com 91,17% de acerto, risco de apresentar EMD com necessidade de IIV de anti-VEGF. Essa ferramenta pode servir como coadjuvante na tomada de decisão, sobretudo do não-retinólogo, a fim de encaminhar para diagnóstico e tratamento precoces os indivíduos com EMD, o que pode ser decisivo na prevenção da perda visual irreversível nesses pacientes.

  10. An Experimental and Clinical Justification for Prolongation of Action of Anti-VEGF Drug in the “Wet” Form Age-related Macular Degeneration by the Introduction in the Back Subtenon Space on the Basis of Viscous Media

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    R. V. Gaybaryan

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    Full Text Available Purpose. Experimental-clinical substantiation of the effectiveness of subtenon injection of anti-VEGF drug on the viscous media with the purpose of strengthening and prolong of therapeutic effect in the treatment of wet form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD.Material and methods. The experimental part of the work was carried out on 10 rabbits (20 eyes. The main group of rabbits (10 eyes were injected into the back subtenon space 0,5 ml of a 10% solution of fluorescein on the viscous mediа, which was used as a 2% solution of hydroxypropylmethylcellulose; a control (10 eyes — without the viscous medium. After enucleation and isolation of ocular tissues in the posterior pole was performed water extraction of the dye determined the intensity of fluorescence after 3, 7, 10, 14 and 16 days after injection. In the clinical part of the work included 32 patients (34 eyes with the wet form of AMD, to be administered anti-VEGF drug at a dose of 12,5 mg (0,5 ml into the back subtenon space аt the same viscous media. The efficacy and safety were evaluated for 6 months.Results. As a result of the experimental study found that the length of stay in the back subtenon space of fluorescein solution of rabbit’s eye, introduced in the viscous medium to 2 times longer than without it. In a clinical study of stabilization was observed in 52,9 % of cases, improved visual function in 35,3 % of cases. Deterioration in visual functions noted in 11,8 % of cases. It was also noted improvement in photo-stress test. According OCT showed a decrease in central retinal thickness 2 times by reducing the size and volume of lesions by 30%, a significant decrease transsudativ processes in the retina in all patients, indicating that suppression of choroidal neovascularization.Conclusion: Subtenon injections of anti-VEGF drug is safe and has a positive effect in wet AMD, and its application to a viscous media has a prolonged action or property interest in any material or

  11. Intravitreal gas injection for the treatment of diabetic macular edema

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    Full Text Available Dominic McHugh, Bhaskar Gupta, Manzar Saeed King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, England, UK Purpose: This study investigates the efficacy of an intravitreal gas injection in inducing a posterior vitreous detachment (PVD in patients with clinically significant diabetic macular edema refractory to laser therapy. Methods: A local ethics committee-approved technique of an intravitreal injection of pure perfluoropropane gas (C3F8 was performed for all participants. After a period of prone positioning, the patients underwent regular and detailed clinical review. Main outcome measures: The induction of a PVD, change in macular thickness, change in visual acuity. Results: A PVD was induced in all five eyes with subsequent signs of reduction in macular thickness and resolution of exudates. Mean visual improvement was 11 ETDRS (Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study letters (range 4–21. Apart from a transient vitreous hemorrhage in one eye, there were no significant treatment-related complications. Conclusion: The induction of a PVD by pneumatic retinopexy appears to have a significant influence on diabetic macular edema in eyes which have not successfully responded to macular laser therapy. A randomized clinical trial is justified on the basis of the initial promising data. Keywords: optical coherence tomography, OCT, posterior vitreous detachment, perfluoropropane

  12. Radiation Therapy for Neovascular Age-related Macular Degeneration

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    Kishan, Amar U. [Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts (United States); Modjtahedi, Bobeck S.; Morse, Lawrence S. [Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, University of California, Davis, Sacramento, California (United States); Lee, Percy, E-mail: percylee@mednet.ucla.edu [Department of Radiation Oncology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, California (United States)

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    In the enormity of the public health burden imposed by age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), much effort has been directed toward identifying effective and efficient treatments. Currently, anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) injections have demonstrated considerably efficacy in treating neovascular ARMD, but patients require frequent treatment to fully benefit. Here, we review the rationale and evidence for radiation therapy of ARMD. The results of early photon external beam radiation therapy are included to provide a framework for the sequential discussion of evidence for the usage of stereotactic radiation therapy, proton therapy, and brachytherapy. The evidence suggests that these 3 modern modalities can provide a dose-dependent benefit in the treatment of ARMD. Most importantly, preliminary data suggest that all 3 can be used in conjunction with anti-VEGF therapeutics, thereby reducing the frequency of anti-VEGF injections required to maintain visual acuity.

  13. Sustained intraocular VEGF neutralization results in retinal neurodegeneration in the Ins2(Akita) diabetic mouse.

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    Hombrebueno, Jose R; Ali, Imran H A; Xu, Heping; Chen, Mei

    2015-12-16

    Current therapies that target vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) have become a mainstream therapy for the management of diabetic macular oedema. The treatment involves monthly repeated intravitreal injections of VEGF inhibitors. VEGF is an important growth factor for many retinal cells, including different types of neurons. In this study, we investigated the adverse effect of multiple intravitreal anti-VEGF injections (200 ng/μl/eye anti-mouse VEGF164, once every 2 weeks totalling 5-6 injections) to retinal neurons in Ins2(Akita) diabetic mice. Funduscopic examination revealed the development of cotton wool spot-like lesions in anti-VEGF treated Ins2(Akita) mice after 5 injections. Histological investigation showed focal swellings of retinal nerve fibres with neurofilament disruption. Furthermore, anti-VEGF-treated Ins2(Akita) mice exhibited impaired electroretinographic responses, characterized by reduced scotopic a- and b-wave and oscillatory potentials. Immunofluorescent staining revealed impairment of photoreceptors, disruptions of synaptic structures and loss of amacrine and retinal ganglion cells in anti-VEGF treated Ins2(Akita) mice. Anti-VEGF-treated WT mice also presented mild amacrine and ganglion cell death, but no overt abnormalities in photoreceptors and synaptic structures. At the vascular level, exacerbated albumin leakage was observed in anti-VEGF injected diabetic mice. Our results suggest that sustained intraocular VEGF neutralization induces retinal neurodegeneration and vascular damage in the diabetic eye.

  14. Improvement of visual acuity based on optical coherence tomography patterns following intravitreal bevacizumab treatment in patients with diabetic macular edema

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    Haider R. Cheema

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available AIM:To report the visual outcome based on various patterns of optical coherence tomography (OCT morphology in diabetic macular edema (DME, following treatment with anti-VEGF intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB injection.METHODS:Sixty-seven consecutive subjects with centre involving DME underwent intravitreal injection of Bevacizumab (1.25 mg/0.05 mL in this retrospective, comparative, non randomized study. The DME was classified into one of four categories:focal, diffuse, focal cystoid and neurosensory detachment based on OCT. Best corrected visual acuity (BCVA, macular appearance, and OCT findings were used to decide whether the subject should have a repeat injection of intravitreal bevacizumab. Outcome measures were a change in mean BCVA (Snellen converted to logMAR and central macular thickness (CMT in each group during the six month follow-up period.RESULTS:The mean BCVA improved to logMAR 0.23 at final follow-up from a baseline of 0.32 logMAR (P=0.040 in the focal group, logMAR 0.80 at final follow-up from a baseline of 0.82 logMAR (P=0.838 in the diffuse group, worsened to logMAR 0.53 at final follow-up from a baseline of 0.43 logMAR (P=0.276 in the focal cystoid group, and improved to logMAR 0.79 at final follow-up from a baseline of 0.93 logMAR (P=0.490 in the neurosensory detachment group. The mean CMT before treatment were 298.8±25.03 μm in the focal group, 310.8±40.6 μm in the diffuse group, 397.15±31.05 μm in the focal cystoid group and 401.03±75.1 μm in the neurosensory detachment group. A mean of 2.05 (range:1-5 injections in the focal group, 1.32 (range:1-2 in the diffuse group, 2.6 (range:1-6 in the focal cystoid group and 2.6 (range:1-6 in the neurosensory detachment group were performed during the six month follow-up period. Following intravitreal bevacizumab treatment, vision improved, remained unchanged or worsened in 11, 7 and 2 subjects in focal group; 11, 9 and 8 in diffuse group; 0, 2 and 4 in focal cystoid group and 5

  15. Use of Intravitreal Dexamethasone in a Case of Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy

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    Raffaele Nuzzi

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    Full Text Available Nowadays there is no unique and well-established treatment for nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy, despite being the main acute pathology that affects the optic nerve in the elderly population and often resulting in a significant loss of visual acuity. The effectiveness of oral steroids is still under debate in the international literature, although many studies show that patients treated with high doses of systemic corticosteroids have a significantly higher chance of improved visual acuity and visual fields. The authors propose an intravitreal dexamethasone injection/implant as initial and acute therapy. Compared to systemic corticosteroids, intravitreal dexamethasone has the advantage of avoiding any systemic side effects of steroids. On the other hand, a rise in intraocular pressure might occur, manageable with local antiglaucoma drugs, especially in patients at risk, and there is a risk of induced cataract. The pharmacodynamics of the intravitreal dexamethasone slow-release implant is characterized by a first step with high release concentrations and a second following phase with decreasing concentrations. Therefore, the use of emergency dexamethasone (high concentration intravitreal injection is justified as a treatment after the first detection of an ischemic optic anterior neuropathy.

  16. Management of cataract with macular oedema due to diabetes mellitus Type-II and hypertension with grid laser prior to surgery and intra-vitreal bevacizumab (avastin) peroperatively

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    Wahab, S.; Ahmed, J.

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    To study the visual outcome in patients subjected to cataract extraction with prior grid laser and intraoperative intravitreal bevacizumab injection. Methods: This prospective case series comprised of 38 patients subjected to phacoemulsification and in the bag intraocular lens implantation at Al-Noor Eye Hospital and Sindh Govt Lyari General Hospital Karachi from January 2007 to December 2008. All the patients had prior macular grid treatment and intra-operative injection of intra-vitreal Avastin. Diabetes mellitus duration, preoperative glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c) level and other systemic and local complications of diabetes were recorded. The patients were clinically assessed with bio microscopic examination preoperatively, and postoperatively on day 1, week 1, and in months 1, 2, 3 and 6 respectively. Visual acuity and state of macular oedema was clinically assessed and documented. Results: Out of thirty-eight patients, eighteen were males and 20 were females. Mean duration of diabetes was 9.92 +- 5.5 years (Range 4-16) while that of hypertension was 7.87 +- 3.66 years (Range = 2-15). HbA1c level was 8.36% +- 1.93% (range 6.3 - 12.3). Thirty-one (81.5%) patients had HbA1c level 8.0% or above indicating a poor control. At 6 months of follow up best corrected distant visual acuity of 6/6 to 6/9 was achieved in 23(60.5 %), 6/12 in 11(28.9%) and 6/24 in 4(10.5%) cases while best corrected near acuity of N/6 was achieved in 22(57.8%) N/8 in 12(31.4%) and N/12 in 4(10.5%) cases. At 6 months follow up visual acuity declined in two cases because of uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension. Conclusion: Cataract surgery in diabetic patients with macular oedema and hypertension has a good visual outcome if prior macular grid laser is performed and intra-vitreal anti VEGF is injected during surgery. (author)

  17. Long-Term Follow-Up of Intravitreal Bevacizumab in Retinal Arterial Macroaneurysm: A Case Report

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    Full Text Available Purpose: To present the long-term effect of intravitreal bevacizumab (Avastin® therapy in a patient suffering from retinal arterial macroaneurysm. Methods: Case report of a 72-year-old female diagnosed with retinal macroaneurysm in the superior temporal artery leading to macular edema. Functional and morphological data at baseline, 4 weeks, 2 months, and 13 months following treatment with two consecutive intravitreal bevacizumab injections are presented. Results: Best-corrected visual acuity improved from 20/160 at baseline to 20/20 at the3-months follow-up and remained stable through 13 months of follow-up. Central retinal thickness measured by optical coherence tomography decreased from 364 µm at baseline to 248 µm at the 13-months follow-up. No ocular or systemic side effects were detected. Conclusions: Intravitreal bevacizumab therapy may lead to resolution of macular edema associated with retinal macroaneurysm and consequently visual improvement. This treatment may promise a long-lasting effect but warrant further investigation in larger series.

  18. A Mathematical Analysis of Intravitreal Drug Transport | Avtar ...

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    Purpose: The aim of our present work is the development of a quasi steady-state model for the distribution of intravitreally injected drugs and investigation of the effects of various model parameters on the drug distribution in normal and diseased eyes. Method: A simple mathematical model for the intravitreal transport of ...

  19. The effect of intravitreal bevacizumab and transpupillary thermotherapy on choroidal metastases and literature review

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    Chun-Ju Lin

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    Full Text Available Aims : To represent the effects of transpupillary thermotherapy (TTT and intravitreal bevacizumab on choroidal metastases and review the literature. Settings and Design : A retrospective, interventional, noncomparative case series. Materials and Methods : A retrospective, interventional, noncomparative case series of five eyes in three patients with choroidal metastases was conducted. Fundus findings of choroidal metastases were divided into two types: Solitary or diffuse type. The size of the tumor was termed small (15 mm diameter. All eyes received one session of TTT followed by 3 weekly intravitreal bevacizumab injections as an adjuvant therapy. The parameters of treatment for TTT were 1.2-3 mm spot size, 150-300 mW, 60 s with the whole lesion covered confluently. The changes in preoperative and postoperative best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA were recorded. Serial color fundus photography and optical coherent tomography were performed to measure the treatment efficacy. Results : All eight choroidal metastases were solitary type. The size of six tumors was small, the size of one tumor was medium, and the size of one tumor was large. All five eyes of the three patients had improvement of BCVA after treatment. Fundus photos revealed tumor shrinkage and the mean shrinkage percentage was 61.27 ± 21.71%. Optical coherence tomography revealed complete resolution of serous retinal detachment. There was no recurrence after 6 months follow-up. Conclusions : TTT combined with intravitreal bevacizumab injections brought about beneficial effects in reducing tumor size and improving vision in all five eyes of the three patients. Despite the retrospective nature of our study, the absence of control group and the size limitation that, of course, limit the statistical power, TTT combined with intravitreal bevacizumab seems to be efficient in providing another cost-reducing and time-saving treatment option for patients with choroidal metastases. The

  20. Retinoblastoma Control With Primary Intra-arterial Chemotherapy: Outcomes Before and During the Intravitreal Chemotherapy Era.

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    Shields, Carol L; Alset, Adel E; Say, Emil Anthony T; Caywood, Emi; Jabbour, Pascal; Shields, Jerry A

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    To compare outcomes of intra-arterial chemotherapy for retinoblastoma as primary therapy before (Era I) and during (Era II) the intravitreal chemotherapy era. In this retrospective interventional case series at a tertiary referral center, 66 eyes of 66 patients with untreated unilateral retinoblastoma were used. intraarterial chemotherapy into the ophthalmic artery under fluoroscopic guidance was performed using melphalan in every case, with additional topotecan as necessary. Intravitreal chemotherapy using melphalan and/or topotecan was employed as needed for active vitreous seeding. Globe salvage was measured based on the International Classification of Retinoblastoma (ICRB) during two eras. The two eras encompassed 2008 to 2012 (intraarterial chemotherapy alone, Era I) and 2012 to 2015 (intraarterial chemotherapy plus intravitreal chemotherapy, Era II). Over this period, there were 66 patients with unilateral untreated retinoblastoma treated with primary intra-arterial chemotherapy. A comparison of features (Era I vs Era II) revealed no significant difference in mean patient age (24 vs 24 months), ICRB groups, mean largest tumor diameter (19 vs 17 mm), mean largest tumor thickness (10 vs 10 mm), vitreous seed presence (56% vs 59%), subretinal seed presence (67% vs 62%), retinal detachment (70% vs 66%), or vitreous hemorrhage (0% vs 5%). There was no significant difference in mean number of intra-arterial chemotherapy cycles (3 vs 3.1) or intraarterial chemotherapy dosages. Following therapy, there was a significant difference (Era I vs Era II) in the need for enucleation overall (44% vs 15%, P = .012), especially for group E eyes (75% vs 27%, P = .039). Four of the eyes that initiated therapy in Era I later required intravitreal chemotherapy during Era II. The enucleation rate was 0% for groups B and C in both eras and non-significant for group D (23% vs 13%). There were no patients with stroke, seizure, limb ischemia, extraocular tumor extension, secondary

  1. Serial Intravitreal Bevacizumab Injections Slow the Progression of Radiation Maculopathy Following Iodine-125 Plaque Radiotherapy.

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    Stacey, Andrew W; Demirci, Hakan

    2016-01-01

    To assess the outcomes of intravitreal bevacizumab injection in the management of radiation maculopathy secondary to plaque radiotherapy, and to identify optimal treatment strategies. A retrospective review of all choroidal melanoma patients at one referral center who were treated with plaque radiotherapy, subsequently developed radiation maculopathy, and received intravitreal bevacizumab. A total of 31 patients were identified. The mean visual acuity decreased three Snellen lines in the year leading up to the first bevacizumab injection. After initiating injection therapy, the mean visual acuity remained stable for 9 months. The change in visual acuity of patients who received injections within 90 days of previous injections was significantly better than the visual acuity of those who received injections more than 90 days apart (p=0.0003). Patients who demonstrated late-phase macular leakage on fluorescein angiography at the time of the first bevacizumab injection had better long-term visual acuity outcomes than patients who had no evidence of macular leakage (average of one line improvement of vision vs. ten line loss of vision, p=0.03). Intravitreal bevacizumab injection was effective in stabilizing visual acuity in patients with radiation maculopathy. Patients benefited most from injections administered every 90 days or sooner. Fluorescein angiography can help identify patients who will respond favorably to treatment.

  2. Assessment of patient pain experience during intravitreal 27-gauge bevacizumab and 30-gauge ranibizumab injection.

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    Güler, Mete; Bilgin, Burak; Çapkın, Musa; Şimşek, Ali; Bilak, Şemsettin

    2015-06-01

    To compare pain scores of patients during intravitreal 27-gauge bevacizumab and 30-gauge ranibizumab injection procedures. Seventy eyes of 70 patients who had not previously undergone intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor therapy were included in this study. Thirty-five patients received ranibizumab and 35 patients received bevacizumab. The diagnoses of the patients were: 27 age related macular degeneration, 15 diabetic macular edema, 9 diabetic vitreous hemorrhage, 6 central retinal vein occlusion, 11 branch retinal vein occlusion and 2 central serous chorioretinopathy. Bevacizumab (1.25 mg/0.05 mL) was injected into the vitreous cavity using a 27-gauge needle, and ranibizumab (0.5 mg/0.05 mL) was injected with 30-gauge needle. Patients were asked just after the injection to rate their perceived pain during the injection using the visual analogue scale (VAS) of 0 (no pain) to 10 (unbearable/worst pain). The average of these scores was used as the primary outcome. The VAS pain scores in the ranibizumab and bevacizumab groups were 1.06 ± 0.91 (range, 0 to 3) and 1.94 ± 1.55 (range, 0 to 7), respectively, a significant difference (p = 0.005). Patients gauge intravitreal injection is more comfortable than 27-gauge injection. Injection of bevacizumab with 30-gauge needle syringes may be more tolerable for patients.

  3. Isolated sixth nerve palsy after intravitreal bevacizumab injection.

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    Cakmak, Hasan Basri; Toklu, Yasin; Yorgun, Mücella Arikan; Simşek, Saban

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    To report a case of sixth nerve palsy after intravitreal bevacuzimab injection. After intravitreal bevacizumab injection in a 64-year-old man, the patient admitted to our clinic with the complaint of diplopia. A complete ophthalmologic examination was done to clear the symptomatology of patient. Examination of ductions revealed marked limitation of abduction of the right eye and full ductions of the left eye, consistent with right lateral rectus paralysis. Although intravitreal bevacizumab injections are generally well tolerated, it is possible that some serious systemic adverse events may occur. For this reason, patients must be closely monitored following these injections.

  4. Anti vascular endothelial growth factor sequential therapy for neovascular age-related macular degeneration: is this the new deal?

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    Neri, Piergiorgio; Mariotti, Cesare; Arapi, Ilir; Bambini, Elisa; Giovannini, Alfonso

    2012-03-01

    To review clinical data on the sequential use of the non-selective vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitors (ranibizumab and bevacizumab) and the selective VEGF inhibitor (pegaptanib) in the treatment of neovascular age related macular degeneration (n-AMD). This is a selective review of the literature based on a PubMed search using the terms 'age-related macular degeneration', 'selective anti-VEGF', 'non-selective anti-VEGF' and 'combination therapy' from 2000 to date in the English language. Studies on the management of n-AMD reporting adherence, patient-reported outcomes, costs, side effects, resource use and cost effectiveness were also included. The trial data suggest that pan-VEGF inhibition provides improved treatment outcomes in patients with n-AMD with selective anti-VEGF agents offering better tolerability on long-term treatment. A pilot trial and a large-scale, multicentre study confirmed the long-term efficacy of a selective VEGF inhibitor when used as maintenance therapy. Importantly, there is evidence that selective VEGF inhibition also reduces the risks associated with pan-VEGF blockade in patients with n-AMD. Anti-VEGF agents play a principal role in the management of n-AMD. The most potent are the pan-VEGF agents although there is some discussion regarding their long-term tolerability. The sequential use of non-selective VEGF inhibitors as booster therapy with a selective VEGF inhibitor as maintenance therapy seems to offer a promising safety/efficacy profile, as well as improved cost/effectiveness.

  5. Ranibizumab-induced retinal reperfusion and regression of neovascularization in diabetic retinopathy: An angiographic illustration.

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    Chandra, Shruti; Sheth, Jay; Anantharaman, Giridhar; Gopalakrishnan, Mahesh

    2018-03-01

    To report regression of neovascularization and reperfusion of ischemic areas of the retina on Wide-field Digital Fluorescein Angiography following anti-vascular endothelial growth factor injections in a patient with active Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy. Case report of sixty-one-year-old male patient with proliferative diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema documented on wide field digital fluorescein angiography. The patient was treated with three intravitreal injections of ranibizumab given at monthly intervals. Repeat angiography after third intravitreal injection revealed complete regression of new vessels. Moreover, there was evident improvement in perfusion in the previously noted ischemic areas of the retina. Intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) injections are a valuable treatment option for reversing neovascularization in eyes with proliferative diabetic retinopathy with fewer side effects when compared to standard pan-retinal photocoagulation. Additionally, we also illustrate restoration of retinal perfusion post anti-VEGF therapy indicative of pre-existingsalvageableischemic retina tissue.

  6. Scleral melt following Retisert intravitreal fluocinolone implant

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    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Ilias Georgalas,1 Chrysanthi Koutsandrea,1 Dimitrios Papaconstantinou,1 Dimitrios Mpouritis,1 Petros Petrou1,2 1Ophthalmology Department, University of Athens, Athens, Greece; 2Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UKAbstract: Intravitreal fluocinolone acetonide implant (Retisert has a high potency, a low solubility, and a very short duration of action in the systemic circulation, enabling the steroid pellet to be small and reducing the risk of systemic side effects. Scleral melt has not been reported as a possible complication of Retisert implant. The authors describe the occurrence of scleral melt 18 months after the implantation of fluocinolone acetonide implant in a 42-year-old Caucasian woman. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first report of this possible complication.Keywords: Retisert, scleral melt, complication, surgical management

  7. Comparison of intravitreal ranibizumab and bevacizumab for the treatment of macular edema secondary to retinal vein occlusion

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    Alex Yuan

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available AIM:To compare the efficacy of ranibizumab and bevacizumab for macular edema due to retinal vein occlusion (RVO.METHODS:A retrospective study was conducted at a single academic institution. Eighty-one patients naïve to anti-VEGF therapy with RVO and macular edema were identified. Twenty-six eyes were treated with ranibizumab, 33 eyes with bevacizumab, and 22 eyes with bevacizumab then switched to ranibizumab (crossover. The main outcome was change in visual acuity at 3 months, 6 months, and final visit.RESULTS:The mean visual acuity improved from 20/80 to 20/40 in the ranibizumab (R group and from 20/125 to 20/60 in the bevacizumab (B group (P=0.66. The mean change in central subfield thickness (CST was -186 and -212µm, respectively (P=0.69. Mean time between injections was 94±21.1d in the R group and 103.8±10.5d in the B group (P=0.78. In the crossover group, mean initial visual acuity was 20/125, reached 20/60 at crossover, and remained 20/60 at conclusion (P=0.91.CONCLUSION:Both ranibizumab and bevacizumab are effective for the treatment of RVO and appear to have similar visual and anatomic outcomes. Changing treatments from bevacizumab to ranibizumab did not result in further gains in visual acuity.

  8. Retinoblastoma frontiers with intravenous, intra-arterial, periocular, and intravitreal chemotherapy

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    Shields, C L; Fulco, E M; Arias, J D; Alarcon, C; Pellegrini, M; Rishi, P; Kaliki, S; Bianciotto, C G; Shields, J A

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    In this report, we explore retinoblastoma diagnostic accuracy and review chemotherapy alternatives for retinoblastoma using intravenous, intra-arterial, periocular, and intravitreal routes. A review of 2775 patients referred for management of retinoblastoma, disclosed 78% with confirmed retinoblastoma and 22% with simulating lesions, termed pseudoretinoblastomas. Children ≤2 years old showed leading pseudoretinoblastomas of persistent fetal vasculature, Coats disease, and vitreous haemorrhage, whereas those >5 years showed simulators of Coats, toxocariasis, and familial exudative vitreoretinopathy. The diagnosis of retinoblastoma should be established before planning therapeutic strategy. Chemotherapy strategy depends on tumour laterality and stage of disease. If bilateral retinoblastoma, intravenous chemotherapy (IVC) is important as first-line therapy for control of intraocular disease, prevention of metastasis, and reduction in prevalence of pinealoblastoma and long-term second malignant neoplasms. Bilateral groups D and E retinoblastoma receive additional subtenon's carboplatin boost for improved local control. If unilateral disease is present, then intra-arterial chemotherapy (IAC) is often considered. IAC can be salvage therapy following chemoreduction failure. Unilateral retinoblastoma of groups D and E are managed with enucleation or globe-conserving IVC and/or IAC. Intravitreal chemotherapy is cautiously reserved for recurrent vitreous seeds following other therapies. In conclusion, the strategy for retinoblastoma management with chemotherapy depends on tumour laterality and stage of disease. Bilateral retinoblastoma is most often managed with IVC and unilateral retinoblastoma with IAC, but if advanced stage, combination IVC plus IAC or enucleation. PMID:22995941

  9. [The results of intravitreal bevacizumab in high myopic subretinal neovascularisation].

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    Branisteanu, D; Moraru, Andreea

    2013-01-01

    To asses the anatomical and functional results after intravitreal bevacizumab administration in choroidal neovascularization secondary to pathologic myopia; To asses the safety and results stability; Prospective, interventional case study of 18 eyes with choroidal neovascularization secondary to pathologic myopia treated with 1.25 mg. intravitreal bevacizumab (AVASTIN). Intravitreal injection was repeated, if needed, at 4-6 weeks until leakage stopped. In all cases fluorescein angiograms and Spectral 3D OCTs were performed. Visual acuity was measured with ETDRS optotype. Cases were followed-up at least 6 months. Statistical analysis was performed using ANOVA and Wilcoxon tests. Mean age of patients in the study was 43.86%--6.32 years (ranging 24-62 years). The mean number of intravitreal injections was 2.62%--0.53 (ranging between 1 - 4 injections). Mean visual acuity improved in all cases. An increase of more than 15 letters was noted in 44.44.% of the cases. OCT confirmed a reduced depth of lesion and also a reduced lesion volume after treatment. No major local or systemic side-effects were noted. At 6 months follow-up the choroidal neovascularization reappeared in 5 cases (27.77%) requiring additional treatment. These results confirm the efficacy and safety of intravitreal bevacizumab in controlling the choroidal neovascularization secondary to pathologic myopia. More than 40% of the cases regained at least 3 lines in ETDRS chart but a recurrence was noted in 27.77% of the cases at 6 months.

  10. Intravitreal injection of perfluoropropane for the treatment of vitreomacular traction

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    Xiao-Ping Wan

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    Full Text Available AIM: To study the efficacy of a single intravitreal injection of perfluoropropane(C3F8in releasing vitreomacular traction. METHODS: Twelve eyes of 12 consecutive patients with vitreomacular traction received a single intravitreal injection of 0.3mL 100%(C3F8were retrospectively analyzed. The best corrected vision acuity and the neural epithelium thickness of central macular were observed. RESULTS: One month following treatment, vitreomacular traction was released in 5 eyes(42%, mean final visual acuity(VAimproved 0.04 and mean central foveal thickness decreased by 69μm. The vision acuity before and after treatment were 0.20±0.07, 0.25±0.04 respectively.CONCLUSION: Intravitreal C3F8 injection could offer a minimally invasive alternative to pars plana vitrectomy in patients with vitreomacular traction.

  11. Acute anterior uveitis following intravitreal bevacizumab but not subsequent ranibizumab

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    Full Text Available Christina Antonopoulos1, Maxwell Stem2, Grant M Comer21Department of Ophthalmology, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA; 2WK Kellogg Eye Center, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USAPurpose: Previous reports have identified noninfectious uveitis as a potential sequela following both intravitreal bevacizumab and ranibizumab injections. We present two unique cases of acute anterior uveitis following intravitreal bevacizumab that did not occur with subsequent ranibizumab injections.Methods: Case report.Conclusion: These cases may reflect differences in the etiology of anterior uveitis following intravitreal bevacizumab and ranibizumab. Given these differences, it may be reasonable to offer ranibizumab to patients who have experienced presumed bevacizumab-induced anterior uveitis.Keywords: adverse effect, age-related macular degeneration, anterior uveitis, bevacizumab, ranibizumab, uveitis

  12. Short-term effects of intravitreal dexamethasone implant (OZURDEX® on choroidal thickness in patients with naive branch retinal vein occlusion

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Purpose: The objective of this study was to evaluate subfoveal choroidal thickness (SFCT using enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography (EDI-OCT in patients with naïve branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO before and after intravitreal dexamethasone implant (Ozurdex® injection. Methods: Thirty-nine patients with unilateral BRVO and 35 healthy subjects were included in this prospective study. Choroidal thickness was evaluated by EDI-OCT at baseline and 1 month after dexamethasone implant. Results: The mean SFCT measured in 39 patients with BRVO was 299.41 ± 55.86 µm, significantly greater than that in contralateral eyes (283.76 ± 57.44 µm; p=0.009 and control eyes (276.14 ± 39.06 µm; p=0.044. The mean SFCT after the treatment was 279.64 ± 50.96 µm, significantly thinner than that before intravitreal dexamethasone therapy (p=0.004. Conclusions: SFCT in treatment-naive BRVO eyes was significantly greater than that in contralateral eyes and healthy eyes and decreased significantly after intravitreal dexamethasone implantation.

  13. Role of optical coherence tomography angiography in myopic choroidal neovascularization after intravitreal injections of Ranibizumab

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    Meng Cai

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To investigate the change of myopic choroidal neovascularization treated by ranibizumab and evaluate their value in monitoring the effect of anti- vascular endothelial growth factor(VEGFtherapy.METHODS: The study enrolled 30 patients(30 eyesdiagnosed with myopic choroidal neovascularization. All affected eyes were treated with intravitreal ranibizumab 0.05mL(10mg/mL. Best corrected visual acuity(BCVA, non-contact tonometer, ophthalmoscope, fundus fluorescein angiograph(FFAand OCTA were evaluated monthly until 6mo. The changes of BCVA and central macular thickness(CMTwere compared at 1, 3 and 6mo after treatment.RESULTS: All patients received an average of 1.70±0.65 injections. BCVA was 0.96±0.17(LogMARbefore therapy, and BCVA 1, 3 and 6mo after treatment respectively improved by 0.23±0.09, 0.34±0.07, 0.38±0.11. The differences were significant(t=5.461, 8.191, 8.894; Pt=12.007, 13.360, 9.531; PCONCLUSION: Intravitreal ranibizumab for CNV secondary to pathologic myopia is effective and safe; OCTA is a noninvasive and time-saving new technology, and it also is a promising tool for clinicians to make preliminary diagnosis and assess treatment efficacy in the follow-up visits.

  14. Intravitreal dexamethasone implant for cystoid macular edema and inflammation after scleral buckling.

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    Bonfiglio, Vincenza; Fallico, Matteo R; Russo, Andrea; De Grande, Vittorio; Longo, Antonio; Uva, Maurizio G; Reibaldi, Michele; Avitabile, Teresio

    2015-07-30

    Cystoid macular edema may occur following scleral buckling and therefore deteriorate the visual outcome. Inflammation may be the major causative factor in the development of postoperative cystoid macular edema. This case demonstrates the effectiveness of a dexamethasone implant as a treatment after the onset of choroidal inflammation and cystoid macular edema 6 months following scleral buckling and having visual acuity restored. A 59-year-old phakic woman treated with scleral buckling for macula-off retinal detachment presented 2 months after surgery with cystoid macular edema with choroidal inflammation. Optical coherence tomography and fluorescein angiography were performed. From the time of the diagnosis, the patient's condition had been nonresponsive to medical therapy and only partially responsive to sub-Tenon triamcinolone acetonide. An intravitreal implant with a sustained release of 0.7 mg dexamethasone was implanted. Following an intravitreal injection with a dexamethasone implant, the macular edema subsided completely and optical coherence tomography showed decreased foveal thickness from 510 μm to 220 μm. Choroidal fluorescein leakage disappeared. Best-corrected visual acuity improved from 0.70 to 0.20 logMAR, a condition maintained throughout the 6 months of follow-up. Cystoid macular edema and choroidal inflammation are difficult to treat, but the improvement observed in this case of post scleral buckling macular edema and choroidal inflammation showed how a dexamethasone implant proved to be useful during the 6-month follow-up.

  15. Changes in aqueous concentrations of various cytokines after intravitreal bevacizumab and subtenon triamcinolone injection for diabetic macular edema.

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    Yu, Seung-Young; Nam, Dong Heun; Lee, Dae Yeong

    2018-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to compare the changes in the aqueous cytokine levels after intravitreal bevacizumab with those after combined intravitreal bevacizumab and subtenon triamcinolone injection in diabetic macular edema (DME). This study examined 24 eyes of 23 patients with DME. Each patient with DME received randomly either an intravitreal injection of bevacizumab (IVBe) or IVBe with a subtenon triamcinolone injection (IVBe + STTA). Best corrected visual acuity and foveal thickness were evaluated and aqueous samples were obtained before and 4 weeks after the injection. The aqueous concentrations of interleukin (IL)-6, IL-8, interferon-induced protein (IP)-10, monocyte chemotactic protein (MCP)-1, platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-AA, and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) were measured using a multiplex bead assay. After the injection, the foveal thickness decreased more in the IVBe + STTA group than in the IVBe group (P = 0.042). The MCP-1, PDGF-AA, and VEGF levels decreased significantly in the IVBe + STTA group (p = 0.013, p = 0.004 and p = 0.018 respectively), but only the VEGF level decreased in the IVBe group (p = 0.001). IL-8 was significantly increased in the IVBe + STTA group (p = 0.003) but the changes in the VEGF levels were smaller than in the IVBe group (p = 0.025). Intravitreal bevacizumab and subtenon triamcinolone injection reduces the VEGF, MCP-1 and PDGF-AA levels and increases the IL-8 level in the plural cytokine profiles of patients with DME, which might explain the limited therapeutic effect of combination therapy.

  16. Rothia dentocariosa endophthalmitis following intravitreal injection-a case report.

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    Hayes, R A; Bennett, H Y; O'Hagan, S

    2017-12-16

    This report describes the first recognised case of Rothia dentocariosa endophthalmitis following intravitreal injection. A 57-year-old indigenous Australian diabetic female developed pain, redness and decreased vision 3 days after intravitreal aflibercept injection to the right eye-administered for diabetic vitreous haemorrhage with suspected macular oedema and proliferative diabetic retinopathy. Examination revealed best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) of hand movements, ocular hypertension and marked anterior chamber inflammation. The left eye was unaffected but had a BCVA of 6/24 due to pre-existing diabetic retinopathy. Vitreous culture isolated Rothia dentocariosa as the organism responsible for the endophthalmitis. The following treatment with intraocular cephazolin, vancomycin and ceftazidime, topical ciprofloxacin and gentamicin and systemic ciprofloxacin, the patient underwent vitrectomy. Nine weeks after onset, the patient's BCVA had improved to 6/36, and fundal examination revealed extensive retinal necrosis. Rothia dentocariosa is presented as a rare cause of endophthalmitis following intravitreal injection and reports the appearance of 'pink hypopyon' previously observed with other organisms. Its identification also demonstrates the risk of oral bacterial contamination during intraocular injections. Vigilance with strategies to minimise bacterial contamination in the peri-injection period are important. Further research to identify additional techniques to prevent contamination with oral bacteria would be beneficial, including whether a role exists for patients wearing surgical masks during intravitreal injections.

  17. Intravitreal Triamcinolone in Posterior Segment Diseases – Method ...

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    Intravitreal Triamcinolone in Posterior Segment Diseases – Method of administration. TS Oluleye, O Ajayi. 1. 2. Retina Unit, Department of Ophthalmology, University College Hospital, Ibadan. 1. Department of Ophthalmology, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife. 2. Triamcinolone is an intermediate-acting ...

  18. Intravitreal bevacizumab as a treatment for choroidal neovascularisation secondary to myopia: 4-year study results.

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    Peiretti, Enrico; Vinci, Michela; Fossarello, Maurizio

    2012-02-01

    To report long-term follow-up results from intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB) treatment of choroidal neovascularisation (CNV) secondary to pathologic myopia (PM). The study was designed as a retrospective analysis of consecutive patients presenting with PM. Twenty-one eyes were examined from 20 different patients. The study was designed as a retrospective, consecutive, nonrandomised, interventional case series. Twenty-one eyes from 20 patients with CNV secondary to PM who were treated with bevacizumab were followed for a maximum of 52 months. Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), optical coherence tomography, and fluorescein and indocyanine green angiography were performed on each patient at baseline presentation and every 3 months thereafter for the entire follow-up period. The continuation therapy was based on dosing as needed regimen (PRN) for treatment assessment. Overall, 15 (71.4%) of the 21 eyes studied demonstrated an improvement of ≥ 1 line on the Snellen chart. A total of 3 (14.3%) eyes showed no change with this analysis, and 3 (14.3%) eyes lost 1 line of discrimination. After the 4-year study period, fluorescein angiography suggested absence of angiographic leakage or fibrotic lesions in 15 eyes, and 3 eyes showed partial regression of myopic CNV. The remaining 3 eyes demonstrated total regression of CNV. Intravitreal bevacizumab appears to be an effective therapy for myopic CNV and its benefit may persist in a long-term follow-up, on the basis of PRN treatment compared to the natural history of the disease. Copyright © 2012 Canadian Ophthalmological Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Dexamethasone Intravitreal Implant for Diabetic Macular Edema During Pregnancy

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    Concillado, Michael; Lund-Andersen, Henrik; Mathiesen, Elisabeth R

    2016-01-01

    PURPOSE: To describe the management of diabetic macular edema during pregnancy with the use of a dexamethasone slow-release intravitreal implant. DESIGN: Retrospective, observational, consecutive case series. METHODS: The study included 5 pregnant women who presented with diabetic macular edema...... during pregnancy in the period from 2011 to 2014. Review of charts and photographs comprised best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), foveal center field thickness assessed by optical coherence tomography, blood pressure, glycated hemoglobin, medications, and changes in such parameters after implant...... injection. RESULTS: Diabetic macular edema involving the foveal center was observed between gestational weeks 9 and 23 in 10 eyes of 5 patients. Dexamethasone intravitreal implant injection was given 10 times in 9 eyes with a mean preinjection center field retinal thickness of 535 μm (range, 239-727 μm...

  20. Safety of intravitreal quinupristin/dalfopristin in an animal model

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    Veronica E. Giordano

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To determine whether different intravitreal doses of quinupristin/dalfopristin lead to electroretinographic or histological changes in the rabbit retina over one month period after injection. METHODS: Eighteen New Zealand white rabbits were divided into three treatment groups (groups 1 to 3 and different intravitreal doses of quinupristin/dalfopristin were tested in each group. The right eye was injected with the drug and the left eye received intravitreal injection of 5% dextrose water and served as control eye. The doses delivered to each group were 0.1 mg/0.1 mL, 1 mg/0.1 mL and 10 mg/0.1 mL. Simultaneous, bilateral, dark-adapted electroretinography and clinical images of both eyes were obtained in all groups before injection (baseline and after 7, 14, 21 and 28d, followed by enucleation for histological examination. RESULTS: Subjects in the group 1 showed no signs of toxicity in the electroretinogram when compared with groups 2 and 3 (Kruskall-Wallis test, P=0.000. By day 7, no electrical response to light stimuli was recorded in the treated eyes in groups 2 and 3, consistent with severe damage due to retinal toxicity. Light microscopy revealed no significant histopathological changes in the group 1, while rabbits in groups 2 and 3 had signs of granulomatous inflammation in most cases. CONCLUSION: Intravitreal 0.1 mg/0.1 mL doses of quinupristin/dalfopristin do not lead to electroretinographic or histological signs of retinal toxicity compared with 1 mg/0.1 mL and 10 mg/0.1 mL in this rabbit model.

  1. Isolated sixth nerve palsy after intravitreal ranibizumab injection.

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    Caglar, Cagatay; Kocamis, Sücattin Ilker; Durmus, Mustafa

    2016-09-01

    After intravitreal ranibizumab injection for diabetic macular edema (DME) in a 55-year-old man, the patient was admitted to our ophthalmology clinic with the complaint of diplopia. Given the results of the patient's history, physical exam, and negative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), we believed that the patient had a sixth nerve palsy related to ranibizumab injection. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case with isolated abducens palsy after ranibizumab injection.

  2. Intravitreal bevacizumab (Avastin in choroidal neovascular membrane in angioid streaks

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    Sachdev Nishant

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Angioid streaks are crack-like dehiscences in the Bruch′s membrane, which predispose to the development of a choroidal neovascular membrane (CNVM that carries a poor visual outcome. We report successful treatment in a 25-year-old woman with bilateral angioid streaks and subfoveal CNVM in the left eye who received two doses of intravitreal bevacizumab (1.25 mg injections six weeks apart, resulting in rapid regression of the CNVM.

  3. Intravitreal ranibizumab injections in patients with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP

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    Zuluaga Gómez, Liliana María

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To describe ocular outcomes after intravitreal ranibizumab injections in patients with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP, who had transpupillary laser thermotherapy without regression of the disease. Methods: Historical cohort in Clínica Universitaria Bolivariana (CUB during 2008-2015. Evaluation of patients with aggressive posterior ROP, threshold disease, who received intravitreal ranibizumab secondary to treatment with transpupillary thermotherapy. The primary outcome was treatment success defined as the resolution of neovascularization (NV and no recurrence. The secondary endpoints were visual acuity and ocular and systemic complications. Results: Eight eyes of four patients were included in the study. Six eyes had resolution of retinopathy, Incidence density 48 x 100 person years, 95 % CI = 17.6 - 100 with a median follow-up of 23.5 months, range 13-90 months. No ocular or systemic complications associated with the procedure was found. Conclusion: This cohort suggests that intravitreal injection of ranibizumab for ROP in refractory laser photocoagulation cases, results in apparent ocular preservation a long-term the outcome.

  4. Experiment study of retinal ultrastructure after intravitreal FK506.

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    Li, Shuangnong; Tang, Shibo; Li, Wei; Li, Dongping

    2004-03-01

    To investigate the retinal toxicity of FK506 by intravitreal administration. Twenty-two eyes of 14 New Zealand rabbits were investigated. FK506 at concentrations of 5,25 and 50 micrograms/eye was injected into the vitreous cavities respectively. The control eyes were received mixed solution of balanced salt and ethanol. All eyes were examined by tonometry, slit lamp and indirect ophthalmoscopy preoperatively and postoperatively at the 1st, 3rd, 7th, and 14th day respectively. In the final examination, all eyes were enucleated and processed for light and electron microscopy. No evidence of toxic reaction was seen in the eyes received 25 micrograms FK506 or less of FK506. Several eyes received 50 micrograms FK506 and control eyes developed conjunctival congestion and slightly bloody exudates in anterior chamber which may be related to irritation of ethanol. Two of five eyes received 50 micrograms developed transient vitreous opacities. Electron microscopically, the mitochondria of the photoreceptor cells were swelled in the eyes treated with 50 micrograms FK 506. It is safety with intravitreal FK506. There are no irritation and toxicity to the rabbits eyes with the intravitreal doses of 25 micrograms FK506 or less. The doses of 50 micrograms FK506 are proved to be toxic to the retina.

  5. Selective Gene Transfer to the Retina Using Intravitreal Ultrasound Irradiation

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    Shozo Sonoda

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper aims to evaluate the efficacy of intravitreal ultrasound (US irradiation for green fluorescent protein (GFP plasmid transfer into the rabbit retina using a miniature US transducer. Intravitreal US irradiation was performed by a slight modification of the transconjunctival sutureless vitrectomy system utilizing a small probe. After vitrectomy, the US probe was inserted through a scleral incision. A mixture of GFP plasmid (50 μL and bubble liposomes (BLs; 50 μL was injected into the vitreous cavity, and US was generated to the retina using a SonoPore 4000. The control group was not exposed to US. After 72 h, the gene-transfer efficiency was quantified by counting the number of GFP-positive cells. The retinas that received plasmid, BL, and US showed a significant increase in the number (average ± SEM of GFP-positive cells (32±4.9; n=7; P<0.01 . No GFP-positive cells were observed in the control eyes (n=7. Intravitreal retinal US irradiation can transfer the GFP plasmid into the retina without causing any apparent damage. This procedure could be used to transfer genes and drugs directly to the retina and therefore has potential therapeutic value.

  6. Intravitreal bevacizumab combined with plaque brachytherapy reduces melanoma tumor volume and enhances resolution of exudative detachment

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    Houston SK

    2013-01-01

    volume following combined therapy was shown to be reduced by 22.2% at 3 months, 28.9% at 6 months, 39.3% at 12 months, and 52.2% at 24 months (all P < 0.001. All patients tolerated the procedure well without systemic side effects.Conclusion: Intravitreal bevacizumab may be used as an adjuvant agent following plaque brachytherapy. Treated choroidal melanomas show reduction in tumor volume as well as resolution of exudative retinal detachments.Keywords: choroidal melanoma, brachytherapy, Avastin (bevacizumab, retinal detachment

  7. RETINAL PIGMENT EPITHELIAL TEAR AFTER INTRAVITREAL RANIBIZUMAB TREATMENT FOR NEOVASCULAR AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION.

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    Cho, Han Joo; Kim, Hyoung Seok; Yoo, Seul Gi; Han, Jung Il; Lew, Young Ju; Cho, Sung Won; Lee, Tae Gon; Kim, Jong Woo

    2016-10-01

    To evaluate the risk factors for retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) tears after intravitreal ranibizumab injections in neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) and to determine the efficacy of continued ranibizumab treatment after RPE tears. A total of 407 treatment-naïve eyes (377 patients) with nAMD were retrospectively included. All patients were treated with an initial series of 3 monthly loading injections, followed by further injections as required. Baseline characteristics and pigment epithelial detachment (PED) lesion features were evaluated as potential risk factors for RPE tear. The visual and anatomical outcomes after treatment during 12 months were also evaluated. By 12 months, RPE tears developed in 32 eyes (7.9%). Pigment epithelial detachment height was associated with a higher risk of RPE tear (odds ratio [OR], 1.318; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.217-2.031, P = 0.018). Fibrovascular PED compared with serous PED had a higher risk of developing tears (OR, 9.129; 95% CI, 6.228-32.124, P = 0.039), and typical nAMD (OR, 4.166; 95% CI, 2.030-14.913, P = 0.031) and retinal angiomatous proliferation (OR, 3.778; 95% CI, 2.185-9.277, P = 0.040) had a higher risk of developing tears compared with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy. Mean best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) of RPE tear patients showed no significant improvement after treatment at 12 months; however, patients with RPE tears without foveal involvement (19 eyes) showed significant BCVA improvement at 12 months (P = 0.034). PED type and nAMD subtype are associated with the development of RPE tears after intravitreal ranibizumab injections. Continued ranibizumab therapy after RPE tear development can maintain visual acuity when the fovea is not involved.

  8. Preclinical safety evaluation of a recombinant AAV8 vector for X-linked retinoschisis after intravitreal administration in rabbits.

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    Marangoni, Dario; Wu, Zhijian; Wiley, Henry E; Zeiss, Caroline J; Vijayasarathy, Camasamudram; Zeng, Yong; Hiriyanna, Suja; Bush, Ronald A; Wei, Lisa L; Colosi, Peter; Sieving, Paul A

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    X-linked retinoschisis (XLRS) is a retinal disease caused by mutations in the gene encoding the protein retinoschisin (RS1) and one of the most common causes of macular degeneration in young men. Currently, no FDA-approved treatments are available for XLRS and a replacement gene therapy could provide a promising strategy. We have developed a novel gene therapy approach for XLRS, based on the administration of AAV8-scRS/IRBPhRS, an adeno-associated viral vector coding the human RS1 protein, via the intravitreal route. On the basis of our prior study in an Rs1-KO mouse, this construct transduces efficiently all the retinal layers, resulting in an RS1 expression similar to that observed in the wild-type and improving retinal structure and function. In support of a clinical trial, we carried out a study to evaluate the ocular safety of intravitreal administration of AAV8-scRS/IRBPhRS into 39 New Zealand White rabbits. Two dose levels of vector, 2e(10) and 2e(11) vector genomes per eye (vg/eye), were tested and ocular inflammation was monitored over a 12-week period by serial ophthalmological and histopathological analysis. A mild ocular inflammatory reaction, consisting mainly of vitreous infiltrates, was observed within 4 weeks from injection, in both 2e(10) and 2e(11) vg/eye groups and was likely driven by the AAV8 capsid. At 12-week follow-up, ophthalmological examination revealed no clinical signs of vitreitis in either of the dose groups. However, while vitreous inflammatory infiltrate was significantly reduced in the 2e(10) vg/eye group at 12 weeks, some rabbits in the higher dose group still showed persistence of inflammatory cells, histologically. In conclusion, intravitreal administration of AAV8-scRS/IRBPhRS into the rabbit eye produces a mild and transient intraocular inflammation that resolves, at a 2e(10) vg/eye dose, within 3 months, and does not cause irreversible tissue damages. These data support the initiation of a clinical trial of intravitreal

  9. Management of recurrent inflammatory choroidal neovascular membrane secondary to Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada syndrome, using combined intravitreal injection of bevacizumab and triamcinolone acetate

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    Sivakami A Pai

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this report is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of combined intravitreal injection of bevacizumab and intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide (IVTA for recurrent inflammatory choroidal neovascular membrane (CNVM. It was a prospective interventional study of a young female, who was a known case of Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada syndrome. She presented with an inflammatory choroidal neovascualar membrane and signs of panuveitis in the right eye. She underwent a complete ophthalmic examination. She was given intravitreal injection of bevacizumab and IVTA at different sites. There was complete regression of CNVM and ocular inflammation within a week. After six months, she had recurrence of CNVM in the same eye, which was treated similarly. There was a complete resolution of CNVM and ocular inflammation after the combination therapy and systemic steroids, until one year of follow-up. No serious systemic or ocular adverse events were noted. Combination therapy appears to be an effective and safe method in the management of recurrent inflammatory CNVM.

  10. Optical Coherence Tomography and the Development of Antiangiogenic Therapies in Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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    Rosenfeld, Philip J.

    2016-01-01

    Purpose To explain the pivotal role optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging had in the development of antiangiogenic therapies for the treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nvAMD). Methods A historical literature review was combined with personal perspectives from the introduction of OCT imaging and the early clinical use of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitors. Results At the time that OCT emerged, the gold standard for imaging of nvAMD was fluorescein angiography (FA), a time-consuming, dye-based, invasive technique that provided en face images of the retina and was used to characterize leakage, perfusion status, and the types of macular neovascularization (MNV). In comparison, OCT imaging was a fast, safe, noninvasive technique that complemented FA imaging by providing cross-sectional images of the macula. OCT was able to visualize and quantify the macular fluid that was associated with the presence of excess VEGF, which was identified by intraretinal fluid, subretinal fluid, and fluid under the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). Clinicians quickly appreciated the benefits of OCT imaging for following macular fluid after anti-VEGF therapy. By observing the qualitative and quantitative changes in macular fluid depicted by OCT imaging, clinicians were empowered to compare anti-VEGF drugs and move from fixed-dosing regimens to patient-specific dosing strategies requiring fewer injections. Conclusions Optical coherence tomography imaging was adopted as a VEGF-meter, a method to detect excess VEGF, and evolved to become the gold standard imaging strategy for diagnosing nvAMD, assessing treatment responses to anti-VEGF drugs, deciding when to re-treat, and evaluating disease progression. PMID:27409464

  11. Novel therapies for malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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    Scherpereel, Arnaud; Wallyn, Frederic; Albelda, Steven M; Munck, Camille

    2018-03-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a rare cancer that is typically associated with exposure to asbestos. Patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma have poor outcomes with suboptimal therapeutic options and currently no treatment is curative. The standard frontline treatment, cisplatin plus pemetrexed chemotherapy, has only short and insufficient efficacy, and no validated treatment beyond first-line therapy is available. New therapeutic strategies are therefore needed. The addition of bevacizumab (an anti-VEGF antibody) combined with cisplatin plus pemetrexed has shown some promise. However, immunotherapy, especially immune checkpoint inhibitors, has generated a lot of excitement because of data suggesting the potential value of immune checkpoint inhibitors for patients who have failed chemotherapy. In this Review, we describe immune checkpoint inhibitors, other immunotherapies, targeted therapies, or combinations of novel drugs being investigated in malignant pleural mesothelioma, as well as the issues surrounding the selection of the best candidates for these treatments. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Pharmacokinetics of intravitreal bevacizumab (Avastin® in rabbits

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    Sinapis C

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Christos I Sinapis1,*, John G Routsias2,*, Angelos I Sinapis1,*, Dimitrios I Sinapis1,*, George D Agrogiannis3, Alkistis Pantopoulou1, Stamatis E Theocharis4, Stefanos Baltatzis5, Efstratios Patsouris3, Despoina Perrea11Laboratory for Experimental Surgery and Surgical Research 'N.S.Christeas', 2Laboratory of Pathophysiology, 3Laboratory of Pathology, 4Laboratory of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, 5Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece *Contributed equally to the studyPurpose: To describe the pharmacokinetics of intravitreal bevacizumab (Avastin® in rabbits.Methods: The right eye of 20 rabbits was injected intravitreally with 1.25 mg/0.05 mL bevacizumab. Both eyes of four rabbits each time were enucleated at days 1, 3, 8, 15, and 29. Bevacizumab concentrations were measured in serum, aqueous humor, and vitreous.Results: Maximum vitreous (406.25 µg/mL and aqueous humor (5.83 µg/mL concentrations of bevacizumab in the right eye were measured at day 1. Serum bevacizumab concentration peaked at day 8 (0.413 µg/mL and declined to 0.032 µg/mL at 4 weeks. Half-life values in right vitreous, right aqueous humor, and serum were 6.61, 6.51, and 5.87 days, respectively. Concentration of bevacizumab in the vitreous of the noninjected eye peaked at day 8 (0.335 ng/mL and declined to 0.218 ng/mL at 4 weeks. In the aqueous humor of the noninjected eye, maximum concentration of bevacizumab was achieved at day 8 (1.6125 ng/mL and declined (to 0.11 ng/mL at 4 weeks.Conclusion: The vitreous half-life of 1.25 mg/0.05 mL intravitreal bevacizumab was 6.61 days in this rabbit model. Maximum concentrations of bevacizumab were reached at day 1 in both vitreous and aqueous humor of the right eye and at day 8 in the serum. Very low concentrations of bevacizumab were measured in the fellow noninjected eye.Keywords: bevacizumab, pharmacokinetics, rabbits, intravitreal

  13. The effect of intravitreal administration of bevacizumab on macular edema and visual acuity in age-related macular degeneration with subfoveolar choroidal neovascularisation

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    Ristić Dragana

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD is a leading cause of the loss of central visual acuity in population older than 70 years. We can distinguish wet and dry form of AMD. The aim of the study was to present our early results in treatment of the wet (neovascular form of AMD with intravitreal administration of bevacizumab. Methods. The study included 39 patients. Each patient underwent a complete ophthalmological examination, fluorescein angiography (FA and optical coherence tomography (OCT. All the patients received 1.25 mg of intravitreal bevacizumab (0.05 mL of commercial phial of Avastin®. The total of three doses was given with a one-month interval between doses. Results. Among 39 patients, 24 were women and 15 men. The average best corrected visual acuity (BCVA was improved from 0.09 before the therapy to 0.24 after the administration of all the three doses of bevacizumab (p < 0.001. The average central macular thickness (CMT measured by OCT was improved from 474 μm in the beginning to 341 μm after the administration of all the three doses of the drug (p < 0.001. There were no side effects. Conclusions. Our short-term experience indicates that intravitreal administration of three doses of bevacizumab in one-month intervals between the doses leads to a significant reduction of macular edema and improvement of BCVA in patients with neovascular AMD.

  14. Efficacy of first Ranibizumab intravitreal injection on macular edema caused by retinal vein occlusion

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    Hong Cao

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To observe the efficacy of first Ranibizumab intravitreal injection on macular edema caused by retinal vein occlusion(RVO. METHODS: Thirty-nine eyes of 39 patients with macular edema due to RVO were treated in our hospital during June 2014 to December 2014. Patients received intravitreal injection of 0.05mL ranibizumab. Best corrected visual acuity(BCVA, central macular thickness(CMTand cube average thickness(CATwere analyzed at 2d, 2, and 4wk after injection, respectively. RESULTS: The baseline BCVA(LogMAR, CMT and CAT were 0.82±0. 45, 541±136μm and 382±107μm before treatment. After first ranibizumab intravitreal injection, mean BVCA significantly improved at 2d(0. 56±0.35,PPPPPPPPPCONCLUSION: First intravitreal injection of ranibizumab can improve macular edema caused by RVO in short-term, but long-term effects is needed further observed.

  15. Intravitreal triamcinolone for intraocular inflammation and associated macular edema

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    Steven M Couch

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available Steven M Couch, Sophie J BakriMayo Clinic Department of Ophthalmology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USAAbstract: Triamcinolone acetonide (TA is a corticosteroid that has many uses in the treatment of ocular diseases because of its potent anti-inflammatory and anti-permeability actions. Intraocular inflammation broadly referred to as uveitis can result from several causes, including the immune system and after ophthalmic surgery. One of the most common reasons for vision loss with uveitis is macular edema. TA has been used for many years as an intravitreal injection for the treatment of ocular diseases. Several case control studies have been reported showing the efficacy of TA in the treatment of intraocular inflammation and associated macular edema caused by Behcet’s disease, Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada syndrome, sympathetic ophthalmia and white dot syndromes. It has also been shown efficacious in cases of pars planitis and idiopathic posterior uveitis. Some authors have reported its use in postoperative cystoid macular edema. Many of the studies on the use of TA in controlling intraocular inflammation and concomitant macular edema showed its effect to be transient in many patients requiring reinjection. Complications can arise from intravitreal injection of TA including elevated intraocular pressure and cataract. Rarely, it can be associated with infectious and non-infectious endophthalmitis. TA may be useful as an adjuvant in the treatment of uveitis and its associated macular edema, especially in patients resistant or intolerant to standard treatment.Keywords: triamcinolone acetonide, Behcet’s disease, sympathetic ophthalmia, Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada syndrome, white dot syndromes, uveitis, cataract surgery, macular edema, endophthalmitis

  16. Ocular hypertension after intravitreal triamcinolone with vitrectomy and phacoemulsification

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    Parke III DW

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available D Wilkin Parke III, Robert A Sisk, Samuel K Houston, Timothy G MurrayDepartment of Ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USAObjective: To evaluate the effect of adjunctive intravitreal triamcinolone (IVTA on intraocular pressure (IOP in the setting of combined vitrectomy with phacoemulsification.Design: Retrospective case series.Participants: One hundred thirty-one consecutive eyes undergoing nonemergent vitrectomy with phacoemulsification and IVTA were reviewed and included in the analysis. All 131 eyes received 4 mg IVTA at the end of surgery.Methods: Pre- and postoperative IOP, use of pressure-lowering medications, and rate of glaucoma surgery were analyzed. Pre-operative risk factors were analyzed.Main outcome measures: IOP, glaucoma medications, or glaucoma surgery.Results: Secondary ocular hypertension (defined as IOP ≥25 mmHg was found in 28 eyes (21%, the majority during postoperative day 1 only. Twelve eyes (9% had an elevated IOP measurement noted at a visit after the first postoperative day. Five (4% had an IOP rise of ≥10 mmHg over baseline at any time after postoperative day 1. Six (5% required glaucoma medications. One eye required a glaucoma drainage implant for diabetic neovascular angle closure glaucoma, and one eye required enucleation for intractable neovascular glaucoma due to radiation retinopathy. Elevated postoperative IOP was statistically associated with higher baseline IOP and presence of preoperative glaucoma.Conclusions: Therapeutic intravitreal triamcinolone with combined vitrectomy and phacoemulsification causes infrequent and usually mild secondary ocular hypertension. Secondary ocular hypertension is associated with preoperative glaucoma and high IOP.Keywords: glaucoma, cataract, inflammation

  17. Efficacy of reduced dose of intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide in a case of active serpiginous choroiditis

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    Avirupa Ghose

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Active serpiginous choroiditis (SC is a vision-threatening condition which requires intensive treatment using corticosteroids and/or immunosuppressives, especially if the lesions are involving or encroaching on the macula. Use of oral and intravenous high-dose steroids are contraindicated in uncontrolled diabetics. Intravitreal steroid delivers a localized dose in such situations. This case report highlights the efficacy of reduced dose of intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide (2 mg in the treatment of active SC.

  18. Comparison of endophthalmitis rates following intravitreal injection of compounded bevacizumab, ranibizumab, and aflibercept.

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    Forooghian, Farzin; Albiani, David A; Kirker, Andrew W; Merkur, Andrew B

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    Whereas the incidence of endophthalmitis after compounded intravitreal bevacizumab is known to be low, the rates of endophthalmitis after intravitreal injection of compounded ranibizumab and aflibercept are not known. The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence of endophthalmitis after treatment with compounded intravitreal ranibizumab and aflibercept and to compare this to the incidence with compounded intravitreal bevacizumab. Retrospective chart review. All patients with post-injection endophthalmitis who were seen over a 6.5-year period at a tertiary retina referral practice. We identified all cases of endophthalmitis by searching for patients who received intravitreal antibiotics and had antecedent intravitreal injection of bevacizumab, ranibizumab, or aflibercept. A total of 54,101 injections of bevacizumab, 5,614 injections of ranibizumab, and 3,468 injections of aflibercept were performed. The incidence of suspected endophthalmitis was 0.041% (95% CI: 0.026-0.062) for bevacizumab, 0.036% (95% CI: 0.0043-0.13) for ranibizumab, and 0.06% (95% CI: 0.007-0.2) for aflibercept. For culture-positive cases, the incidence was 0.017% (95% CI: 0.0076-0.032) for bevacizumab, 0.02% (95% CI: 0.0005-0.1) for ranibizumab, and 0.03% (95% CI: 0.0007-0.2) for aflibercept. There was no statistically significant difference in endophthalmitis rate between the 3 different compounded drugs with respect to both overall suspected endophthalmitis rate and culture-positive endophthalmitis rate (p = 0.87). Compounding of ranibizumab and aflibercept for intravitreal use appears to be safe because the endophthalmitis rate does not appear to be different from that of intravitreal bevacizumab. Copyright © 2017 Canadian Ophthalmological Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Change in macular thickness in a case of refractory diabetic macular edema with dexamethasone intravitreal implant in comparison to intravitreal bevacizumab: A case report

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    Ashish Sharma

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    Full Text Available We report on the significant improvement of central macular thickness in a case of clinically significant macular edema after dexamethasone 0.7 mg sustained-release intravitreal implant (Ozurdex®; Allergan, Inc, Irvine, CA, USA. Patient presented to us with persistent clinically significant macular edema (CSME in both eyes. Right eye received dexamethasone implant and left eye received two intravitreal bevacizumab injections 1.25 mg/0.05 mL (Avastin®; Genentech Inc., South San Francisco, CA, USA with an interval of four weeks. After six weeks of follow-up, dexamethasone implant in the right eye showed normal macular thickness whereas persistent macular edema (ME was found even after second intravitreal bevacizumab injection in the left eye.

  20. Heparan Sulfate Binding Promotes Accumulation of Intravitreally Delivered Adeno-associated Viral Vectors at the Retina for Enhanced Transduction but Weakly Influences Tropism.

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    Woodard, Kenton T; Liang, Katharine J; Bennett, William C; Samulski, R Jude

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    Many adeno-associated virus (AAV) serotypes efficiently transduce the retina when delivered to the subretinal space but show limited success when delivered to the vitreous due to the inner limiting membrane (ILM). Subretinal delivery of AAV serotype 2 (AAV2) and its heparan sulfate (HS)-binding-deficient capsid led to similar expression, indicating transduction of the outer retina occurred by HS-independent mechanisms. However, intravitreal delivery of HS-ablated recombinant AAV2 (rAAV2) led to a 300-fold decrease in transduction compared to AAV2. Fluorescence in situ hybridization of AAV transgenes was used to identify differences in retinal trafficking and revealed that HS binding was responsible for AAV2 accumulation at the ILM. This mechanism was tested on human ex vivo retinas and showed similar accumulation with HS-binding AAV2 capsid only. To evaluate if HS binding could be applied to other AAV serotypes to enhance their transduction, AAV1 and AAV8 were modified to bind HS with a single-amino-acid mutation and tested in mice. Both HS-binding mutants of AAV1 and AAV8 had higher intravitreal transduction than their non-HS-binding parent capsid due to increased retinal accumulation. To understand the influence that HS binding has on tropism, chimeric AAV2 capsids with dual-glycan usage were tested intravitreally in mice. Compared to HS binding alone, these chimeric capsids displayed enhanced transduction that was correlated with a change in tropism. Taken together, these data indicate that HS binding serves to sequester AAV capsids from the vitreous to the ILM but does not influence retinal tropism. The enhanced retinal transduction of HS-binding capsids provides a rational design strategy for engineering capsids for intravitreal delivery. Adeno-associated virus (AAV) has become the vector of choice for viral gene transfer and has shown great promise in clinical trials. The need for development of an easy, less invasive injection route for ocular gene therapy

  1. Letter to the editor: dexamethasone intravitreal implant in the treatment of diabetic macular edema

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    Hall J

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available John Hall Alimera Sciences Ltd., Aldershot, Hampshire, UK I read “Dexamethasone intravitreal implant in the treatment of diabetic macular edema” published July 2015 by Dugel et al.1This article is very interesting in terms of providing an outline of the role of inflammation in the pathogenesis of diabetic macular edema and explaining the value of corticosteroids in the treatment of diabetic macular edema. However, I would like to draw your attention to the data presented for ILUVIEN® (fluocinolone acetonide; FAc in Table 2, which has been presented incorrectly and does not reflect the approved product and dose in Europe. ILUVIEN is indicated in Europe for the treatment of vision impairment associated with chronic diabetic macular edema, considered insufficiently responsive to available therapies2 and is approved in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. ILUVIEN was launched in the United Kingdom in April 2013, Germany in May 2013, and Portugal in January 2015.3View original paper by Dugel et al.

  2. Comparison of dexamethasone intravitreal implant and intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide for the treatment of pseudophakic cystoid macular edema in diabetic patients

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    Dang Y

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Yalong Dang,1,* Yalin Mu,2,* Lin Li,3,* Yahui Mu,2 Shujing Liu,2 Chun Zhang,4 Yu Zhu,1 Yimin Xu4 1Department of Ophthalmology, the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, Henan Province, 2Department of Ophthalmology, Yellow River Hospital, Henan University of Science and Technology, Sanmenxia, Henan Province, 3Department of Ophthalmology, the First Affiliated Hospital of Henan University of Science and Technology, Luoyang, Henan Province, 4Department of Ophthalmology, Peking University Third Hospital, Haidian District, Beijing, People's Republic of China *These authors contributed equally to this work. Background and objective: Our objective was to investigate the efficacy and safety of dexamethasone (DEX implant for the treatment of pseudophakic cystoid macular edema (PCME in diabetic patients. Study design: This was a prospective, non-randomized, interventional case series of 43 participants. Eighteen patients were enrolled in the DEX implant group and 25 were enrolled in an intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide (IVTA group. Main outcome measures: The primary efficacy measurement was the percentage of patients who gained improvements of more than ten letters in best corrected visual acuity (BCVA during 6 months of follow-up. Other efficacy measurements included change in BCVA, change in central macular thickness (CMT, and number of retreatments. The primary safety evaluation was the percentage of patients with intraocular hypertension and variation in intraocular pressure (IOP during 6 months of follow-up. Other adverse events, such as conjunctival hemorrhage, eye pain, secondary infection, endophthalmitis, noninfectious inflammation, retinal detachment, and implant migration, were also recorded during follow-up. Results: At month 1, we observed that the percentage of patients gaining improvement of more than ten letters was similar in both groups (P=0.625. As patients in the IVTA group were retreated several times, this

  3. Buckling surgery and supplemental intravitreal bevacizumab or photocoagulation on stage 4 retinopathy of prematurity eyes.

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    Futamura, Yukiko; Asami, Tetsu; Nonobe, Norie; Kachi, Shu; Ito, Yasuki; Sato, Yoshiaki; Hayakawa, Masahiro; Terasaki, Hiroko

    2015-11-01

    To report the results of scleral buckling (SB) with or without photocoagulation (PC) and intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB) for stage 4 retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) eyes. Forty-two eyes of 28 patients with SB and/or PC or IVB were studied. Twenty-nine eyes had stage 4A and 13 eyes had stage 4B ROP. Seventeen eyes underwent SB combined with additional intraoperative or postoperative treatments (combined group). Twenty-five eyes underwent SB without additional therapy (non-combined group). The concentrations of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in the aqueous humor determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay were compared between the two groups. The initial and final reattachment rates were also compared. The gestational age and birth weight were 25.0 ± 2.0 weeks and 786 ± 222 g in the combined group, and 25.5 ± 2.1 weeks and 899 ± 315 g in the non-combined group. The postmenstrual age at the time of initial surgery was 38.0 ± 1.9 in the combined and 44.1 ± 4.0 weeks in the non-combined group (P < 0.001). The initial reattachment rate was 92% in stage 4A and 75% in stage 4B of ROP eyes in the combined group, and the rate was 93% in stage 4A and 33% in stage 4B of ROP eyes in the non-combined group. The mean VEGF concentration in aqueous humor was 1923 ± 779 pg/ml in the combined group and 985 ± 303 pg/ml in the non-combined group (P < 0.05). Our results show that the retinal reattachment rate after combined therapy was comparable to that in the non-combined group. We conclude that combined therapy may be effective even in ROP eyes with high activity.

  4. The Use of Intravitreal Aflibercept in the Treatment of Wet Type of Age Related Macular Degeneration

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    Rejith Rag

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Aflibercept, an anti vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF which was originally developed in the treatment of large bowel cancers, has been found to be effective in the treatment of wet type of age related macular degeneration (ARMD, a potentially sight threatening condition affecting the retina. Chemically this biological drug is C4318 H6788 N1164 O1304 S12 with a molecular weight of 96.9 KDa. This is manufactured as a lipid soluble recombinant fusion glycoprotein that binds with both forms of vascular endothelial growth factors, i.e. A and B as well as placental growth factors, thus blocking the angiogenic action and consequent neovascular membrane growth, the pathognomonic feature of wet ARMD.

  5. Anti-Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Preparations in the Treatment of Retinopathy of Prematurity: Balancing Risks and Benefits.

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    Chawla, Deepak; Darlow, Brian A

    2016-11-07

    The standard of management of severe retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is laser ablation of the peripheral retina. Intra-vitreal injection of anti- vascular endothelial growth factor antibodies has emerged as an alternative modality of treatment of ROP. The purpose of this review is to evaluate the current evidence on benefits and risks of using anti-VEGF antibodies for management of ROP. PubMed and Cochrane Register of Clinical Trials were searched for studies evaluating role of anti-VEGF agents in ROP. No study design or language restriction was used. Data were extracted using a data extraction form and presented as a summary of key findings from different study types and designs. Of 143 studies retrieved, 107 were found relevant and further screened. Seventy-three studies reporting original research were selected. These were divided into three categories: pharmacokinetics studies (n=5), observational studies without a control group (n=59) and clinical trials with a control group (n=9). The most commonly used agent was bevacizumab at a dose of 0.625 mg per eye. At this dose bevacizumab administration led to regression of ROP in the majority of cases with type 1 ROP but was associated with sustained reduction in systemic VEGF levels. The most common adverse event after anti-VEGF therapy was recurrence of ROP needing follow up for up to one-year postmenstrual age. Randomized controlled trials demonstrated better anatomical outcome with bevacizumab as compared to laser therapy. Studies lack evidence of long term effect of bevacizumab on retinal vessels, functional visual outcomes and extra-ocular effects. Anti-VEGF agents are effective in causing regression of ROP. However, until adequately powered studies with long term follow-up and recording of more holistic outcomes are available, anti-VEGF agents remain an investigational drug in ROP and should be used only as part of clinical study.

  6. Nurse-led ranibizumab intravitreal injections in wet age-related macular degeneration: a literature review.

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    Gregg, Emma

    2017-04-12

    Aim The aim of this literature review was to explore the development of the role of specialist ophthalmic nurses in delivering ranibizumab intravitreal injections to patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and to evaluate their contribution to reducing capacity pressures in medical retina services, while maintaining safe and effective standards of care. Method A systematic literature search was undertaken to identify relevant articles published between January 2000 and June 2015. A search of electronic databases was undertaken, and selected relevant journals were searched manually. A free text and subject heading search strategy was conducted, in which the abstracts of publications identified for review were assessed for relevance. Inclusion criteria were: nurses delivering ranibizumab intravitreal treatment; studies performed in the UK and other countries; and patients with AMD, diabetic macular oedema or central retinal vein occlusion receiving nurse-led ranibizumab (Lucentis) intravitreal treatment. Findings Five studies were identified from the literature search, which audited a total of 31,303 injections delivered by nurse practitioners between January 2007 and November 2013. The visual outcomes and the rate of complications from intravitreal injections delivered by trained ophthalmic nurse practitioners were comparable to intravitreal injections delivered by ophthalmologists. Four of the five studies reported increased patient satisfaction, patients consenting to nurse-delivered intravitreal injections, favourable pain experience, and absence of complaints. Conclusion Practice innovation is an example of a quality, innovation, productivity and prevention process. Role expansion, in which specialist ophthalmic nurses deliver intravitreal injections, has been shown to be economical, safe and effective. It enables timely delivery of the service, thereby preventing irreversible blindness for individuals with wet AMD.

  7. Panretinal photocoagulation versus intravitreal injection retreatment pain in high-risk proliferative diabetic retinopathy

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    Célia Regina Farias de Araújo Lucena

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To compare pain related to intravitreal injection and panretinal photocoagulation in the management of patients with high-risk proliferative diabetic retinopathy. METHODS: Prospective study including patients with high-risk proliferative diabetic retinopathy and no prior laser treatment randomly assigned to receive panretinal photocoagulation (PRP group or panretinal photocoagulation plus intravitreal ranibizumab (PRPplus group. In all patients, panretinal photocoagulation was administered in two sessions (weeks 0 and 2, and intravitreal ranibizumab was administered at the end of the first laser session in the PRPplus group. Retreatment was performed at weeks 16 and 32 if active new vessels were detected at fluorescein angiography. Patients in the PRPplus group received intravitreal ranibizumab and patients in the PRP group received 500-µm additional spots per quadrant of active new vessels. After the end of retreatment, a 100-degree Visual Analog Scale was used for pain score estimation. The patient was asked about the intensity of pain during the whole procedure (retinal photocoagulation session or intravitreal ranibizumab injection. Statistics for pain score comparison were performed using a non-parametric test (Wilcoxon rank sums. RESULTS: Seventeen patients from PRPplus and 14 from PRP group were evaluated for pain scores. There were no significant differences between both groups regarding gender, glycosylated hemoglobin and disease duration. Mean intravitreal injection pain (±SEM was 4.7 ± 2.1 and was significantly lower (p<0.0001 than mean panretinal photocoagulation pain (60.8 ± 7.8. Twelve out of 17 patients from the PRPplus group referred intensity pain score of zero, while the minimal score found in PRP group was found in one patient with 10.5. CONCLUSION: In patients with high-risk proliferative diabetic retinopathy who needed retreatment for persistent new vessels, there was more comfort for the patient when retreatment

  8. Health-related quality of life, visual function and treatment satisfaction following intravitreal dexamethasone implant for diabetic macular edema

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    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Jayashree Ramu,1 Irini Chatziralli,1 Yit Yang,2 Geeta Menon,3 Clare Bailey,4 Michael Eckstein,5 Phil Hykin,1 Sobha Sivaprasad1 On behalf of the OZDRY Study Group 1NIHR Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre, London, 2The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, Wolverhampton, 3Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey, 4Bristol Eye Hospital, Bristol, 5Brighton and Sussex University Hospital, Brighton, UK Purpose: The aim of this study was to explore and describe quantitatively patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs, ie, health-related quality of life (QoL, visual function and treatment satisfaction, in patients with diabetic macular edema (DME receiving two different regimens of Ozurdex (intravitreal dexamethasone implant. Methods: In this multicenter, prospective study, 100 patients with center-involving refractory DME were randomized 1:1 to either five monthly fixed dosing or optical coherence tomography (OCT-guided pro re nata (PRN regimen of dexamethasone intravitreal implant therapy. The primary outcome was the difference between arms in change in PROMs and health-related QoL from baseline to 12 months, as measured by the Retinopathy-Dependent Quality of Life (RetDQoL questionnaire, Visual Function Questionnaire-25 (VFQ-25 and Retinopathy Treatment Satisfaction Questionnaire (RetTSQ. Results: There was no statistically significant difference in the RetDQoL score and VFQ-25 score at month 12 compared to those at baseline, whereas the total mean RetTSQ score increased significantly at the exit visit. The two treatment arms did not differ significantly regarding the change in PROMs and health-related QoL questionnaires. Logistic regression analysis showed that visual acuity (VA of ≥55 letters, central foveal thickness <300 µm and macular volume <9.2 mm3 at the exit visit (month 12 predicted a higher change in RetTSQ. Conclusion: This study showed that there is a statistically significant improvement in treatment satisfaction, as

  9. [Surgery in posterior luxated lens fragments through intravitreal phacofragmentation].

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    Branisteanu, D; Moraru, Andreea

    2013-01-01

    To assess the intra and postoperative difficulties, the anatomical and functional results after intravitreal phacoemulsification during pars plana vitrectomy for retained intraocular lens fragments. Retrospective, non-comparative case series of 48 eyes who underwent vitrectomy for posterior dislocated lens fragments during phacoemulsification between January 2000 and January 2010. In 11 cases the vitrectomy was performed immediately, within 24 hours, and in 37 cases it was delayed 2 to 10 days after cataract surgery. During pars plana vitrectomy the lens fragments were separated of vitreous strings and then phacoemulsification was performed into the center of vitreous cavity. All cases were performed under local anesthesia by the same surgeon. During vitrectomy PFCL was used in 5 cases to protect central retina. Cases were followed-up at least 6 months. Statistical analysis was performed using Wilcoxon and chi square tests. Mean age in the study group was 65.38% 9.49 years (ranging 52-82 years). The mean visual acuity improved from 0.12% 0.07 (0.04-0.3) preoperatively to 0.3% 0.2 (0.05-0.6) postoperatively (p < 0.01). Mean intraocular pressure decreased postoperatively from 26.24% 9.3 mmHg (16-48 mmHg) to 15.95% 3.69 mmHg(12-24 mmHg) (p < 0.01). In all cases corneal edema and intraocular inflammation ceased after vitrectomy. In those 11 cases operated immediately the intravitreal phacoemulsification time was longer, as well as greater number of intraoperative complication (corneal edema, corneal leakage). In 4 out of these 11 cases (36.36%) severe postoperative retinal complications were noticed (2 cases of retinal detachment, 1 case of choroidal detachment and 1 case of choroidal hematoma). In the delayed group the only postoperative complication was cystoid macular edema in 9 out of 37 cases (24.32%). Removal of retained intraocular lens fragments suspended the intraocular inflammation and normalized intraocular pressure in all cases. Our results are in favor of

  10. Intravitreal low molecular weight heparin in PVR surgery.

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    Kumar Atul

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy of low molecular weight heparin (LMWH in prevention of postoperative fibrin formation following vitreoretinal surgery with proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR. Material and Methods: Thirty consecutive patients of retinal detachment with advanced PVR were enrolled in the study. They were randomised to study and control groups (n = 15 each. Study group patients received vitreoretinal surgery with 5 IU/cc of LMWH in vitrectomy infusion fluid. The control group patients received vitroretinal surgery without heparin in the infusion fluid. Patients were followed up at 1 week, 1 month and 3 months after surgery. Postoperative bleeding, media clarity, best-corrected visual acuity and success of the surgery at the end of 3 months were compared between the two groups. Results: At each follow-up visit, the study group showed a better media clarity, which was statistically significant ( P = 0.0042. The study group had a 50% better chance of retinal reattachment compared to the control group. Five patients had intraoperative bleeding in the study group (33% compared to 3 patients in the control group (20%. Conclusion: Use of intravitreal LMWH prevents postoperative fibrin formation and is beneficial in repair of retinal detachments with PVR.

  11. Aqueous Chlorhexidine for Intravitreal Injection Antisepsis: A Case Series and Review of the Literature.

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    Merani, Rohan; McPherson, Zachary E; Luckie, Alan P; Gilhotra, Jagjit S; Runciman, Jim; Durkin, Shane; Muecke, James; Donaldson, Mark; Aralar, Albert; Rao, Anupam; Davies, Peter E

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    To determine the incidence of endophthalmitis in a large clinical series using aqueous chlorhexidine for antisepsis before intravitreal injection and to review the ophthalmic literature regarding chlorhexidine efficacy and safety. Multicenter retrospective case series. All patients receiving intravitreal injections from 7 retinal specialists. An audit of intravitreal injections performed by retinal specialists who exclusively used aqueous chlorhexidine 0.05% or 0.1% for prophylaxis of infective endophthalmitis was undertaken. The incidence of endophthalmitis was determined from August 1, 2011, to February 28, 2015. A literature review was performed to critically appraise the ocular safety and efficacy of aqueous chlorhexidine. Incidence of endophthalmitis after intravitreal injections. A total of 40 535 intravitreal injections were performed by 7 retinal specialists across 3 centers. Chlorhexidine was well tolerated, and only 1 patient with a suspected allergic reaction was noted. Three cases of endophthalmitis were identified with 1 culture-positive case. The 0.0074% (1 in 13 512) per-injection rate of endophthalmitis in this series compares favorably with previous series in which povidone-iodine has been used. Aqueous chlorhexidine was associated with a low rate of postinjection endophthalmitis and was well tolerated by patients. Copyright © 2016 American Academy of Ophthalmology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Fusarium Endophthalmitis following Cataract Surgery: Successful Treatment with Intravitreal and Systemic Voriconazole

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    Paulo A. Alves da Costa Pertuiset

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To report a case of postoperative endophthalmitis caused by Fusarium species successfully treated with intravitreal and systemic voriconazole after treatment failure with amphotericin B. Methods. Clinical case report of a 60-year-old immunocompetent woman who presents with endophthalmitis of unknown origin 4 weeks after uneventful cataract extraction and IOL implantation surgery. IOL explantation, vitrectomy with capsular bag removal, vitreous aspiration for culture, and intravitreal injection of amphotericin B (5 μg/0.1 mL were performed. Diagnosis was established by culturing the vitreous aspirate on a Sabouraud agar medium and staining with lactophenol blue solution. Five days later, there was no clinical response. The decision was made to administer a single dose of intravitreal voriconazole (2.5 μg/0.1 mL and oral voriconazole (200 mg BID for 30 days. Results. Fusarium sp. grew on culture. Treatment with local and systemic voriconazole was started after no improvement with vitrectomy, IOL explantation, and intravitreal amphotericin B. After 1 month of treatment, the infection resolved and best-corrected visual acuity was 20/25. Conclusion. In patients with endophthalmitis caused by Fusarium sp., topical and systemic voriconazole treatment should be considered in cases resistant to intravitreal amphotericin B.

  13. Comparison of efficiency of intravitreal ceftazidime and intravitreal cefepime in the treatment of experimental Pseudomonas aeruginosa endophthalmitis

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    Nurettin Deniz

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    Full Text Available In this study, we evaluated the efficiency of cefepime in the treatment of experimental Pseudomonas aeruginosa endophthalmitis. We compared the findings with the standard dose of ceftazidime (1 mg/0.1 ml. Thirty-six New-Zealand White rabbits were divided into 6 equal groups and were treated with different methods (Group 1 = sham, Group 2 = 0.5 mg/0.1 ml cefepime, Group 3 = 1 mg/0.1 ml cefepime, Group 4 = 2 mg/0.1 ml cefepime, Group 5 = 1 mg/0.1 ml ceftazidime, Group 6 = control. The eyes of rabbits in each group were examined clinically on 1 st , 3 rd , and 6 th day of the experiment. At 6 th day, 0.1 ml vitreous humor aspirates were obtained and plated for quantification on the blood agar and the results were expressed as colony-forming unit/ml. Subsequently, the eyeballs were enucleated and the histopathological evaluation was performed. Our findings denoted beneficial effects of cefepime in treatment groups (especially, in Groups 3 and 4. Intravitreal cefepime may be an alternative drug in the treatment of P. aeruginosa endophthalmitis.

  14. INTRAVITREAL AFLIBERCEPT IN THE TREATMENT OF POLYPOIDAL CHOROIDAL VASCULOPATHY ASSOCIATED WITH MORNING GLORY SYNDROME.

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    Iovino, Claudio; Fossarello, Maurizio; Peiretti, Enrico

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    To describe an unusual case of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy secondary to morning glory syndrome successfully treated with three aflibercept intravitreal injections. Case report. A 68-year-old white man presented with a 2-month history of diminished vision of his left eye. Fundus examination showed a morning glory syndrome disk anomaly with some perimacular subretinal hemorrhages and lipid depositions. Fundus autofluorescence, fluorescein and green indocyanine angiography, spectral domain optical coherence tomography, and optical coherence tomography angiography were performed and confirmed the presence of a juxtapapillary polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy with intraretinal and subretinal fluid. Patient underwent 3 monthly intravitreal injections of aflibercept and at 4-month follow-up visit, multimodal imaging findings did not show any kind of neovascular lesion activity. Polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy can occur in morning glory syndrome and it can be successfully treated with anti-vascular endothelial growth factor intravitreal injections of aflibercept.

  15. Optical coherence tomography and vessel diameter changes after intravitreal bevacizumab in diabetic macular oedema

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    Soliman, W.; Vinten, M.; Sander, B.

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: To assess the effect of intravitreal bevacizumab on diabetic macular oedema (DMO) and retinal vessel calibres. Methods: We performed a consecutive case series study in which 10 consecutive eyes with diffuse DMO, two of which had not previously been treated, received an intravitreal...... injection of bevacizumab 1 mg, which was followed by two more injections at 6-week intervals. Fundus photography and optical coherence tomography (OCT) were carried out at baseline immediately before injection and at 1, 2.5 and 4 months after the first injection. Outcome measures were best corrected visual...... acuity (BCVA) in Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study letters, macular volume, foveal subfield thickness and vessel diameter measurement. Results: Intravitreal administration of bevacizumab was followed by a mean increase in BCVA of 7.3 +/- 17 (mean +/- standard deviation) letters between baseline...

  16. The efficacy of intravitreal antivascular endothelial growth factor as primary treatment of retinopathy of prematurity: Experience from a tertiary hospital

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    H Kana

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Background. Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP is a vasoproliferative disease affecting premature babies and a major cause of blindness in childhood. Appropriate screening and treatment can prevent blindness. Objective. To report on the efficacy of using antivascular endothelial growth factor (bevacizumab as first-line therapy in ROP. Methods. This was a retrospective analysis of patients with ROP treated at St John Eye Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa, over a 3-year period. Outcome measures were the clinical response to intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB as well as the economic impact of IVB therapy. Results. Twenty-three patients were treated for active ROP or type 1 disease, in 44 eyes. Two patients required treatment in one eye only. The mean birth weight of these patients was 1 074 g (range 810 - 1 480. Response to treatment outcome was available for 22 patients (43 eyes. The mean follow-up period was 9 months (range 1 - 18. Forty-one eyes (95.3% showed complete regression or non-progression of the disease. Two eyes (one eye each in two patients progressed to advanced disease. There were no short-term adverse events. A cost-effective model showed that IVB treatment was much more economical than laser therapy. Conclusion. IVB is a safe and effective first-line treatment for ROP and should be considered in resource-limited centres.

  17. Effects of Intravitreal Ranibizumab in the Treatment of Retinopathy of Prematurity in Chinese Infants.

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    Yi, Zuohuizi; Su, Yu; Zhou, Yunyun; Zheng, Hongmei; Ye, Meihong; Xu, Yonghong; Chen, Changzheng

    2016-08-01

    To evaluate the efficacy associated with intravitreal ranibizumab in the treatment of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). A retrospective case series study. Infants diagnosed with Type 1 ROP, or aggressive posterior ROP (AP-ROP) were enrolled in the study. All infants in the study received intravitreal ranibizumab (0.25 mg/0.025 ml) as the initial treatment. Follow-up examinations were performed the day after treatment, then weekly for 1 month, bi-monthly for two additional months, then monthly until vascularization of zone III occurred. Additional treatments were initiated in cases of disease recurrence. Thirty-three premature infants (a total of 66 eyes) receiving intravitreal ranibizumab were included. The mean birth weight was 1291 ± 211 g (range: 650-1650 g) and the mean gestational age was 29.8 ± 1.6 weeks (range: 27.0-33.6 weeks). The mean gestational age at the time of the first injection was 35.8 ± 1.6 weeks (range: 32.7-38.4 weeks). The mean follow-up time was 12.9 ± 4.9 months (range: 6-22 months). Single injections were administered to 58 eyes (87.9%), whereas eight eyes (12.1%) received additional treatments. Recurrence was observed in eight eyes (12.1%), with a mean time to recurrence of 6.9 ± 1.8 weeks (range: 4-8 weeks). Intravitreal ranibizumab is effective for the treatment of retinopathy of prematurity, although a small amount of patients recurred. Compared with intravitreal bevacizumab, a higher incidence and shorter time to recurrence were observed after intravitreal ranibizumab treatment, thus longer and more frequent follow-ups are needed.

  18. [The results of intravitreal bevacizumab in subretinal neovascularisation in angioid streaks].

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    Brănişteanu, D; Moraru, Andreea

    2014-01-01

    To assess the anatomical and functional results after intravitreal bevacizumab administration in choroidal neovascularization (CNV) due to angioid streaks; To assess the safety and results stability; Prospective, nonrandomized, interventional case study on choroidal neovascularization due to angioid streaks treated with intravitreal bevacizumab (AVASTIN). Intravitreal injection was repeated, if needed, at 4-6 weeks until leakage stopped. In all cases fluorescein angiograms and Spectral 3D OCTs were performed. Visual acuity was measured with ETDRS optotype. Cases were followed-up at least 6 months. Statistical analysis was performed using ANOVA and Wilcoxon tests. 8 cases with CNV associated to angioid streaks were evaluated between January 2007 and January 2013. Mean age of patients in the study was 52,36 +/- 4,33 years (ranging 42-64 years). The mean number of intravitreal injections was 4.64 +/- 0,42 (ranging between 3-8 injections). Mean visual acuity improved significantly in all cases after 3 intravitreal injections with a gain of more than 15 letters in 6 out of 8 cases (75%). OCT confirmed reduced depth of lesion and also a reduced lesion volume after treatment. No major local or systemic side-effects were noted. At 6 months follow-up the CNV reoccurred in 5 out of 8 cases (62.5%) requiring additional treatment. 3 out of 8 cases finally lost more than 5 letters due to subretinal fibrosis. These results confirm the efficacy and safety of intravitreal bevacizumab in controlling the CNV due to angioid streaks. High recurrence rate and quick lesion progression to subretinal fibrosis might be responsible for long-term poor functional results in this type of CNVs. More cases are needed for validation.

  19. Choroidal thickness after intravitreal ranibizumab injections for choroidal neovascularization

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    Ellabban AA

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    Full Text Available Abdallah A Ellabban, Akitaka Tsujikawa, Ken Ogino, Sotaro Ooto, Kenji Yamashiro, Akio Oishi, Nagahisa YoshimuraDepartment of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto, JapanPurpose: To study changes in choroidal thickness with ranibizumab treatment for choroidal neovascularization (CNV.Design: Prospective case series.Methods: This prospective study consisted of 60 CNV-affected eyes of 60 patients treated with intravitreal injections of ranibizumab using an on-demand protocol after an initial loading phase. The eyes studied included 20 with age-related macular degeneration (AMD, 20 with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV, and 20 with myopic CNV. In the eyes with AMD and PCV, choroidal thickness at the fovea was measured with optical coherence tomography using enhanced depth imaging. In eyes with myopic CNV, the choroidal thickness was measured using standard optical coherence tomography without the enhanced depth imaging technique.Results: With ranibizumab treatment, central retinal thickness decreased significantly (P < 0.001 and visual acuity improved significantly (P < 0.001. However, central choroidal thickness (167.2 ± 108.3 µm showed no significant change at 1 month after the loading phase (165.2 ± 107.8 µm, P = 0.120 or at final examination (164.8 ± 107.7 µm, P = 0.115. At baseline, central retinal thickness in eyes with AMD was significantly greater that those with PCV (P = 0.005 or high myopia (P = 0.029. However, central choroidal thickness in eyes with myopic CNV was significantly thinner than in eyes with AMD (P < 0.001 or PCV (P < 0.001. In each type of disease, there was no significant change in central choroidal thickness with ranibizumab treatment.Conclusion: The effect of ranibizumab on the choroidal thickness is minimal, if any.Keywords: choroidal thickness, ranibizumab, optical coherence tomography

  20. Efficacy of intravitreal dexamethasone implant for prostaglandin-induced refractory pseudophakic cystoid macular edema: case report and review of the literature

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    Full Text Available Matteo Sacchi, Edoardo Villani, Francesca Gilardoni, Paolo Nucci University Eye Clinic, San Giuseppe Hospital, University of Milan, Milan, Italy Background: Macular edema is a known complication even after uneventful cataract surgery. The chronic use of prostaglandin analogs is a risk factor for the development of pseudophakic cystoid macular edema (CME. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs are considered first-line therapy but refractory postsurgical CME represents a therapeutic challenge, as there is not an evidence-based treatment.Objective: To report the use of a single implant of intravitreal dexamethasone for tafluprost-associated pseudophakic CME refractory to NSAIDs and to sub-Tenon’s corticosteroid injections.Case report: A 64-year-old female with ocular hypertension treated with tafluprost experienced decreased vision (visual acuity 20/60 and metamorphopsia 2 months after uneventful cataract extraction. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT revealed CME. After 1 month of topical and oral NSAIDs, CME was still evident on SD-OCT (visual acuity 20/50. Two sub-Tenon’s betamethasone injections were performed at a 2-week interval. As CME was still present, 2 months after the diagnosis of CME (visual acuity 20/40, the patient underwent a single dexamethasone intravitreal implant. One month later, macular appearance was normal, and visual acuity increased to 20/30. This result was maintained throughout the 6 months of follow-up.Conclusion: In this report, a single implant of intravitreal dexamethasone successfully treated pseudophakic CME associated with the use of prostaglandin analogs unresponsive to NSAIDs and sub-Tenon’s betamethasone. The results of this report need to be corroborated by powered, prospective, randomized trials. The need for repeated treatments as well as the retreatment interval in patients requiring more than a single injection are issues still needing further investigations. Keywords

  1. Research progress of the diagnosis and treatment for retinal vein occlusion

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    Bin Wang

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Retinal vein occlusion( RVOis a common vascular disease of the retina and is one of the main reasons for blindness. In recent years,there have been some new understanding about the diagnosis and treatment of the disease,especially some new researches about treatment,for example,in the therapy of the intravitreal injection of triamcinolone acetonide and anti-VEGFs as well as dexamethasone implant(Ozurdex.This article will make a brief summarization of the progress about the diagnosis and treatment of RVO.

  2. Nanotechnology-based drug delivery treatments and specific targeting therapy for age-related macular degeneration

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    Tai-Chi Lin

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    Full Text Available Nanoparticles combined with cells, drugs, and specially designed genes provide improved therapeutic efficacy in studies and clinical setting, demonstrating a new era of treatment strategy, especially in retinal diseases. Nanotechnology-based drugs can provide an essential platform for sustaining, releasing and a specific targeting design to treat retinal diseases. Poly-lactic-co-glycolic acid is the most widely used biocompatible and biodegradable polymer approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Many studies have attempted to develop special devices for delivering small-molecule drugs, proteins, and other macromolecules consistently and slowly. In this article, we first review current progress in the treatment of age-related macular degeneration. Then, we discuss the function of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF and the pharmacological effects of anti-VEGF-A antibodies and soluble or modified VEGF receptors. Lastly, we summarize the combination of antiangiogenic therapy and nanomedicines, and review current potential targeting therapy in age-related macular degeneration.

  3. Intravitreal Ampicillin Sodium for Antibiotic-Resistant Endophthalmitis: Streptococcus uberis First Human Intraocular Infection Report

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    Raul Velez-Montoya

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To describe the clinical characteristics, diagnosis, and treatment with intravitreal ampicillin sodium of a postoperative endophthalmitis case due to Streptococcus uberis; an environmental pathogen commonly seen in mastitis cases of lactating cows. Methods. Case Report. A 52-year-old, Hispanic diabetic patient who suddenly developed severe pain and severe loss of vision, following vitrectomy. Results. The patient was diagnosed with postoperative endophthalmitis secondary to a highly resistant strain of Streptococcus uberis that did not respond to intravitreal antibiotics. He was treated with an air-fluid interchange, anterior chamber washout, intravitreal ampicillin sodium (5 mg/0.1 mL, and silicon oil tamponade (5000 ck. The eye was anatomically stabilized, though there was no functional recovery. Conclusion. Streptococcus uberis is an uncommon pathogen to the human eye, which has unique features that help the strain in developing resistance to antibiotics. While treatment with intravitreal ampicillin is feasible, there are still concerns about its possible toxicity.

  4. NO CASES OF ENDOPHTHALMITIS AFTER 20,293 INTRAVITREAL INJECTIONS IN AN OPERATING ROOM SETTING

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    Brynskov, Troels; Kemp, Henrik; Sørensen, Torben Lykke

    2013-01-01

    Intravitreal injection has become a common procedure worldwide. A rare, but sight threatening, complication is bacterial endophthalmitis that has a poor visual prognosis. To identify practices that minimize the risk of endophthalmitis, the setting of a Danish University hospital is described....

  5. [Clinical observation on treating diabetic macular edema with intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide and laser].

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    Wang, Yongbo; Shi, Anna; Shi, Xun; Liu, Weifeng

    2010-08-01

    To evaluate the effect of intravitreal injection of triamcinolone acetonide(IVTA) combining with retinal laser treating for diabetic macular edema(DME). Twenty five patients(32 eyes) with DME who has microangioma in macula lutea were randomly divided into group A, B,C and D(8 eyes each group). Eyes in group A were treated with laser photocoagulation. Eyes in group B were treated with multiplier-532 laser photocoagulation and transpupillary thermotherapy. Eyes in group C were treated with multiplier-532 laser photocoagulation and intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide. Eyes in group D were treated with multiplier-532 laser, transpupillary thermotherapy plus triamcinolone acetonide injection. Intravitreal injection of 4 mg triamcinolone acetonide was done 1 week after laser photocoagulation in group C and D. The visual acuity, intraocular pressure, macular thickness (foveal thickness) of the eyes in 4 groups were observed before and 1, 3 and 6 months after treatment. The visual acuity, intraocular pressure and foveal thickness of the 4 groups before treatment showed no significant difference(p> ). The visual acuity, intraocular pressure, macular thickness of eyes in group A, B were better than those of group C, D at 1, 3 and 6 months after treatment, and they had significant difference(p0.05). The effect of laser photocoagulation and intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide, laser photocoagulation combining with transpupillary thermotherapy plus triamcinolone acetonide injectionvisual treating for DME was better than laser photocoagulation alone, laser photocoagulation combining with transpupillary thermotherapy.

  6. Microplasmin intravitreal administration in patients with vitreomacular traction scheduled for vitrectomy: the MIVI I trial

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    de Smet, Marc D.; Gandorfer, Arnd; Stalmans, Peter; Veckeneer, Marc; Feron, Eric; Pakola, Steve; Kampik, Anselm

    2009-01-01

    PURPOSE: To evaluate the safety and preliminary efficacy of 4 doses and several exposure times of intravitreal microplasmin given before pars plana vitrectomy for vitreomacular traction maculopathy. DESIGN: A multicenter, prospective, uncontrolled, dose-escalation, phase I/II clinical trial.

  7. Influence of dosage form on the intravitreal pharmacokinetics of diclofenac.

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    Durairaj, Chandrasekar; Kim, Stephen J; Edelhauser, Henry F; Shah, Jaymin C; Kompella, Uday B

    2009-10-01

    To prepare a suspension form of diclofenac and compare the influence of the injected form (suspension versus solution) on the intravitreal pharmacokinetics of diclofenac in Dutch belted pigmented rabbits. Diclofenac acid was prepared and characterized in a suspension formulation. Rabbit eyes were injected with either diclofenac sodium solution (0.3 mg) or diclofenac acid suspension (10 mg) prepared in 0.1 mL balanced salt solution. Rabbits were killed at regular time intervals, the eyes enucleated, and drug content quantified in the vitreous humor and retina-choroid tissue by high-performance liquid chromatography. Pharmacokinetic models were developed for both the dosage forms, and simulations were performed for different doses. Diclofenac acid with an approximate 5-mum particle size exhibited 3.5-fold lower solubility in vitreous humor, when compared with its sodium salt. The estimated settling velocity of the suspension in the vitreous humor was 3 cm/h. After diclofenac sodium salt solution injection, drug levels declined rapidly with no drug levels detectable after 24 hours in the vitreous humor and 4 hours in the RC. Throughout the assessed time course, drug levels were higher in the vitreous. However, sustained, high drug levels were observed in both the vitreous humor and the retina-choroid even on day 21 after diclofenac acid suspension injection, with retina-choroid drug levels being higher beginning at 0.25 hour. The elimination half-life of diclofenac suspension was 24 and 18 days in vitreous and retina-choroid, respectively, compared to 2.9 and 0.9 hours observed with diclofenac sodium. The pharmacokinetic models developed indicated a slow-release distribution or depot compartment for the diclofenac acid suspension in the posterior segment. Simulations indicated the inability of a 10-mg dose of diclofenac sodium solution to sustain drug levels in the vitreous beyond 11 days. By choosing a less soluble form of a drug such as diclofenac acid, vitreous

  8. Efficacy of systemic diclofenac sodium on intravitreal concentration.

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    Panahi, Yunes; Naderi, Mostafa; Jadidi, Khosrow; Hoseini, Hadise; Abrishami, Mojtaba

    2018-02-01

    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), as an alternative, are replacing corticosteroids in ocular inflammatory diseases. Diclofenac has been used mainly topically, and recent focus has been on intravitreal delivery. Both of these methods have been shown to have complications in long-term application. To assess the efficacy of slow release oral diclofenac sodium on intravitreal concentration in experimental model of chemically injured eyes. In an experimental double-masked clinical trial, right eyes of 24 albino rabbits were chemically injured by 1 N NaOH. One hour after chemical injury, 10 cc suspension gavage containing 100 mg slow release diclofenac sodium was administered in all cases. 2, 4, 6, 12, 24, 48 h after gavage, vitreous samples were obtained in all cases. Intravitreal concentration of diclofenac sodium was evaluated in all samples using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method. Intravitreal diclofenac levels by oral intake were enhanced by the inflammation in all the measurements. In inflamed eyes, diclofenac concentration was ten times more than control eye (2.658 ± 0.344 vs. 0.242 ± 0.0279 and 1.617 ± 0.527 vs. 0.148 ± 0.095; in 2 and 4 h, respectively). After 6 h, diclofenac concentration was statistically different, although it reduced below 1 μg/ml. Diclofenac is delivered to the inflamed eye more than healthy eye. It seems that by oral diclofenac consumption, it is possible to make a significant intravitreal concentration.

  9. Intravitreal bevacizumab in refractory neovascular glaucoma: a prospective, observational case series.

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    Kotecha, Aachal; Spratt, Alexander; Ogunbowale, Lola; dell'Omo, Roberto; Kulkarni, Avinash; Bunce, Catey; Franks, Wendy A

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    To examine the efficacy of intravitreal bevacizumab for pain relief in eyes with refractory neovascular glaucoma. In this prospective case series, 52 eyes with neovascular glaucoma were administered intravitreal bevacizumab, 1.25 mg, and monitored for 6 months. The primary outcome measure was change in subjective pain score. Intraocular pressure and iris neovascularization were evaluated at each visit. Surgical intervention for control of intraocular pressure was performed according to clinical need. Forty-two patients (44 eyes) completed the 6-month follow-up. Subjective pain score was reduced significantly 1 week after intravitreal bevacizumab injection and lasted throughout the follow-up period (median [interquartile range]: baseline, 3 [0-6]; week 1, 1 [0-3]; month 1, 0 [0-1]; month 3, 0 [0-1]; and month 6, 0 [0-0]; Kruskal-Wallis χ(2) 31.03; P < .001). A rapid, yet relatively transient, reduction in iris neovascularization was also noted (iris neovascularization grade at baseline, 4.0 [3-4]; week 1, 2.5 [1-4]; month 1, 2.0 [1-4]; month 3, 3.0 [2-4]; and month 6, 3.0 [2-4], χ(2) 23.33; P < .001). Four eyes (8%) required more than 1 injection to facilitate further intraocular surgery. Intravitreal bevacizumab is a useful adjunct in the management of refractory neovascular glaucoma, producing rapid relief of pain. However, we found no evidence to suggest that intravitreal bevacizumab lowers intraocular pressure in eyes with angle closure; conventional medical, laser, and surgical treatment are still needed in these eyes.

  10. Pathophysiology of Retinopathy of Prematurity

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    İmren Akkoyun

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP, an ocular disease characterized by onset of vascular abnormalities in the developing retina, is the major cause of visual impairment and blindness in premature neonates. ROP is a complex multifactorial disease that occurs with microvascular degeneration followed by neovascularization which passing through different stages can progress to retinal detachment. Currently used ablative therapies like cryocoagulation and laser photocoagulation for proliferative ROP have limitations, and patients can still have long-term complications despite a successful treatment. Based on the knowledge regarding ROP pathophysiology, new treatment modalities are being developed. First results of intravitreal anti-VEGF therapy using bevacizumab are promising. Furthermore, besides intravitreal anti-VEGF therapy, systemic therapy with mediators like insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1 and/or ω3-fatty acids outlines the pharmacological approach to treatment of ROP. One of the most destructive manifestations of ROP is preretinal neovascularization. As we continue to decipher the underlying pathophysiological cellular mechanisms governing proliferative retinopathy, fostering normal retinal revascularization will open new therapeutic possibilities. All efforts should be focused on developing preventive strategies for ROP in order to avoid the need for nondestructive therapy modalities. (Turk J Ophthalmol 2012; 42: Supplement 63-7

  11. Successful Treatment of Retinal Angiomatous Proliferation with Intravitreal Triamcinolone and Ranibizumab Injections in a 67-Year-Old Male

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    Adnaan Haq

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available A 67-year-old male who presented to the eye casualty department with deterioration in his vision was diagnosed with retinal angiomatous proliferation. After initial deterioration with ranibizumab intravitreal injections, we have demonstrated successful treatment and stabilised vision with ranibizumab and a single intravitreal triamcinolone injection. Stringent follow-up and top-up ranibizumab injections have stabilised his vision and have shown foveal improvement on optical coherence tomography imaging.

  12. Ocular silicon distribution and clearance following intravitreal injection of porous silicon microparticles

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    Nieto, Alejandra; Hou, Huiyuan; Sailor, Michael J.; Freeman, William R.; Cheng, Lingyun

    2013-01-01

    Porous silicon (pSi) microparticles have been investigated for intravitreal drug delivery and demonstrated good biocompatibility. With the appropriate surface chemistry, pSi can reside in vitreous for months or longer. However, ocular distribution and clearance pathway of its degradation product, silicic acid, are not well understood. In the current study, rabbit ocular tissue was collected at different time point following fresh pSi (day 1, 5, 9, 16, and 21) or oxidized pSi (day 3, 7, 14, 21, and 35) intravitreal injection. In addition, dual-probe simultaneous microdialysis of aqueous and vitreous humor was performed following a bolus intravitreal injection of 0.25 mL silicic acid (150 μg/mL) and six consecutive microdialysates were collected every 20 min. Silicon was quantified from the samples using inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy. The study showed that following the intravitreal injection of oxidized pSi, free silicon was consistently higher in the aqueous than in the retina (8.1 ± 6.5 vs. 3.4 ± 3.9 μg/mL, p = 0.0031). The area under the concentration-time curve (AUC) of the retina was only about 24% that of the aqueous. The mean residence time was 16 days for aqueous, 13 days for vitreous, 6 days for retina, and 18 days for plasma. Similarly, following intravitreal fresh pSi, free silicon was also found higher in aqueous than in retina (7 ± 4.7 vs. 3.4 ± 4.1 μg/mL, p = 0.014). The AUC for the retina was about 50% of the AUC for the aqueous. The microdialysis revealed the terminal half-life of free silicon in the aqueous was 30 min and 92 min in the vitreous; the AUC for aqueous accounted for 38% of the AUC for vitreous. Our studies indicate that aqueous humor is a significant pathway for silicon egress from the eye following intravitreal injection of pSi crystals. PMID:24036388

  13. Intravitreal administration of HA-1077, a ROCK inhibitor, improves retinal function in a mouse model of huntington disease.

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    Mei Li

    Full Text Available Huntington disease (HD is an inherited neurodegenerative disease that affects multiple brain regions. It is caused by an expanded polyglutamine tract in huntingtin (Htt. The development of therapies for HD and other neurodegenerative diseases has been hampered by multiple factors, including the lack of clear therapeutic targets, and the cost and complexity of testing lead compounds in vivo. The R6/2 HD mouse model is widely used for pre-clinical trials because of its progressive and robust neural dysfunction, which includes retinal degeneration. Profilin-1 is a Htt binding protein that inhibits Htt aggregation. Its binding to Htt is regulated by the rho-associated kinase (ROCK, which phosphorylates profilin at Ser-137. ROCK is thus a therapeutic target in HD. The ROCK inhibitor Y-27632 reduces Htt toxicity in fly and mouse models. Here we characterized the progressive retinopathy of R6/2 mice between 6-19 weeks of age to determine an optimal treatment window. We then tested a clinically approved ROCK inhibitor, HA-1077, administered intravitreally via liposome-mediated drug delivery. HA-1077 increased photopic and flicker ERG response amplitudes in R6/2 mice, but not in wild-type littermate controls. By targeting ROCK with a new inhibitor, and testing its effects in a novel in vivo model, these results validate the in vivo efficacy of a therapeutic candidate, and establish the feasibility of using the retina as a readout for CNS function in models of neurodegenerative disease.

  14. Uso de la triamcinolona subtenoniana en pacientes con rubeosis del iris Use of intravitreal triamcinolone in patients with iris rubeosis

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    Irene Rojas Rondón

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    disease in 76% of patients, followed by central retinal vein occlusion. Of the total number of treated patients, 37,5 % had satisfactory recovery in terms of the iris rubeosis condition. The number of patients that improved rubeosis condition after a combined therapy of laser and intravitreal triamcinolone was higher but not statistically significant. Rubeosis condition improved in over 50 % of patients whose rubeosis had developed in less than six months. However, in those patients with the disease affecting them for more than 6 months and third grade iris neovascularization, neovascular glaucoma could be stabilized. CONCLUSION: Intravitreal triamcinolone is an alternative for the management of this type of patients.

  15. Intravitreal Bevacizumab Alone or Combined with Macular Laser Photocoagulation for Recurrent or Persistent Macular Edema Secondary to Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion

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    Takafumi Hirashima

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    Full Text Available Background. To evaluate the efficacy of intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB injection with or without macular laser photocoagulation (MLP for recurrent or persistent macular edema (ME secondary to branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO. Methods. Thirty-four eyes underwent IVB injection for ME secondary to BRVO as a primary treatment. Twenty of the 34 eyes experienced recurrent or persistent ME after the first IVB. Nine of the 20 eyes (Group 1 were retreated with IVB combined with MLP. The remaining 11 eyes (Group 2 were retreated with IVB alone. Results. In Group 1, the postoperative best corrected visual acuity (BCVA improved compared with the preoperative value at all follow-up visits, although no statistically significant improvement was observed at 6 months. In contrast, BCVA significantly improved from 0.53 to 0.40 at 6 months (P<0.05 in Group 2. Conclusion. Combined therapy tended to have a smaller effect on visual acuity compared with IVB monotherapy.

  16. Intravenous Drug Use-Associated Scopulariopsis Endophthalmitis Treated with Systemic and Intravitreal Voriconazole

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    Joseph J. Raevis

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    Full Text Available Purpose: To report a case of intravenous (i.v. heroin use-associated endogenous endophthalmitis caused by Scopulariopsis fungal species, and its response to intravitreal and oral voriconazole treatments. Patient: A 21-year-old-female with chronic hepatitis C and i.v. heroin use presented with subacute decreased vision to hand motion in her left eye. Results: Endogenous fungal endophthalmitis caused by Scopulariopsis was confirmed by vitreous biopsy. The patient improved clinically after vitrectomy with intravitreal voriconazole and 3 weeks of oral voriconazole. The final vision was 20/60 after 6 months. Conclusions: Scopulariopsis is a rare cause of endophthalmitis, and is often difficult to treat due to its resistance to commonly used antifungals. This case is the first report of Scopulariopsis endophthalmitis secondary to i.v. drug use.

  17. Patients' experiences of nursing actions during intravitreal treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration

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    Rönn Emsfors, Åsa; Elgán, Carina

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    Purpose: The aim was to identify and describe nursing actions performed by nursing staff in which patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) experience good nursing care. Method: An explorative and descriptive qualitative design based on the Critical incident technique (CIT) was used. A strategic sample of 16 patients, aged 61-87 years (eleven women and five men) with wet AMD who received intravitreal treatment were interviewed. Results: Two main areas of good nursing care was i...

  18. Pharmacokinetics of bevacizumab after topical and intravitreal administration in human eyes

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    Moisseiev, Elad; Waisbourd, Michael; Ben-Artsi, Elad; Levinger, Eliya; Barak, Adiel; Daniels, Tad; Csaky, Karl; Loewenstein, Anat; Barequet, Irina S.

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    Background Topical bevacizumab is a potential treatment modality for corneal neovascularization, and several recent studies have demonstrated its efficacy. No previous study of the pharmacokinetics of topical bevacizumab has been performed in human eyes. The purpose of this study is to investigate the pharmacokinetics of topical administration of bevacizumab in human eyes, and also to compare the pharmacokinetics of intravitreal bevacizumab injections with previously reported data. Methods Tw...

  19. Survey: technique of performing intravitreal injection among members of the Brazilian Retina and Vitreous Society (SBRV

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    Helio F. Shiroma

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    Full Text Available Purpose: To evaluate and describe the precautions involved in the technique of intravitreal injection of antiangiogenic drugs adopted by the ophthalmologists who are members of the Brazilian Society of Retina and Vitreous (SBRV. Methods: A questionnaire containing 22 questions related to precautions taken before, during, and after intravitreal injection was sent electronically to 920 members of SBRV between November 15, 2013 and April 31, 2014. Results: 352 responses (38% were obtained. There was a predominance of men (76% from the southwest region of Brazil (51%. The professional experience varied between 6 and 15 years after medical specialization (50%. Most professionals (76% performed an average of 1 to 10 intravitreal injections a week, and 88% of the procedures were performed in the operating room using povidone iodine (99%, sterile gloves, and blepharostat (94%. For inducing topical anesthesia, usage of anesthetic eye drops was the most used technique (65%. Ranibizumab (Lucentis® was the most common drug (55%, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD was the most treated disease (57%. Regarding the complications treated, 6% of the ophthalmologists had treated at least one case of retinal detachment, 20% had treated cases of endophthalmitis, 9% had treated cases of vitreous hemorrhage, and 12% had encountered cases of crystalline lens touch. Conclusion: Intravitreal injection is a procedure routinely performed by retina specialists and has a low incidence of complications. Performing the procedure in the operating room using an aseptic technique was preferred by most of the respondents. Ranibizumab was the most used drug, and AMD was the most treated disease.

  20. Efficacy of intravitreal ranibizumab injection combined with macular grid photocoagulation for diabetic macular edema

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    Hu-Lin Jiang

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available AIM:To evaluate the clinical efficacy of intravitreal injection of ranibizumab combined with macular grid photocoagulation for diabetic macular edema(DME.METHODS:Totally 60 eyes(60 patientswith DME were randomly divided into 2 groups: 30 eyes of simple injection group underwent intravitreal injection of ranibizumab, and 30 eyes of combined treatment group underwent intravitreal injection of ranibizumab and macular grid photocoagulation 1wk later. The best corrected visual acuity(BCVA, central macular thickness(CMTmeasured by optical coherence tomography(OCTand postoperative complications were observed.RESULTS:In simple injection group, the BCVA after operation were separately 0.390±0.075(4wk, 0.367±0.088(8wkand 0.319±0.064(12wk,the CMT after operation were separately 221.63±112.34μm(4wk, 337.73±99.56μm(8wkand 432.92±100.46μm(12wk, which were much better than pre-operation. But during follow-up, the BCVA presented down trend and the CMT was on the rise slowly. In combined treatment group, the BCVA after operation were separately 0.385±0.036(4wk, 0.382±0.079(8wkand 0.377±0.097(12wk,the CMT after operation were separately 249.77±106.55μm(4wk, 270.40±92.88μm(8wkand 275.84±97.34μm(12wk, which were satisfactory and steady during follow-up, better than simple injection group(PCONCLUSION:Intravitreal injection of ranibizumab can effectively improve visual acuity and decrease central foveal thickness for patients with DME, combining with macular grid photocoagulation can ensure therapeutic effects steady and permanent.

  1. Intravitreal bevacizumab for macular edema due to branch retinal vein occlusion: 12-month results

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    Demir M; Oba E; Gulkilik G; Odabasi M; Ozdal E

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    Mehmet Demir, Ersin Oba, Gökhan Gulkilik, Mahmut Odabasi, Erhan OzdalSisli Etfal Training and Research Hospital, Eye Clinic, Sisli, Istanbul, TurkeyPurpose: To present the functional and anatomic changes after intravitreal bevacizumab in eyes with macular edema (ME) due to branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO).Design: The study was a retrospective study.Materials and methods: The study included 31 patients with ME due to BRVO. We compared the examination findings of patients with ME b...

  2. Short-term efficacy of intravitreal conbercept in treatment-naive patients with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy

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    Peng Y

    2018-02-01

    Full Text Available Yuting Peng, Xiongze Zhang, Miaoling Li, Bing Liu, Lan Mi, Chengguo Zuo, Feng Wen State Key Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China Introduction: To evaluate the functional and morphological outcomes of intravitreal conbercept monotherapy in patients with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV. Materials and methods: In this retrospective, observational case series study, we reviewed medical records of 48 eyes (48 patients with naive PCV that were treated with a series of 3 monthly intravitreal injections of 0.5 mg of conbercept followed by as-needed injections (3+pro re nata. All patients completed at least 6 months of monthly follow-up. Changes in the best-corrected visual acuity, optical coherence tomography, and indocyanine green angiography were retrospectively evaluated. Results: At 6 months, the mean best-corrected visual acuity significantly improved from 0.89±0.35 (20/160 in Snellen equivalent at baseline to 0.58±0.26 (Snellen equivalent of 20/80; P<0.001, and 60.42% (29/48 of eyes had an improvement of three lines of vision; the mean central retinal thickness significantly decreased from 333.56±171.04 µm at baseline to 187.65±54.46 µm (P<0.001, and 93.75% (45/48 achieved a dry macula. At 3 months, 6 of 32 eyes (18.75% showed partial regression of branching vascular network, 14 of 32 (43.75% patients showed complete resolution of polyps. The mean number of injections was 3.4±0.9 through 6 months. No conbercept-related systemic or ocular adverse effects were observed. Conclusion: Intravitreal injection of conbercept using “3+pro re nata” regimen significantly improved visual acuity and anatomical outcomes in treatment-naive patients with PCV. Keywords: conbercept, intravitreal injection, PCV, short-term efficacy, “3+PRN”

  3. Distribution of [35S] taurine in mouse retina after intravitreal and intravascular injection

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    Pourcho, R.G.

    1977-01-01

    The distribution of [ 35 S] taurine in mouse retinae was studied by autoradiographic techniques after either intravitreal or intravascular injection. The route of injection did not affect the final localization. The major sites of label accumulation were the outer nuclear layer, the inner nuclear layer, and Mueller cell processes adjacent to the vitreal surface. The distribution was consistent with the interpretation that taurine was localized within two cellular compartments of mouse retina, photoreceptor cells and Mueller cells. (author)

  4. Intravitreal bevacizumab (Avastin treatment of diffuse diabetic macular edema in an Indian population

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    Kumar Atul

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: To report the anatomic and visual acuity response after intravitreal bevacizumab (Avastin in patients with diffuse diabetic macular edema. Design: Prospective, interventional case series study. Materials and Methods: This study included 20 eyes of metabolically stable diabetes mellitus with diffuse diabetic macular edema with a mean age of 59 years who were treated with two intravitreal injections of bevacizumab 1.25 mg in 0.05 ml six weeks apart. Main outcome measures were 1 early treatment diabetic retinopathy study visual acuity, 2 central macular thickness by optical coherence tomography imaging. Each was evaluated at baseline and follow-up visits. Results: All the eyes had received some form of laser photocoagulation before (not less than six months ago, but all of these patients had persistent diffuse macular edema with no improvement in visual acuity. All the patients received two injections of bevacizumab at an interval of six weeks per eye. No adverse events were observed, including endophthalmitis, inflammation and increased intraocular pressure or thromboembolic events in any patient. The mean baseline acuity was 20/494 (log Mar=1.338±0.455 and the mean acuity at three months following the second intravitreal injection was 20/295 (log Mar=1.094±0.254, a difference that was highly significant ( P =0.008. The mean central macular thickness at baseline was 492 µm which decreased to 369 µm ( P =0.001 at the end of six months. Conclusions: Initial treatment results of patients with diffuse diabetic macular edema not responding to previous photocoagulation did not reveal any short-term safety concerns. Intravitreal bevacizumab resulted in a significant decrease in macular thickness and improvement in visual acuity at three months but the effect was somewhat blunted, though still statistically significant at the end of six months.

  5. Intravitreal Bevacizumab injection combined duplex technique in treatment of neovascular glaucoma

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    Zheng-Jun Hu

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To observe the clinical curative effect of intravitreal Bevacizumab injection combined duplex technique in treatment of neovascular glaucoma(NVG.METHODS:Totally 25 eyes of 25 patients with NVG who underwent intravitreal Bevacizumab injection of 1.0mg(0.05mL, after the regression of iris neovascularization, 5 eyes with anterior chamber paracentesis fluid auxiliary controlled intraocular pressure. After 2wk, patients were treated by trabeculectomy and phacomulsification(9 eyes were implanted intraocular lens. The changes and complications of intraocular pressure, visual acuity, corneas and neovessels were observed after surgery, and followed up 12mo.RESULTS:After injection Bevacizumab in 25 eyes, iris neovascularization of 20 eyes subsided in 3~5d, and 5 eyes subsided in 7d. After controlling intraocular pressure, count of the corneal endothelial cell were 1 629±226mm2, and none suffered decompensation of corneal endothelium after two-surgery of trabeculectomy and phacomulsification. After followed up 12mo, intraocular pressure of 20 eyes were controlled in normal range; 2 eyes could control in normal range after treated by a kind of anti-glaucoma medicine and 3 eyes was 34~38mmHg after treated by anti-glaucoma medicine. 9 eyes had improved vision after implanted intraocular lens.CONCLUSION:Intravitreal Bevacizumab injection can subside iris and anterior chamber angle neovascularization effectively in a short time and reduce intraocular pressure. It can also reduce the risk of bleeding during operation or after operation. Intravitreal Bevacizumab injection combined with two-surgery of trabeculectomy and phacomulsification can treat neovascular glaucoma effectively.

  6. Real-time measurement of needle forces and acute pressure changes during intravitreal injections.

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    Christensen, Logan; Cerda, Ashlee; Olson, Jeffrey L

    2017-11-01

    The purpose of this study was to use a physiological pressure transducer to measure real-time, continuous pressure changes in an ex vivo study model of porcine eyes to record the amount of force needed for scleral penetration and to measure acute intraocular pressure rise during intravitreal injections. A pressure transducer was inserted into the anterior chamber of 30 fresh porcine eyes, and intraocular pressure was measured 2 s prior to intravitreal injection until 2 s after. A force transducer plate was used to insert various gauge needles into the vitreous cavity and the amount of force in Newtons (N) required for scleral penetration was recorded. For scleral perforation, 32- and 30-gauge needles required 0.44 N and 0.45 N, significantly less than larger gauge needles (P time continuous recordings of pressure reveal that an instantaneous intraocular pressure spike occurs during intravitreal injection and appears to be separate from the intraocular pressure spike that occurs during needle insertion. This pressure spike is transient and has not been captured by previous methods of intraocular pressure measurement, which rely on single time point measurements. The clinical significance of this brief intraocular pressure spike is unclear and warrants further investigation. © 2017 Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.

  7. Cytotoxicity and genotoxicity of intravitreal adalimumab administration in rabbit retinal cells

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    Álcio Coutinho de Paula

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To assess the cytotoxicity and genotoxicity of intravitreal adalimumab treatment in an animal experimental model using cytological and molecular techniques. Methods: Eighteen rabbits were randomly assigned to three groups: control, adalimumab treatment, and placebo. Cytotoxicity on retinal cells was evaluated using flow cytometry assays to determine the level of apoptosis and necrosis. Genotoxicity was evaluated by comet assays to assess DNA damage, and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR was used to evaluate expression of apoptosis-inducing caspases (8 and 3. Results: No cytotoxicity or genotoxicity was observed in any of the two treatment groups (adalimumab and placebo following intravitreal administration compared with the control group. Flow cytometry analysis revealed that more than 90% of the cells were viable, and only a low proportion of retinal cells presented apoptotic (~10% or necrotic (<1% activity across all groups. Molecular damage was also low with a maximum of 6.4% DNA degradation observed in the comet assays. In addition, no increase in gene expression of apoptosis-inducing caspases was observed on retinal cells by qPCR in both the adalimumab and placebo groups compared with the control group. Conclusion: The use of adalimumab resulted in no detectable cytotoxicity or genotoxicity on retinal cells for up to 60 days upon administration. These results therefore indicate that adalimumab may be a safe option for intravitreal application to treat ocular inflammatory diseases in which TNF-α is involved.

  8. Treatment of CNV secondary to presumed ocular histoplasmosis with intravitreal aflibercept 2.0 mg injection.

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    Walia, Harpreet S; Shah, Gaurav K; Blinder, Kevin J

    2016-04-01

    To assess the efficacy and safety of intravitreal aflibercept injection in the treatment of CNV secondary to presumed ocular histoplasmosis syndrome (POHS). To assess safety of intravitreal aflibercept for the treatment of CNV secondary to presumed ocular histoplasmosis syndrome. Masked, open-label, prospective study. Five subjects will receive 2.0 mg aflibercept injection every 8 weeks with 3 initial monthly doses over a 12 month period. No adverse systemic or ocular were reported. At month six, the mean visual acuity improved by 7.8 ETDRS letters, mean central subfoveal thickness decreased by 38.8 microns and mean OCT volume decreased by 0.076 mm3 . At month twelve, the mean visual acuity improved by 12.4 ETDRS letters, mean central subfoveal thickness decreased by 34.6 microns and mean OCT volume decreased by 0.576 mm3. The use of intravitreal 2.0 mg aflibercept injection for the treatment of CNV secondary to presumed ocular histoplasmosis syndrome yielded no systemic or ocular adverse events and produced improvement in visual acuity and reduction of OCT thickness and volume. Copyright © 2016 Canadian Ophthalmological Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Predictive factors for functional improvement following intravitreal bevacizumab injections after central retinal vein occlusion.

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    Januschowski, Kai; Feltgen, Nicolas; Pielen, Amelie; Spitzer, Bernhard; Rehak, Matus; Spital, Georg; Dimopoulos, Spyridon; Meyer, Carsten H; Szurman, Gesine B

    2017-03-01

    Vision loss in central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) is mostly caused by macular edema (ME) and can be treated with intravitreal bevacizumab injections. The goal of this study was to identify predictive factors for improvement in visual acuity. Three hundred and sixteen eyes of six centres having received intravitreal bevacizumab for ME due to CRVO were enrolled in this multicentre, retrospective, interventional case series. The follow-up time was 24 to 48 weeks. Investigated patient characteristics were pretreatment, duration of CRVO prior to the first injection, initial best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), baseline central retinal thickness as measured by optical coherence tomography, gender, eye, age, comorbidity with glaucoma, systemic hypertension, or diabetes mellitus. Multiple regression analysis confirmed the following baseline predictive factors for an increase in visual acuity: low BCVA (p  0.1). Intravitreal injections of bevacizumab in a routine clinical setting effectively improved and stabilized BCVA in CRVO. Our large multicenter study identified initial BCVA, baseline CRT, and pre-treatment as prognostic factors for visual improvement.

  10. Intravitreal use of bone marrow mononuclear fraction containing CD34+ stem cells in patients with atrophic age-related macular degeneration

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    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Carina Costa Cotrim, Luiza Toscano, André Messias, Rodrigo Jorge, Rubens Camargo Siqueira Department of Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Ribeirao Preto School of Medicine, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil Purpose: To evaluate the therapeutic potential and safety of intravitreal injections of bone marrow mononuclear fraction (BMMF containing CD34+ cells in patients with atrophic age-related macular degeneration (AMD.Methods: Ten patients with atrophic AMD and best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA in the worse-seeing eye of ≤20/100 were enrolled in this study. The bone marrow from all patients was ­aspirated and processed for mononuclear cell separation. A 0.1 mL suspension of BMMF CD34+ cells was injected into the vitreous cavity of the worse-seeing eye. Patients were evaluated at Baseline and 1,3,6,9 and 12 months after injection. Ophthalmic evaluation included BCVA measurement, microperimetry, infrared imaging, fundus autofluorescence and SD-optical coherence tomography at all study visits. Fluorescein angiography was performed at Baseline and at 6 and 12 months after intravitreal therapy.Results: All patients completed the 6-month follow-up, and six completed the 12-month follow-up. Prior to the injection, mean BCVA was 1.18 logMAR (20/320-1, ranging from 20/125 to 20/640-2, and improved significantly at every follow-up visit, including the 12-month one, when BCVA was 1.0 logMAR (20/200 (P<0.05. Mean sensitivity threshold also improved significantly at 6, 9 and 12 months after treatment (P<0.05. Considering the area of atrophy identified by fundus autofluorescence, significant mean BCVA and mean sensitivity threshold improvement were observed in patients with the smallest areas of atrophy. Fluorescein angiography did not identify choroidal new vessels or tumor growth.Conclusion: The use of intravitreal BMMF injections in patients with AMD is safe and is associated with significant improvement in BCVA

  11. Treatment of experimental autoimmune uveoretinitis with intravitreal injection of infliximab encapsulated in liposomes.

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    Zhang, Rui; Qian, Jiang; Li, Xiaofeng; Yuan, Yifei

    2017-12-01

    To evaluate the safety and efficacy of intravitreal injection of liposomes encapsulating infliximab in experimental autoimmune uveoretinitis (EAU) rats. Liposomes containing infliximab were prepared and characterised for mean particle size, entrapment efficiency, polydispersity index (PDI) and zeta potential. In vitro release profile and the stability of infliximab-lip were evaluated. EAU rats were intravitreally injected with saline, infliximab, infliximab-lip or unloaded liposomes. Clinical signs and ocular histological sections were graded. Infliximab concentrations were determined with competitive ELISA. Safety of the intravitreal injections was evaluated by electroretinography (ERG) and histopathological examination. Retinal biodistribution and clearance of rhodamine-conjugated liposomes containing infliximab were evaluated with a laser scanning confocal microscope. The mean particle size of infliximab liposomes was 351.3±58 nm and entrapment efficiency was 90.65%±2.68%. PDI and zeta potential of infliximab liposomes were 0.386 and -20.8±9.78 mV, respectively. Stability test data showed that the infliximab-lip was stable for 60 days at room temperature. In EAU rats, intravitreal injection of infliximab and infliximab-lip greatly reduced intraocular inflammation determined by clinical scores and histopathological analyses (n=4). The mean concentrations of infliximab decreased quickly in infliximab injection group and were lower than those in infliximab-lip injection group (n=4 eyes, pinfliximab-lip in ERG (n=4 rats, p>0.05) and histopathological sections compared with normal rats. Confocal microscopy showed that fluorescent liposomes were observed in almost every layer of the retina and remained detectable for >30 days after injection. Intravitreal injection of liposomal infliximab can prolong the persistence of the drug in vitreous body and demonstrated a satisfactory safety and significant therapeutic potentials in EAU. The use of biodegradable

  12. Intravitreal Diclofenac plus Bevacizumab versus Bevacizumab alone in treatment-naive diabetic macular edema: a randomized double-blind clinical trial.

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    Ghanbari, Heshmatollah; Kianersi, Farzan; Sonbolestan, Seyed Ali; Abtahi, Mohammad-Ali; Akbari, Mojataba; Abtahi, Zahra-Alsadat; Abtahi, Seyed-Hossein

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    The aim of this study is to evaluate the short-term effects of a single intravitreal injection of 1.25 mg Bevacizumab combined with 300 lg/0.1 mL Diclofenac (IVB/D) versus 1.25 mg intravitreal Bevacizumab (IVB) alone in the treatment of naive diabetic macular edema (DME). In this prospective, randomized clinical trial, 80 eyes were included in the final analysis; 42 and 38 of which in the IVB and IVB/D groups, respectively. The primary outcome measure was a change in best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) in logMAR at week 4. The secondary outcomes included changes in central macular thickness (CMT), macular volume, and potential injection-related complications. Significant improvement of BCVA was demonstrated in both study arms (mean reductions in LogMAR: -0.088 ± 0.278, -0.228 ± 0.330 for IVB and IVB/D, respectively). The difference in BCVA changes was in favor of IVB/D; however, not to a statistically significant level (P = 0.160). Significant reduction of CMT was documented in both study arms (mean reductions: 82.43 ± 160.09 and 153.26 ± 163.85 for IVB and IVB + IVD, respectively). Comparison of CMT changes between groups showed that IVB/D reduced CMT more than that of IVB (P = 0.04). Effects on macular volume corresponded to those of CMT. No injection-related complications or significant alterations in intraocular pressure were observed in any of the study arms. In treatment-naive DME, superiority of IVB/D combination therapy over IVB monotherapy may exist; especially as regards anatomical features. In our therapeutic arsenal for DME, IVD can be added as an adjunct to Bevacizumab.

  13. Massive choroidal hemorrhage after intravitreal administration of bevacizumab (Avastin® for AMD followed by controlateral sympathetic ophthalmia

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    Dimitrios Brouzas

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Dimitrios Brouzas, Chryssanthi Koutsandrea, Marilita Moschos, Spiros Papadimitriou, Ioannis Ladas, Michael Apostolopoulos1st Eye Department , University of Athens, Athens, GreecePurpose: To report a severe ocular complication initiated ten days after intravitreal administration of bevacizumab (Avastin®, in a patient with exudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD.Patients and method: Case report.Results: Ten days after intravitreal injection of 1.25 mg Avastin®, the patient manifested acute loss of vision with excruciating pain. An extensive choroidal detachment was evident in close contact with the lens, which necessitated an emergency sclerotomy with reconstruction of the anterior chamber. Four months later, the eye proceeded to phthisis bulbi. Five months after the injection, the patient complained of mild pain, photophobia, and visual acuity deterioration from the fellow eye. The diagnosis of sympathetic ophthalmia was suggested and treated with intravitreal injections of triamcinolone acetonide every three months with good response, complicated by elevation of intraocular pressure which we managed with Ahmet valve implantation.Conclusion: Serious ocular complications after intravitreal of Avastin® can not be excluded, including massive choroidal hemorrhage and sympathetic ophthalmia of the fellow eye.Keywords: Avastin® complication, intravitreal injection, choroidal detachment, Phthisis bulbi, sympathetic ophthalmia

  14. Pneumatic displacement and intravitreal bevacizumab: A new approach for management of submacular hemorrhage in choroidal neovascular membrane

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    Chawla Shobhit

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Choroidal neovascular membrane (CNVM is one of the most common causes of submacular hemorrhage (SMH. Conventional treatment involves management of the SMH with pneumatic displacement with or without tissue plasminogen activator (TPA followed by intravitreal injection of bevacizumab in a second sitting. We decided to assess the efficacy of treating SMH secondary to CNVM with pneumatic displacement using sulphur hexafluoride (SF6 gas and intravitreal bevacizumab. Four patients with SMH secondary to CNVM were included in this study. Intravitreal bevacizumab, 0.05 ml, along with 0.5 ml of SF6 was injected through the pars plana into the vitreous cavity. Postoperative best corrected visual acuity improved in all eyes with complete or partial displacement of SMH out of the foveal area.

  15. Toxoplasma gondii: an atypical presentation of toxoplasma as optic disc swelling and hemispherical retinal vein occlusion treated with intravitreal clindamycin.

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    Wong, Roger; dell'Omo, Roberto; Marino, Michele; Hussein, Badrul; Okhravi, Narciss; Pavesio, Carlos E

    2009-06-01

    To present a case of toxoplasmosis with an atypical presentation and treated successfully with intravitreal clindamycin. A young Brazilian woman presented with panuveitis and disc swelling with associated hemispheric vascular occlusion in one eye. The presumed diagnosis was of a papillitis with vasculitis due to an unknown inflammatory condition. Following treatment with intravenous corticosteroids, macular star appeared 1 week after treatment. On the 2nd week, a focus of retinitis appeared, and the patient was started on antitoxoplasma treatment. This was poorly tolerated, and the patient was injected with intravitreal clindamycin. Inflammation eventually settled and an organized lesion typical of toxoplasma chorioretinitis was observed. We describe an unusual presentation and the detrimental effects of toxoplasmosis in an otherwise immunocompetent subject. As the patient was not tolerating systemic antitoxoplasma treatment, intravitreal injection was administered and proved to be effective and well tolerated.

  16. Contralateral eye-to-eye comparison of intravitreal ranibizumab and a sustained-release dexamethasone intravitreal implant in recalcitrant diabetic macular edema

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    Thomas BJ

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Benjamin J Thomas, Yoshihiro Yonekawa, Jeremy D Wolfe, Tarek S Hassan Department of Vitreoretinal Surgery, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI, USA Objective: To compare the effects of intravitreal ranibizumab (RZB or dexamethasone (DEX intravitreal implant in cases of recalcitrant diabetic macular edema (DME.Methods: Retrospective, interventional study examining patients with symmetric bilateral, center-involved DME recalcitrant to treatment with RZB, who received DEX in one eye while the contralateral eye continued to receive RZB every 4–5 weeks for a study period of 3 months.Results: Eleven patients (22 eyes were included: mean logarithm of the minimal angle of resolution (logMAR visual acuity (VA for the DEX arm improved from 0.415 (standard deviation [SD] ±0.16 to 0.261 (SD ±0.18 at final evaluation, and mean central macular thickness (CMT improved from 461 µm (SD ±156 to 356 µm (SD ±110; net decrease: 105 µm, P=0.01. Mean logMAR VA for the RZB arm improved from 0.394 (SD ±0.31 to 0.269 (SD ±0.19 at final evaluation. Mean CMT improved from 421 µm (SD ±147 to 373 µm (SD ±129; net decrease: 48 µm, P=0.26.Conclusion: A subset of recalcitrant DME patients demonstrated significant CMT reduction and VA improvement after a single DEX injection. Keywords: aflibercept, bevacizumab, central macular thickness, macular edema, dexamethasone implant, diabetic macular edema, diabetic retinopathy, ranibizumab

  17. Comparison of intravitreal bevacizumab with intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide for treatment of cystoid macular edema secondary to retinal vein occlusion: a Meta-analysis.

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    Sun, Yan; Qu, Yi

    2015-01-01

    To compare the effects of intravitreal injection of bevacizumab (IVB) with intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide (IVTA) on the treatment of cystoid macular edema (CME) secondary to retinal vein occlusion (RVO). A literature search was conducted using PubMed, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Web of Science and the Chinese Biomedical Database. The comparison was divided into two groups, group 1 conducted comparison in branch RVO (BRVO) or central RVO (CRVO), group 2 conducted comparison in ischemic-RVO or nonischemic-RVO. Pooled mean differences (MDs) for changes in visual acuity (VA), central macular thickness (CMT) and intraocular pressure (IOP) were calculated in groups at 4, 12 and 24wk after treatment respectively. Eight studies comparing the efficacy of IVB with IVTA were included in the Meta-analysis. In group 1, in BRVO, significant difference was shown on the comparison of CMT at 24wk (MD, -45.66; 95% CI, -76.03 to -15.28; P=0.003), IVB was effective on BRVO for at least 24wk; no significant differences were found in the comparison of VA at each time points (P>0.05 respectively). In CRVO, no significant differences were found in the comparison of VA or CMT between IVB and IVTA at each time points (P>0.05, respectively). In group 2, in ischemic-RVO, significant differences were shown in the comparison of VA (MD, -0.28; 95% CI, -0.42 to -0.14; Pcomparison of VA or CMT between IVB and IVTA at each time points (P>0.05, respectively). The occurrence of high IOP was much lower in IVB group. This Meta-analysis suggested that IVB was effective in decreasing CMT in BRVO for at least 24wk, IVB is more effective on improving VA and reducing CMT in ischemic-RVO. IVB is more promising on RVO than IVTA.

  18. Stereotactic radiotherapy for wet age-related macular degeneration: current perspectives

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    Neffendorf JE

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    Full Text Available James E Neffendorf, Timothy L Jackson Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine, King’s College London, London, United Kingdom Abstract: Neovascular age-related macular degeneration is a leading cause of blindness in the developed world. Currently, the treatment of choice is intravitreal injections of anti-VEGF medications. These require frequent dosing, up to monthly, and impose a substantial burden on patients and the health economy. Ionizing radiation was proposed as a possible treatment for age-related macular degeneration due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic properties. Stereotactic radiotherapy is an outpatient-based radiotherapy platform that provides stereotactic application of low energy X-ray to the retina in three highly collimated beams that cross the inferior sclera to overlap at the macula. A randomized, double-masked, sham-controlled trial of 230 patients (INTREPID showed that a single dose of stereotactic radiotherapy significantly reduces the number of intravitreal anti-VEGF injections needed over 2 years. A larger randomized controlled trial (STAR is underway. Keywords: wet age-related macular degeneration, radiation therapy, stereotactic radiotherapy, vascular endothelial growth factor

  19. Effect of intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide injection on central macular thickness in diabetic patients having phacoemulsification.

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    Ahmadabadi, Hooshang Faghihi; Mohammadi, Massood; Beheshtnejad, Hooshang; Mirshahi, Ahmad

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    To assess the effect of intraoperative intravitreal injection of triamcinolone acetonide on the central macular thickness, visual outcomes, and development of cystoid macular edema (CME) after phacoemulsification in diabetic patients. Farabi Eye Hospital, Tehran, Iran. In this prospective randomized controlled study, patients with diabetes were randomly assigned to a treatment group, which received an intravitreal injection of triamcinolone acetonide at the end of phacoemulsification, and a control group, which had routine phacoemulsification. Visual acuity, center-point thickness, central 1.0 mm subfield mean thickness, CME development, and diabetic retinopathy progression were compared between the 2 groups 1, 3, and 6 months postoperatively. The treatment group comprised 20 eyes and the control group, 21 eyes. There was no statistically significant difference between the 2 groups in the mean corrected distance visual acuity at any follow-up examination (P>.05). The mean change in center-point thickness and central 1.0 mm subfield mean thickness was statistically significantly lower in the treatment group than in the control group at all follow-up visits (P<.05). Four eyes in the control group and no eye in the treatment group developed CME (P = .059). Three eyes (15%) in the treatment group developed an intraocular pressure rise that was managed by topical medication. Intravitreal injection of triamcinolone reduced the amount of increase in center-point thickness and central 1.0 mm subfield mean thickness after phacoemulsification in eyes of diabetic patients. Although it also reduced the incidence of CME, it had no effect on visual acuity gain. (c) 2010 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Pharmacokinetics and tolerance study of intravitreal injection of dexamethasone-loaded nanoparticles in rabbits

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    Linhua Zhang

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    Full Text Available Linhua Zhang1, Yue Li2, Chao Zhang1, Yusheng Wang2, Cunxian Song11Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Peking Union Medical College and Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Tianjin, China; 2Department of Ophthalmology, Institute of Ophthalmology of Chinese PLA, Xijing Hospital, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi’an, ChinaAbstract: The aim of the study was to investigate the tolerance and pharmacokinetics of dexamethasone (DEX-loaded poly(lactic acid–co-glycolic acid nanoparticles (DEX-NPs in rabbits after intravitreal injection. The DEX-NPs were prepared and characterized in terms of morphology, particle size and size distribution, encapsulation efficiency, and in vitro release. Ophthalmic investigations were performed, including fundus observation and photography, intraocular pressure measurement, and B-scan ocular ultrasonography. There were no abnormalities up to 50 days after administration of DEX-NPs in rabbits. The DEX concentrations in plasma and the ocular tissues such as the cornea, aqueous humor, lens, iris, vitreous humor, and chorioretina were determined by high-pressure liquid chromatography. The DEX-NPs maintained a sustained release of DEX for about 50 days in vitreous and provided relatively constant DEX levels for more than 30 days with a mean concentration of 3.85 mg/L-1. Based on the areas under the curve, the bioavailability of DEX in the experimental group was significantly higher than that in the control group injected with regular DEX. These results suggest that intravitreal injection of DEX-NPs lead to a sustained release of DEX with a high bioavailability, providing a basis for a novel approach to the treatment of posterior segment diseases.Keywords: dexamethasone, nanoparticles, intravitreal injection, pharmacokinetics

  1. Effect of intravitreal bevacizumab on diabetic macular edema with hard exudates

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    Jeon, Sohee; Lee, Won Ki

    2014-01-01

    Background We evaluated the efficacy of intravitreal bevacizumab on diabetic macular edema with subfoveal and perifoveal hard exudates. Materials and methods Eleven eyes (11 patients) exhibiting diabetic macular edema with subfoveal and perifoveal hard exudates were included in this prospective, nonrandomized interventional pilot study. All patients were treated with monthly scheduled intravitreal bevacizumab injections for 6 months. Changes in the Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study best corrected visual acuity, amount of hard exudates on fundus photography, and macular edema detected by central subfield thickness on spectral domain optical coherence tomography after six serial injections, were assessed. The amount of hard exudates at each visit was evaluated as pixels in fundus photography, using an Adobe Photoshop program. Results Ten of 11 patients completed follow-up. The mean Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study best corrected visual acuity was 59.9±5.7 letters (Snellen equivalent, 20/63) at baseline evaluation. The best corrected visual acuity exhibited no significant difference at month 6 compared with at baseline (57.9±6.0 letters or 20/70 at month 6; P=0.085). At month 6, mean central subfield thickness decreased from 370.4±56.5 to 334.6±65.0 μm (P=0.009). The mean amount of hard exudates increased from 4467.1±2736.1 to 6592.4±2498.3 pixels at month 6 (P=0.022). No serious adverse events occurred. Conclusion Continuous intravitreal bevacizumab was found to have no benefit in visual acuity and amount of hard exudates, despite the improvement of macular edema at 6 months. PMID:25143708

  2. Results of Intravitreal Ranibizumab Treatment for Exudative Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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    Umut Karaca

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Pur po se: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of intravitreal ranibizumab injection for exudative age-related macular degeneration. Ma te ri al and Met hod: In this study, we included forty-eight eyes of 43 age-related macular degeneration patients followed for at least twelve months. Mean age was 73.65±8.93 years and mean follow-up time was 14.2 months. All patients received three consecutive monthly intravitreal ranibizumab injections and then were followed up with clinical examination and optic coherence tomography monthly. Re-injection was executed as needed. Re sults: Twenty patients were male (46.5% and twenty-three patients were female (53.5%. The average number of ranibizumab injection was 3.7 (3-7 per eye. Twenty-six lesions (54.2% were classic (predominantly and minimally and twenty-two (45.8% were occult. Mean best-corrected visual acuity was 46.8 letters with ETDRS chart at the initial examination and 55.5 letters at twelfth month. Mean central foveal thickness decreased from 320 microns to 269 microns. There was a statistically significant improvement in visual acuity and central foveal thickness. On the other hand, this improvement was not significant between lesion types. During follow-up, there were no systemic or serious ocular complications determined. Dis cus si on: Intravitreal ranibizumab injection is safe and effective, both anatomically and functionally, for age-related macular degeneration. (Turk J Ophthalmol 2012; 42: 25-9

  3. Real-world evidence of safety profile of intravitreal bevacizumab (Avastin) in an Indian scenario.

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    Jain, Prashant; Sheth, Jay; Anantharaman, Giridhar; Gopalakrishnan, Mahesh

    2017-07-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety profile of intravitreal bevacizumab (Avastin) as an off-label pharmacotherapeutic agent for various ocular conditions. Retrospective analysis was carried out on 3806 injections of 1761 patients that were administered with intravitreal bevacizumab injection at a tertiary eye care center in India. The injections were administered on a pro re nata basis for various indications such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic macular edema (DME), and retinal vein occlusion (RVO). The mean age of the patients was 61.8 ± 11.59 years. A total of 59.2% of the patients were men and 40.8% women. The most common indications for which the injection was administered were DME (27.5%), AMD (26%), and branch RVO (12.3%). Among the ocular side effects, endophthalmitis was seen in three eyes (0.08%), retinal breaks in none of the eyes whereas 35 eyes had a rise in intraocular pressure (IOP) >21 mmHg (0.9%). Preexisting glaucoma was present in four eyes while remaining 31 eyes did not have any history of glaucoma. IOP rise was significantly more in eyes with preexisting glaucoma as compared to nonglaucomatous eyes (P = 0.04). No systemic adverse events were noted in our study population. Our study provides real-world evidence regarding the safety profile of intravitreal bevacizumab (Avastin). These data suggest that bevacizumab is a safe and economical pharmacotherapeutic agent that can be administered for a variety of ocular disorders. Analyzing the safety of bevacizumab is necessary for a developing country like India as the majority of the population cannot afford the costly ranibizumab as compared to bevacizumab for ocular healthcare.

  4. Phacoemulsification with intravitreal bevacizumab injection in diabetic patients with macular edema and cataract.

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    Akinci, Arsen; Batman, Cosar; Ozkilic, Ersel; Altinsoy, Ali

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the results of phacoemulsification with intravitreal bevacizumab injection in patients with diabetic clinically significant macular edema and cataract. The records of 31 patients with diabetic clinically significant macular edema and cataract, which would interfere with macular laser photocoagulation, who have undergone phacoemulsification with intravitreal injection of 1.25 mg bevacizumab were retrospectively evaluated. All patients had undergone focal or modified grid laser photocoagulation 1 month after the surgery. All patients were evaluated by spectral optical coherence tomography/optical coherence tomography SLO before and 1 and 3 months after the surgery beyond complete ophthalmologic examination. The best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) levels and central macular thickness (CMT) recorded at the first and third months after the surgery were compared with the initial values. Paired samples t test was used for statistical analysis. The mean initial BCVA was 0.10 +/- 0.04 (range, 0.05-0.2). The mean BCVA at the first and third months after the surgery were 0.47 +/- 0.16 (standard deviation) (range, 0.2-0.5) and 0.51 +/- 0.12 (standard deviation) (range, 0.3-0.6), respectively. The BCVA level recorded at the first and third months after the surgery were significantly higher than the initial BCVA (P = 0.004). The mean initial CMT was 387.5 +/- 109.5 microm. The mean CMT at the first and third months after the surgery were 292.7 +/- 57.2 and 275.5 +/- 40.3. The CMT recorded at the first and third months after the surgery were significantly lower than the initial CMT (P < 0.001, P < 0.001). Phacoemulsification with intravitreal injection of bevacizumab provides improvement in clinically significant macular edema with a gain in BCVA in patients with diabetes with clinically significant macular edema and cataract.

  5. Intravitreal NGF administration counteracts retina degeneration after permanent carotid artery occlusion in rat

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    De Sordi Nadia

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The neurotrophin nerve growth factor (NGF is produced by different cell types in the anterior and posterior eye, exerting a neuroprotective role in the adult life. The visual system is highly sensitive to NGF and the retina and optic nerve provides suitable subjects for the study of central nervous system degeneration. The model of bilateral carotid occlusion (two-vessel occlusion, 2VO is a well-established model for chronic brain hypoperfusion leading to brain capillary pathology, to retina and optic nerve degeneration. In order to study if a single intravitreal injection of NGF protects the retina and the optic nerve from degeneration during systemic circulatory diseases, we investigated morphological and molecular changes occurring in the retina and optic nerve of adult rats at different time-points (8, 30 and 75 days after bilateral carotid occlusion. Results We demonstrated that a single intravitreal injection of NGF (5 μg/3 μl performed 24 hours after 2VO ligation has a long-lasting protective effect on retina and optic nerve degeneration. NGF counteracts retinal ganglion cells degeneration by early affecting Bax/Bcl-2 balance- and c-jun- expression (at 8 days after 2VO. A single intravitreal NGF injection regulates the demyelination/remyelination balance after ischemic injury in the optic nerve toward remyelination (at 75 days after 2VO, as indicated by the MBP expression regulation, thus preventing optic nerve atrophy and ganglion cells degeneration. At 8 days, NGF does not modify 2VO-induced alteration in VEFG and related receptors mRNA expression. Conclusion The protective effect of exogenous NGF during this systemic circulatory disease seems to occur also by strengthening the effect of endogenous NGF, the synthesis of which is increased by vascular defect and also by the mechanical lesion associated with NGF or even vehicle intraocular delivery.

  6. Results of the treatment with intravitreal bevacizumab injection in branch retinal vein occlusion

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    Osman Sayýn

    2017-06-01

    Material and Method: The files of patients who had macular edema caused by branch retinal vein occlusion and who were applied intravitreal bevacizumab injection were studied retrospectively. Visual acuity (logMAR in follow-ups of the patients before and after the injection and the macular thickness values of the quadrant of the occlusion were recorded and the effect of intravitreal bevacizumab on these parameters were analyzed. Results: 24 eyes of 24 patients, 17 of which are male and 7 of which are female, were included in the study. The mean age of the patients were 59.1±7.7. The mean visual acuity prior to the injection was determined to be 0.7±0.5 logMAR, and the mean macular thickness value 489.7±129.6 μm. The mean injection number applied was 1.5±0.7. The mean follow-up time after the injection was 3.5±2.7 months. The mean macular thickness was determined to be 393.1±5.7 μm and mean visual acuity was 0.5±0.1 logMAR in the 1st month. In the last follow-ups of the patients, the mean visual acuity was 0.26±0.28 logMAR and the mean macular thickness value was 317.4±71.5 μm. The increase in visual acuity and decrease in macular thickness between first and last control after the injection was found statistically significant. (p<0.001. Conclusion: The intravitreal bevacizumab injection used in macular edema secondary to BRVO increases visual acuity and decreases macular thickness. [J Contemp Med 2017; 7(2.000: 143-148

  7. Predictors of 1-year visual outcome in neovascular age-related macular degeneration following intravitreal ranibizumab treatment

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    Bloch, Sara Brandi; la Cour, Morten; Sander, Birgit

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: To describe predictors of visual outcome in patients treated with intravitreal ranibizumab for choroidal neovascularisation (CNV) in age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Methods: Retrospective review of 279 patients with CNV in AMD who fulfilled MARINA/ANCHOR study eligibility criteria...... and were treated with repeated intravitreal injections of ranibizumab 0.5 mg in routine clinical practice, beginning with three initial injections at 4-week intervals followed by individualized retreatment for the subsequent 9 months. Study parameters included best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA...

  8. Incidence of endophthalmitis and use of antibiotic prophylaxis after intravitreal injections.

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    Cheung, Crystal S Y; Wong, Amanda W T; Lui, Alex; Kertes, Peter J; Devenyi, Robert G; Lam, Wai-Ching

    2012-08-01

    To report the incidence of endophthalmitis in association with different antibiotic prophylaxis strategies after intravitreal injections of anti-vascular endothelial growth factors and triamcinolone acetonide. Retrospective, comparative case series. Fifteen thousand eight hundred ninety-five intravitreal injections (9453 ranibizumab, 5386 bevacizumab, 935 triamcinolone acetonide, 121 pegaptanib sodium) were reviewed for 2465 patients between January 5, 2005, and August 31, 2010. The number of injections was determined from billing code and patient records. The indications for injection included age-related macular degeneration, diabetic macular edema, central and branch retinal vein occlusion, and miscellaneous causes. Three strategies of topical antibiotic prophylaxis were used by the respective surgeons: (1) antibiotics given for 5 days after each injection, (2) antibiotics given immediately after each injection, and (3) no antibiotics given. The primary outcome measures were the incidence of culture-positive endophthalmitis and culture-negative cases of suspected endophthalmitis. Nine eyes of 9 patients with suspected endophthalmitis after injection were identified. Three of the 9 cases had culture-positive results. The overall incidence of endophthalmitis was 9 in 15 895. The incidence of culture-negative cases of suspected endophthalmitis and culture-proven endophthalmitis after injection was 6 in 15 895 and 3 in 15 895, respectively. Taking into account both culture-positive endophthalmitis and culture-negative cases of suspected endophthalmitis, the incidence per injection was 5 in 8259 for patients who were given antibiotics for 5 days after injection, 2 in 2370 for those who received antibiotics immediately after each injection, and 2 in 5266 who received no antibiotics. However, if considering culture-proven endophthalmitis alone, the use of topical antibiotics, given immediately or for 5 days after injection, showed lower rates of endophthalmitis

  9. Peristence of triamcinolone crystals after intra-vitreal injection: Benign crystalline hyaloidopathy

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    Rafik Zarifa

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We report a case of unusually long persistence of triamcinolone crystals after intra-vitreal injection. Crystals were noted on fundus examination predominantly confined to the posterior pole. Optical coherence tomography localized the crystals to the posterior hyaloidal surface. Over 6 years of follow-up the patient has retained good visual acuity and no observable changes in the retina. As the condition clinically resembles both crystalline maculopathy and asteroid hyalosis, we suggest the term ′drug-induced benign crystalline hyaloidopathy′.

  10. Pharmacokinetics of intravitreal glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor: experimental studies in pigs

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    Ejstrup, Rasmus; Kiilgaard, J F; Tucker, B A

    2010-01-01

    a retinal ganglion cell line (RGC5) bioassay. Indirect ophthalmoscopy, intraocular pressure assessment, and fundus photography were performed before enucleation. There was initial variability in the cGDNF, but after 24h GDNF was cleared in a monoexponential fashion with a half-life of 37 h (CL 33-43 h......The purpose of this study was to establish the intravitreal (ITV) pharmacokinetics of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) and observe possible complications after ITV injection. Twenty Danish landrace pigs and 34 eyes were included in the study; 30 were injected with 100 ng of GDNF...

  11. Pharmacokinetics of intravitreal glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor: experimental studies in pigs

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    Ejstrup, Rasmus; Kiilgaard, J F; Tucker, B A

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to establish the intravitreal (ITV) pharmacokinetics of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) and observe possible complications after ITV injection. Twenty Danish landrace pigs and 34 eyes were included in the study; 30 were injected with 100 ng of GDNF...... a retinal ganglion cell line (RGC5) bioassay. Indirect ophthalmoscopy, intraocular pressure assessment, and fundus photography were performed before enucleation. There was initial variability in the cGDNF, but after 24h GDNF was cleared in a monoexponential fashion with a half-life of 37 h (CL 33-43 h...

  12. Posterior capsule opacification and neovascularization treated with intravitreal bevacizumab and Nd:YAG capsulotomy

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    Sánchez-Castro, Grimelda Yuriana; Hitos-Fájer, Alejandra; Mendoza-Schuster, Erick; Velez-Montoya, Raul; Velasco-Barona, Cecilio Francisco

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    We reported a 75-year-old diabetic man, who developed opacification and neovascularization of the posterior capsule after extracapsular cataract extraction and posterior chamber intraocular lens implantation. The patient was treated with two injections of 2.5 mg of intravitreal bevacizumab. The treatment produced an important regression of the posterior capsular new vessels, allowing us to perform a successful Nd:YAG capsulotomy, clearing the visual axis and improving the visualization of the posterior pole. Even though, best corrected visual acuity was 20/200 due to diabetic macular edema. PMID:19668770

  13. Fellow Eye Macular Edema Improvement after Intravitreal Bevacizumab for Radiation Retinopathy

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    Isis A. S. Brito

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Radiation retinopathy (RR is a progressive, chronic condition directly related to the amount of radiation administered to the retina. We report a 37-year-old patient with medulloblastoma that was treated with external beam radiation and presented to us with bilateral cystoid macular edema. He was treated with monthly bevacizumab injections only in his worst seeing eye. There was a significant improvement in his fellow eye, with marked retinal thickness reduction. Therefore, we present clinical evidence of systemic absorption and fellow eye activity of the drug (bevacizumab. One must be aware of distant side effects after intravitreal injections.

  14. Pharmacokinetics of intravitreal 5-flurouracil prodrugs in silicone oil. Experimental studies in pigs

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    Laugesen, Caroline S; Steffansen, Bente; Scherfig, Erik

    2005-01-01

    PURPOSE: To examine the in vivo pharmacokinetics of intravitreal 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) following tamponade with 5-FU prodrug silicone oil formulations. METHOD: Two different alkoxycarbonyl 5-FU prodrugs denoted C12 and C18 were synthesized and formulated as silicone oil suspensions. A total of 26...... vitreal 5-FU never reached 1 microg/ml during the 7 days these experiments lasted. A mathematical model is presented that can explain the measured data if the clearance of 5-FU from the vitreous water phase follows first order kinetics with a half-life of 20 min. CONCLUSION: These experiments...

  15. What is new in the management of wet age-related macular degeneration?

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    Sivaprasad, Sobha; Hykin, Philip

    2013-01-01

    The hallmark of wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is choroidal neovascularization (CNV). The key cytokine involved in the pathogenesis of CNV is vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Since 2005, antiVEGF therapy has revolutionized the management of this condition. A systematic computerized literature search was conducted on PubMed (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/). AntiVEGF therapy has resulted in improvement in visual function and performance. Currently, practitioners are spoilt for choice of these agents. Bevacizumab is unlicensed for intraocular use but has a better market share than ranibizumab in the treatment of wet AMD as it is approximately 40 times cheaper than ranibizumab, if aliquoted into smaller doses for intraocular use. This has stirred up questions on indemnity, safety, dosing, treatment regimen and quality control, despite the fact that well-designed clinical trials have shown that both drugs are equally effective. Another dilemma for the physicians is the choice of treatment regimens with antiVEGF agents that include fixed dosing, optical coherence tomography (OCT)-guided re-treatment, treat and extend or a combination of proactive and reactive dosing. Real-life outcomes of physician-dependent OCT-guided re-treatment with these agents are inferior to outcomes reported in clinical trials. A recently food and drug administration-approved antiVEGF agent, aflibercept, is rapidly becoming a popular choice as well-designed randomized clinical trials indicate that eight weekly fixed dosing of aflibercept is non-inferior to monthly ranibizumab. Options for reducing the frequency of repeated intravitreal injections are being explored. Combination therapy with photodynamic therapy and epimacular brachytherapy seem scientifically plausible due to their synergistic effects. However, so far the results on these combinations have not shown any superior visual outcomes to antiVEGF monotherapy, and the practicalities of delivering these

  16. Posterior capsule opacification and neovascularization treated with intravitreal bevacizumab and Nd:YAG capsulotomy

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    Grimelda Yuriana Sánchez-Castro

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Grimelda Yuriana Sánchez-Castro1, Alejandra Hitos-Fájer1, Erick Mendoza-Schuster1, Raul Velez-Montoya2, Cecilio Francisco Velasco-Barona11Asociación para Evitar la Ceguera en México. Hospital “Dr. Luis Sánchez Bulnes”, México, D.F. Ophthalmology Department – Anterior Segment; 2Asociación para Evitar la Ceguera en México. Hospital “Dr. Luis Sánchez Bulnes”, México, D.F. Ophthalmology Department – Retina departmentAbstract: We reported a 75-year-old diabetic man, who developed opacification and neovascularization of the posterior capsule after extracapsular cataract extraction and posterior chamber intraocular lens implantation. The patient was treated with two injections of 2.5 mg of intravitreal bevacizumab. The treatment produced an important regression of the posterior capsular new vessels, allowing us to perform a successful Nd:YAG capsulotomy, clearing the visual axis and improving the visualization of the posterior pole. Even though, best corrected visual acuity was 20/200 due to diabetic macular edema.Keywords: posterior capsule opacification, posterior capsule neovascularization, cataract surgery, postoperative complications, intravitreal bevacizumab

  17. Intravitreal injection of the chimeric phage endolysin Ply187 protects mice from Staphylococcus aureus endophthalmitis.

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    Singh, Pawan Kumar; Donovan, David M; Kumar, Ashok

    2014-08-01

    The treatment of endophthalmitis is becoming very challenging due to the emergence of multidrug-resistant bacteria. Hence, the development of novel therapeutic alternatives for ocular use is essential. Here, we evaluated the therapeutic potential of Ply187AN-KSH3b, a chimeric phage endolysin derived from the Ply187 prophage, in a mouse model of Staphylococcus aureus endophthalmitis. Our data showed that the chimeric Ply187 endolysin exhibited strong antimicrobial activity against both methicillin-sensitive S. aureus and methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) strains, as evidenced by MIC determinations, reductions in turbidity, and disruption of biofilms. Moreover, exposure of S. aureus to Ply187 for up to 10 generations did not lead to resistance development. The intravitreal injection of chimeric Ply187 (at 6 or 12 h postinfection) significantly improved the outcome of endophthalmitis, preserved retinal structural integrity, and maintained visual function as assessed by electroretinogram analysis. Furthermore, phage lysin treatment significantly reduced the bacterial burden and the levels of inflammatory cytokines and neutrophil infiltration in the eyes. These results indicate that the intravitreal administration of a phage lytic enzyme attenuates the development of bacterial endophthalmitis in mice. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study demonstrating the therapeutic use of phage-based antimicrobials in ocular infections. Copyright © 2014, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.

  18. Retinal toxicity of intravitreally injected plain and liposome formulation of fluconazole in rabbit eye

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    Velpandian Thirumurthy

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Candidal endophthalmitis is a sight-threatening ocular infection that most frequently occurs as a complication of candidemia. Fluconazole has been effective against Candida albicans in various animal models. Our objective was to evaluate retinal toxicity of plain and liposome formulation of fluconazole at various dose levels after intravitreal injection. Materials and Methods: Twelve New Zealand albino rabbits weighing 2-2.5 kg were used. Two rabbits were used for every dose level. Liposome formulation containing 100 and 200 µg of fluconazole in sterile phosphate buffer solution and plain fluconazole at concentrations of 100, 200, 400 and 800 µg in 0.1 ml of sterile normal saline were injected intravitreally into the right eyes. The left eyes received 0.1 ml normal saline or 0.1 ml of liposome formulation without fluconazole. One week later, the animals were sacrificed, their eyes enucleated and processed for light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Results: It showed that plain fluconazole at a concentration of 100 µg and above caused retinal changes, with disorganization of the photoreceptor outer segments. However, liposome formulation of fluconazole (200 µg/0.1 ml did not show any significant microscopic changes of the retina. Conclusion: The liposome formulation decreased the retinal toxicity of fluconazole up to the studied concentration of 200 µg/0.1 ml.

  19. Intravitreal Triamcinolone Acetonide for Macular Edema in HLA-B27 Negative Ankylosing Spondylitis

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    M.M. Moschos

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available We report a case of a human leukocyte antigen B27 (HLA-B27-negative patient with cystoid macular edema (CME and ankylosing spondylitis (AS after treatment with triamcinolone acetonide. The patient complained of deterioration of visual acuity of the right eye during the last 10 days. At presentation visual acuity of the right eye was 0.2, and the ophthalmic examination did not reveal any sign of active uveitis. Fluorescein angiography (FA and ocular coherent tomography (OCT showed CME. The left eye was normal with a visual acuity of 0.9. Eight weeks after intravitreal injection of triamcinolone acetonide, visual acuity improved to 0.8 and OCT revealed regression of macular edema. Six months later no recurrence was observed. Our case report indicates for the first time that CME may occur in AS independently of the presence of HLA-B27 and intraocular inflammation. Intravitreal use of triamcinolone acetonide can reduce macular edema and restore visual acuity.

  20. Clinical study of Conbercept intravitreal injection for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration

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    Xu-Ting He

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To observe the clinical curative effect of conbercept intravitreal injection for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration.METHODS: Sixty patients with wet age related macular degeneration were randomly divided into treatment group 30 cases and control group 30 cases according to the random number table. The treatment group was injected with Conbercept 0.05mL, the control group was injected with triamcinolone acetonide 0.1mL. The best corrected visual acuity(BCVAwas performed before and after 1d, 1 and 3mo after treatment, and the thickness of macular was detected by optical coherence tomography(OCT. The complications of patients were observed after 1d, 1 and 3mo,including inflammatory reaction, corneal edema, anterior chamber, high intraocular pressure, etc.RESULTS:In treatment group 1d, 1 and 3mo after treatment, eyesight was improved significantly better than the control group(PPCONCLUSION: Intravitreal injection of Conbercept in the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration can improve the curative effect.

  1. MACULAR CHOROIDAL VOLUME CHANGES AFTER INTRAVITREAL BEVACIZUMAB FOR EXUDATIVE AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION.

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    Palkovits, Stefan; Seidel, Gerald; Pertl, Laura; Malle, Eva M; Hausberger, Silke; Makk, Johanna; Singer, Christoph; Osterholt, Julia; Herzog, Sereina A; Haas, Anton; Weger, Martin

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    To evaluate the effect of intravitreal bevacizumab on the macular choroidal volume and the subfoveal choroidal thickness in treatment naïve eyes with exudative age-related macular degeneration. The macular choroidal volume and the subfoveal choroidal thickness were measured using enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography. After a screening examination, each patient received 3 monthly intravitreal injections of 1.25 mg bevacizumab. One month after the third injection was a final assessment. Forty-seven patients with a mean age of 80 ± 6.4 years were included. The macular choroidal volume decreased significantly from median 4.1 mm (interquartile range 3.4-5.9) to median 3.9 mm (interquartile range 3.1-5.6) between the baseline and final examination (difference -0.46 mm, 95% confidence interval: -0.57 to 0.35, P macular choroidal volume at baseline and subfoveal choroidal thickness at baseline were not associated with the response to treatment. The macular choroidal volume and the subfoveal choroidal thickness decreased significantly after 3 monthly bevacizumab injections for exudative age-related macular degeneration.

  2. CLINICAL AND ELECTROPHYSIOLOGICAL EVALUATION AFTER INTRAVITREAL ZIV-AFLIBERCEPT FOR EXUDATIVE AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION.

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    de Oliveira Dias, João Rafael; de Andrade, Gabriel Costa; Kniggendorf, Vinicius Ferreira; Novais, Eduardo Amorim; Maia, André; Meyer, Carsten; Watanabe, Sung Eun Song; Farah, Michel Eid; Rodrigues, Eduardo Büchele

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    To evaluate the 6-month safety and efficacy of ziv-aflibercept intravitreal injections for treating exudative age-related macular degeneration. Fifteen patients with unilateral exudative age-related macular degeneration were enrolled. The best-corrected visual acuity was measured and spectral domain optical coherence tomography was performed at baseline and monthly. Full-field electroretinography and multifocal electroretinography were obtained at baseline and 4, 13, and 26 weeks after the first injection. All patients received three monthly intravitreal injections of ziv-aflibercept (1.25 mg) followed by as-needed treatment. Between baseline and 26 weeks, the mean logMAR best-corrected visual acuity improved (P = 0.00408) from 0.93 ± 0.4 (20/200) to 0.82 ± 0.5 (20/160) logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution, respectively; the central retinal thickness decreased significantly (P = 0.0007) from 490.3 ± 155.1 microns to 327.9 ± 101.5 microns; the mean total macular volume decreased significantly (P macular responses within the first central 15° showed significantly (P macular volume from baseline to 26 weeks. No retinal toxicity on full-field electroretinography or adverse events occurred during the follow-up period.

  3. Evaluation of toxicity after periocular and intravitreal administration of carboplatin in rabbit eyes

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    Denisa Darsová

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to characterize the extent of toxicity of focal carboplatin administration and to identify the dose limiting toxicity in rabbit eyes depending on administered concentrations. New Zealand white male rabbits (n = 18 were treated with 1 of 3 regimens: a single periocular injection of 15 mg of carboplatin (group I, a single periocular injection of 30 mg of carboplatin (group II and a single transcorneal intravitreal injection of 0.05 mg of carboplatin (group III. Ophthalmologic examinations and vitreous samplings were performed under dissociative anaesthesia at regular intervals during next 2 (groups I and III or 3 (group II weeks. Carboplatin concentrations in vitreous samples were assessed by atomic absorption spectroscopy. At the end of experiments, all rabbit eyes were obtained for histopathologic examination. Clinical and histological evidence of toxicity was graded into four grades according to anatomical structures of the rabbit eye. The dose limiting toxicity was reached in group II after periocular injection of 30 mg of carboplatin and in group III after intravitreal injection of 0.05 mg of carboplatin. No systemic toxicity was observed in any group. Focal carboplatin administration may decrease systemic exposure to this cytotoxic drug in the retinoblastoma treatment. This moreover suggests that focal carboplatin administration is a promising approach and challenge for advanced retinoblastoma chemotherapy.

  4. DEPLOYMENT OF SIX SIGMA METHODOLOGY TO REDUCE COMPLICATIONS IN INTRAVITREAL INJECTIONS

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    İbrahim SAHBAZ

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study is to show how a private eye care center in Turkey initiated Six Sigma principles to reduce the number of complications encountered during and after intravitreal injections. Data were collected for 30-months. To analyse the complications among 229 injections administered on 106 patients, main tools of Six Sigma’s Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control (DMAIC improvement cycle such as SIPOC table, Fishbone Diagram and, Failure, Mode and Effect Analysis were implemented. Sources and root causes of seven types of complications were identified and reported. For a successful intravitreal injection, experience of the retina specialist, attention of the retina specialist and patient’s ocular pathology were determined to be the “critical few” factors whereas, sterilization and hygiene, dosage of drug/agent and chemical properties of drug/agent were found to be the “trivial many”factors. The most frequently occuring and the complication with the highest hazard score was found to be subconjunctival haemorrhage. The process sigma level of the process was measured to be 3.2657. The surgical team concluded that six of the complications (out of seven should be significantly reduced by taking the necessary preventative measures.

  5. Biomechanical Properties of the Internal Limiting Membrane after Intravitreal Ocriplasmin Treatment.

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    Vielmuth, Franziska; Schumann, Ricarda G; Spindler, Volker; Wolf, Armin; Scheler, Renate; Mayer, Wolfgang J; Henrich, Paul B; Haritoglou, Christos

    2016-01-01

    To assess the stiffness of the human internal limiting membrane (ILM) and evaluate potential changes of mechanical properties following intravitreal ocriplasmin injection for vitreomacular traction. This is an interventional comparative case series of 12 surgically excised ILM specimens consecutively obtained from 9 eyes of 9 patients after unsuccessful pharmacologic vitreolysis with ocriplasmin. During the same time period, 16 specimens from 13 other eyes without ocriplasmin treatment were harvested during vitrectomy and served as controls. All patients presented with macular holes or vitreomacular traction and underwent vitrectomy with ILM peeling either with or without brilliant blue (BB) staining. All specimens were analyzed using atomic force microscopy with scan regions of 25 × 25 μm. In all specimens, both the retinal side and vitreal side of the ILM were analyzed. Atomic force microscopy revealed no significant differences in elasticity of ILM specimens removed from eyes with or without ocriplasmin treatment. Undulated areas of the retinal side presented stiffer than the vitreal side of the ILM. Topographical mapping of both the vitreal and retinal side of the ILM showed no apparent alteration of the morphology in ocriplasmin-treated eyes compared to untreated eyes. Staining with BB resulted in an increase of tissue stiffness. Intravitreal injection of ocriplasmin does not change biomechanical properties of the human ILM. There is no evidence of a potential enzymatic effect of ocriplasmin interfering with the stiffness of this basement membrane. © 2016 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  6. Assessment of the effect of intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide on the chorioretinal and vitreous inflammatory reaction to cryotherapy in rabbits

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    Eugênio Santana de Figueirêdo

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To evaluate the inflammatory response in the choroid, retina and vitreous in rabbit eyes underwent cryotherapy followed by intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide and to compare with those underwent cryotherapy followed by intravitreal injection of saline solution. METHODS: This is a prospective case-control study. Surgical procedures were performed in eleven rabbits. Two animals were excluded because they did not complete the postoperative period or had intraoperative or postoperative complications. All rabbits underwent superior temporal peritomy and transscleralcryotherapy in both eyes. After cryotherapy, animals received intravitreal injection of triamcinolone acetonide in one eye and saline solution in the fellow eye. Animals were sacrificed seven days after the procedure and their eyes were enucleated. Histological sections of eyeballs were prepared and the vitreous humor was aspirated. The count of inflammatory cells was performed by light microscopy. RESULTS: Histological sections of both eyes of nine rabbits were analyzed. Inflammatory cells were found only in the choroid. There was no statistically significant difference in the number of inflammatory cells between the two groups, regardless of cell type analyzed. CONCLUSION: This study showed no statistically significant difference between the use or absence of intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide in the inflammatory response to cryotherapy in rabbit eyes. Studies with larger samples are needed to confirm the trend of this paper.

  7. Comparison of Intravitreal Bevacizumab, Intravitreal Ranibizumab and Laser Photocoagulation for Treatment of Type 1 Retinopathy of Prematurity in Turkish Preterm Children.

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    Kabataş, Emrah Utku; Kurtul, Bengi Ece; Altıaylık Özer, Pınar; Kabataş, Naciye

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    To evaluate effectiveness of treatment modalities, major complications and refractive errors in children who were treated with intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB), intravitreal ranibizumab (IVR) or laser photocoagulation (LP) for type 1 retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). Premature infants who underwent IVB monotherapy (Group 1), IVR monotherapy (Group 2) or LP (Group 3) for type 1 ROP and infants with spontaneously regressed ROP (Group 4) were included for the study. Major complications, recurrence rate, recurrence time, total retinal vascularization time and refractive errors at 18 months of corrected age (CA) were determined. Groups 1, 2, 3 and 4 included 24 eyes of 12 patients, 12 eyes of six patients, 72 eyes of 36 patients and 148 eyes of 74 patients, respectively. Recurrence of the disease occurred in two eyes of one patient in Group 1 at 52 weeks of postmenstrual age (PMA) and two eyes of one patient at 48 weeks of PMA in Group 2. In Group 3, disease did not regress after the first treatment in 10 eyes of five patients. The mean vascularization time in Group 1 was 73 ± 10.1 weeks of PMA and 61.8 ± 6.6 weeks of PMA in Group 2 (p = 0.027). Macular ectopia was seen in two eyes of one patient and exudative retinal detachment (ERD) occurred in two eyes of one patient in Group 3. Mean spherical equivalent was 1.49 ± 3.04 diopters (D) in Group 1, -1.79 ± 2.87D in Group 2, -1.27 ± 2.8 D in Group 3 and 1.52 ± 1.07 D in Group 4 at 18 months of CA. There was no significant difference in astigmatism values in all groups. IVB, IVR and LP are options that can successfully treat ROP. Myopia was observed to be the main refractive error in all treatment groups. Vascularization of the retina was completed later in the IVB group than in the IVR group.

  8. Strategies for Improving Patient Comfort During Intravitreal Injections: Results from a Survey-Based Study.

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    Gomez, Jessica; Koozekanani, Dara D; Feng, Alex Z; Holt, Mitchell; Drayna, Paul; Mackley, Melissa R; van Kuijk, Frederik J G M; Beardsley, Robert M; Johnston, Richard H; Terry, Joseph M; Montezuma, Sandra R

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    Many ocular diseases require intravitreal injections of pharmacological agents. Optimizing patients' experiences during injections is important to ensure compliance and maintenance of quality of life. The objective of this study was to identify strategies to help alleviate discomfort during intravitreal injections. A cross-sectional study surveying 128 patients during clinic visits between 2014 and 2015 in two outpatient Retina Clinics (one academic and one private). Patients receiving an intravitreal injection(s) for any retinal disorder were given a questionnaire with 10-yes/no responses for various potential strategies. Responses were stratified by sex, age (60 years) and total number of prior injections (0-9 injections, 10-20 injections and >20 injections). A total of 128 patients were surveyed: 59 males, 41 females and 28 with no sex specified. Our results identified four favorable strategies as those receiving more than 50% "yes" votes. These included the presence of technician/staff during the procedure, the use of a neck pillow, a verbal warning before the injection and performing injections in both eyes on the same day. Other specific strategies were identified for females, younger patients and those with greatest experience. These included: females preferred having their hand held during injections (P = 0.001) and using a stress ball (P = 0.000) when compared to males. Stratifying by age, patients 30-60 years old preferred having their hand held (P = 0.008) and background music (P = 0.007). Stratifying by prior injections, patients with >20 prior injections preferred having their hand held (P = 0.001), using a stress ball (P = 0.021) and, if necessary, having bilateral injections performed the same day to improve comfort (P = 0.037). Having an extra staff member present during the injection, having a neck pillow, having a verbal warning prior to injection and having both eyes injected on the same day were indicated as favorable strategies

  9. Posterior vitreous detachment with microplasmin alters the retinal penetration of intravitreal bevacizumab (Avastin) in rabbit eyes.

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    Goldenberg, David T; Giblin, Frank J; Cheng, Mei; Chintala, Shravan K; Trese, Michael T; Drenser, Kimberly A; Ruby, Alan J

    2011-02-01

    Intravitreal bevacizumab (BV) (Avastin, Genentech Inc., South San Francisco, CA) is frequently used for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration. Previous studies have demonstrated full-thickness retinal penetration. Intravitreal recombinant microplasmin (MP) has been shown to successfully induce a posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) and vitreous liquefaction in animals. It has been suggested that a PVD may alter the retinal penetration of molecules in the vitreous cavity. The aim of this study was to compare BV retinal penetration in rabbit eyes with and without an MP-induced PVD. Twelve adult rabbits were injected with 0.1 mL (0.4 mg) of MP into the vitreous cavity of 1 eye. One week later, the rabbits were injected with 0.05 mL (1.25 mg) of BV into both eyes. Both eyes of 3 rabbits were harvested at 6 hours, 12 hours, 24 hours, and 72 hours after the BV injection. Frozen retinal cross sections were prepared, and BV retinal penetration was evaluated with immunohistochemistry using a fluorescence-labeled antibody against BV. Two eyes from one rabbit were not injected with either agent and used as controls to compare the background autofluorescence. Peripapillary retinal sections were recorded with a digital camera, and intraretinal BV fluorescence-labeled antibody was measured by qualitative photographic interpretation. Two additional rabbits received an intravitreal injection of 0.1 mL of MP in 1 eye. One week later, both eyes from each rabbit were enucleated, and frozen retinal sections were prepared and analyzed with light microscopy to evaluate histologic damage. Full-thickness BV retinal penetration was observed throughout the retina in both eyes of each rabbit. All the MP-injected eyes exhibited increased antibody labeling in retinas evaluated at 6 hours, 12 hours, and 24 hours after BV injection when compared with the contralateral non-MP-injected eyes. By 3 days after BV injection, all eyes demonstrated decreased antibody labeling compared with

  10. Modifying Choroidal Neovascularization Development with a Nutritional Supplement in Mice

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    Ivanescu, Alina Adriana; Fernández-Robredo, Patricia; Heras-Mulero, Henar; Sádaba-Echarri, Luis Manuel; García-García, Laura; Fernández-García, Vanessa; Moreno-Orduna, Maite; Redondo-Exposito, Aitor; Recalde, Sergio; García-Layana, Alfredo

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    We examined the effect of nutritional supplements (modified Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS)-II formulation containing vitamins, minerals, lutein, resveratrol, and omega-3 fatty acids) on choroidal neovascularization (CNV). Supplements were administered alone and combined with intravitreal anti-VEGF in an early-CNV (diode laser-induced) murine model. Sixty mice were evenly divided into group V (oral vehicle, intravitreal saline), group S (oral supplement, intravitreal saline), group V + aVEGF (oral vehicle, intravitreal anti-VEGF), and group S + aVEGF (oral supplement, intravitreal anti-VEGF). Vehicle and nutritional supplements were administered daily for 38 days beginning 10 days before laser. Intravitreal injections were administered 48 h after laser. Fluorescein angiography (FA) and flat-mount CD31 staining evaluated leakage and CNV lesion area. Expression of VEGF, MMP-2 and MMP-9 activity, and NLRP3 were evaluated with RT-PCR, zymography, and western-blot. Leakage, CNV size, VEGF gene and protein expression were lower in groups V + aVEGF, S + aVEGF, and S than in V (all p Nutritional supplements either alone or combined with anti-VEGF may mitigate CNV development and inhibit retinal disease involving VEGF overexpression and CNV. PMID:26153682

  11. Metabolic and hypoxic adaptation to anti-angiogenic therapy: a target for induced essentiality.

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    McIntyre, Alan; Harris, Adrian L

    2015-04-01

    Anti-angiogenic therapy has increased the progression-free survival of many cancer patients but has had little effect on overall survival, even in colon cancer (average 6-8 weeks) due to resistance. The current licensed targeted therapies all inhibit VEGF signalling (Table 1). Many mechanisms of resistance to anti-VEGF therapy have been identified that enable cancers to bypass the angiogenic blockade. In addition, over the last decade, there has been increasing evidence for the role that the hypoxic and metabolic responses play in tumour adaptation to anti-angiogenic therapy. The hypoxic tumour response, through the transcription factor hypoxia-inducible factors (HIFs), induces major gene expression, metabolic and phenotypic changes, including increased invasion and metastasis. Pre-clinical studies combining anti-angiogenics with inhibitors of tumour hypoxic and metabolic adaptation have shown great promise, and combination clinical trials have been instigated. Understanding individual patient response and the response timing, given the opposing effects of vascular normalisation versus reduced perfusion seen with anti-angiogenics, provides a further hurdle in the paradigm of personalised therapeutic intervention. Additional approaches for targeting the hypoxic tumour microenvironment are being investigated in pre-clinical and clinical studies that have potential for producing synthetic lethality in combination with anti-angiogenic therapy as a future therapeutic strategy. © 2015 The Authors. Published under the terms of the CC BY 4.0 license.

  12. Influence of intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide injection in scleral buckling surgery for macula-off retinal detachment.

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    Mirshahi, Ahmad; Karkhaneh, Reza; Zamani Amir, Javad; Movassat, Morteza; Azadi, Pejvak

    2014-01-01

    To investigate the effect of intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide injection on the resolution of subretinal fluid (SRF), and its correlation with visual outcome after scleral buckle (SB) surgery. A prospective consecutive case series was conducted in patients who underwent SB surgery for macula-off rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD) at Farabi Eye Hospital from February 1, 2012 to August 30, 2013. Exclusion criteria included previous ocular surgery (e.g. primary surgical failure) except cataract surgery, recurrent retinal detachment, macular hole, epiretinal membrane, proliferative vitreoretinopathy grade C, history of trauma, other retinal diseases, and diabetes mellitus. Patients were assigned to two groups. In group 1, patients received 2 mg of intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide injection at the end of surgery while patients in group 2 received intravitreal balanced saline solution for balancing the intraocular pressure (IOP). Patients were followed up at 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 2 months and 3 months after the surgery by best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), slitlamp examination, indirect ophthalmoscopy and optical coherence tomography (OCT). OCT (Heidelberg Engineering, Heidelberg, Germany) was used at all visits except day 1 after the surgery. Student's t test and χ(2) tests were used for comparisons; p value ≤ 0.05 was considered significant. Sixty-two eyes of 62 patients were enrolled in the study. There were 33 male patients (53%) and 29 female patients (47%). The average age was 43.8 years (18-72 years). The mean duration of symptoms was 34.7 ± 46.8 days. There were 29 eyes in group 1 and 33 eyes in group 2. Twelve weeks after the operation, 25 patients (40%) had SRF beneath the macula, but there was no significant difference (p = 0.24, χ(2) test) between the two groups. Improvement in BCVA in both groups was statistically significant (p ≤ 0.001) but did not differ between the two groups (p = 0.09) apart from week 12, in which the improvement

  13. Progression of choroidal metastasis of ovarian serous cystoadenocarcinoma after intravitreal bevacizumab treatment

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    Victor E. Reviglio

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available A 57-year-old woman presented to her ophthalmologist because of rapid deterioration in vision. Dilated funduscopic examination of the right eye showed an elevated, yellow-orange choroidal mass temporal to the fovea; a complete retinal detachment was present in the left eye. The patient was referred to an oncologist. Computerized tomography of the brain, thorax, abdomen, and pelvis were obtained. They revealed an 11-mm mass in the right parietal lobe, a 30-mm mass in the left temporal lobe, 23-mm mass in the right kidney, and multiple nodules in both lungs. Supported by published experience with intravitreal bevacizumab for choroidal metastasis, the patient was injected into the vitreous through the pars plana of the left eye. The tumor mass did not show signs of regression and the visual acuity was unchanged. The patient suffered from end-state complications tumor metastasis and expired one month after the invitreal injection.

  14. Intravitreal bevacizumab for treatment of choroidal neovascularization associated with osteogenesis imperfecta

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    Pukhraj Rishi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A 12-year-old girl, diagnosed of osteogenesis imperfecta, presented with sudden visual loss in the left eye. Investigations revealed an active choroidal neovascular membrane. She underwent treatment with intravitreal Bevacizumab (1.25 mg/0.05 ml. Follow-up at 1 month revealed the development of lacquer crack running through the macula, underlying the fovea. The patient received two re-treatments at 1-month intervals, following which the choroidal neovascularization (CNV regressed completely. However, further progression of lacquer cracks was noted. At the last follow-up, 6 months following the last injection, the fundus remained stable and vision was maintained at 20/200. Considering the natural history of the disease and the increased risk of rupture of the Bruch′s membrane in such eyes, the possible complication of a lacquer crack developing must be borne in mind, before initiating treatment.

  15. Subconjunctival and Orbital Silicone Oil Granuloma (Siliconoma Complicating Intravitreal Silicone Oil Tamponade

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    Jung Hye Lee

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A 30-year-old male, who underwent previous pars plana vitrectomy and silicone oil tamponade due to endogenous endophthalmitis originated from Klebsiella liver abscess, was referred for evisceration. At 2 months after vitrectomy with silicon oil tamponade, conjunctival chemosis and ocular pain were aggravated. Diffuse eyelid swelling and large subconjunctival mass with lipid droplets were noted. On MRI examination, subconjunctival mass and intra- and extraconal orbital mass around superior rectus muscle were observed. Excision of subconjunctival and orbital mass was performed. Histopathologic examination showed multiple silicone oil vacuoles surrounded by foreign body giant cells and fibrosis, which confirmed silicone oil granuloma. In a patient with suspicious melting sclera in diseases such as endophthalmitis, large silicone oil granuloma may be complicated in a rapid fashion after intravitreal silicone oil tamponade due to silicone oil leakage.

  16. Mortality in patients treated with intravitreal bevacizumab for age-related macular degeneration.

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    Hanhart, Joel; Comaneshter, Doron S; Freier Dror, Yossi; Vinker, Shlomo

    2017-10-10

    The aim of this study is to analyze mortality in patients treated with bevacizumab for wet AMD. We conducted a retrospective case-control study between patients who received intravitreal injections of bevacizumab as the sole treatment for exudative AMD between September 2008 and October 2014 (n = 5385) and age and gender matched controls (n = 10,756). All individuals included in the study were reviewed for sociodemographic data and comorbidities. Survival analysis was performed using adjusted Cox regression, using relevant adjusted variables. During follow-up (maximum: 73 months), 1063 (19.7%) individuals after bevacizumab died compared with 1298 (12.1%) in the control group (P bevacizumab compared to a same age and gender group without wet AMD.

  17. The effect of intravitreal bevacizumab injection on the corneal endothelial cells

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    Akbar Derakhshan

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    Full Text Available Introduction:Bevacizumab (Avastin, as an effectiveness treatment modality, is currently used in patients with various ocular disease. However the results have been promising, the use of bevacizumab in the treatment of ocular disease is an off-label application. Hence, the aim of this study was to systematically review the effectiveness of intravitreal injection of bevacizumab on various ocular tissues, especially corneal endothelial cells. Methods: The articles related to the effect of application of Avastin in the treatment of ophthalmic diseases and especially its effect on corneal endothelial cells were collected and reviewed. We searched PubMed, Google scholar, and Scopus databases and used Avastin, ocular diseases and corneal endothelial cells as search keywords.Result: Of all 55 articles found in all databases, only 10 were relevant to the purpose of this study, and 45 articles were excluded in several step by step process of article selection according to the inclusion/exclusion criteria. The results revealed that intracameral bevacizumab injection caused no changes in specular microscopy and corneal pachymetry. Moreover, it had no significant toxicity on corneal endothelial cells.Discussion: Effectiveness of bevacizumab as a new modality in the treatment of different ophthalmic diseases have been suggested. Recent data on both human and animal models showed that intravitreal injection of bevacizumab resulted in no significant toxicity on various ocular cells, and it could be considered as a suitable therapeutic approach in clinical use.Conclusion: According to the results of included documents, bevacizumab was not toxic to corneal endothelial cells at various clinically relevant doses.

  18. Evaulation of Incidence and Risk Factors for Intraocular Pressure Elevation After Intravitreal Triamcinolone Acetonide Injection

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    Didar Uçar

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: To investigate the effect of intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide (IVTA used for the macular edema on intraocular pressure (IOP and to determine the risk factors for IOP elevation. Materials and Methods: This retrospective study included 93 eyes of 85 patients who had 4 mg intravitreal triamcinolone injection. Of the 85 patients, 56 (65.8% had diabetic macular edema, 22 (25.8% had branch retinal, and 7 (8.2% had central retinal vein occlusion. IOP changes after injection as well as the relation between IOP elevation and age, sex, lens status, etiology of macular edema, baseline IOP were evaluated. Results: Fourty-six male and 39 female patients with mean age 61.58±9.5 years were evaluated. IOP was recorded to be >24 mmHg in 30 eyes (32.2% at follow-up visit after an average of 7.5 weeks. Normalization of IOP with medication was achieved in all IOP elevated eyes. Fifteen of 29 eyes (51.7% with vein occlusion and 15 of 64 eyes (23.3% with diabetic macula edema had IOP elevation (p=0.01. Twenty-six of 73 phakic (35.6% and 4 of 20 pseudophakic eyes (20% had IOP >24 mmHg (p=0.16. There was no association between IOP elevation and sex (p=0.33. Baseline IOP was 16.47±2.8 mmHg in eyes which had elevated IOP and 14.78±2.4 mmHg in the remaining. There was significant relation between IOP elevation and baseline IOP level (p=0.01. Conclusion: Elevated IOP is common side effect after IVTA, but normalization is usually achieved by topical medication. Patients with baseline IOP ≥15 mmHg and vein occlusion have higher risk for IOP elevation. (Turk J Ophthalmol 2015; 45: 86-91

  19. The effects of intravitreal bevacizumab in infectious and noninfectious uveitic macular edema.

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    Al-Dhibi, Hassan; Hamade, Issam H; Al-Halafi, Ali; Barry, Maan; Chacra, Charbel Bou; Gupta, Vishali; Tabbara, Khalid F

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    Background/Aims. To assess the effect of intravitreal bevacizumab injection (IVBI) for the treatment of macular edema due to infectious and noninfectious uveitides. Design. Retrospective interventional case series. Methods. A chart review was performed on all the patients who were diagnosed with uveitic macular edema (UME) and received 1.25 mg of IVBI at two referral centers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. All included patients had their visual acuity and macular thickness analyzed at baseline and at 1 and 3 months following IVBI and any sign of reactivation was noted. Results. The mean age of patients was 41 ± 16 years with a mean followup of 4 ± 1 months. Ten patients had idiopathic intermediate uveitis, 9 patients had Behcet's disease, 10 had idiopathic panuveitis, and twelve patients had presumed ocular tuberculosis uveitis. Following IVBI, the mean LogMAR visual acuity improved from 0.8 ± 0.8 at baseline to 0.4 ± 0.5 at 1 month and 0.3 ± 0.5 at 3 months (P < 0.002, at 3 months). The mean macular thickness was 430 ± 132 μm at baseline. Following IVBI macular thickness improved to 286 ± 93 μm at 1 month and to 265 ± 88 μm at 3 months of followup (P < 0.001, at 3 months). Conclusion. Bevacizumab was effective in the management of UME associated with both infectious and noninfectious uveitides. Intravitreal bevacizumab induced remission of UME with infectious uveitis and had no immunosuppressive effect against infectious agents.

  20. The Effects of Intravitreal Bevacizumab in Infectious and Noninfectious Uveitic Macular Edema

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    Hassan Al-Dhibi

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    Full Text Available Background/Aims. To assess the effect of intravitreal bevacizumab injection (IVBI for the treatment of macular edema due to infectious and noninfectious uveitides. Design. Retrospective interventional case series. Methods. A chart review was performed on all the patients who were diagnosed with uveitic macular edema (UME and received 1.25 mg of IVBI at two referral centers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. All included patients had their visual acuity and macular thickness analyzed at baseline and at 1 and 3 months following IVBI and any sign of reactivation was noted. Results. The mean age of patients was 41±16 years with a mean followup of 4±1 months. Ten patients had idiopathic intermediate uveitis, 9 patients had Behcet’s disease, 10 had idiopathic panuveitis, and twelve patients had presumed ocular tuberculosis uveitis. Following IVBI, the mean LogMAR visual acuity improved from 0.8±0.8 at baseline to 0.4±0.5 at 1 month and 0.3±0.5 at 3 months (P<0.002, at 3 months. The mean macular thickness was 430±132 μm at baseline. Following IVBI macular thickness improved to 286±93 μm at 1 month and to 265±88 μm at 3 months of followup (P<0.001, at 3 months. Conclusion. Bevacizumab was effective in the management of UME associated with both infectious and noninfectious uveitides. Intravitreal bevacizumab induced remission of UME with infectious uveitis and had no immunosuppressive effect against infectious agents.

  1. Extent of Detached Retina and Lens Status Influence Intravitreal Protein Expression in Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment.

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    Pollreisz, Andreas; Sacu, Stefan; Eibenberger, Katharina; Funk, Marion; Kivaranovic, Danijel; Zlabinger, Gerhard J; Georgopoulos, Michael; Schmidt-Erfurth, Ursula

    2015-08-01

    The aim of the study was to compare intravitreal cytokines and chemokines to clinical parameters in patients with rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD). In this prospective study vitreous samples were taken undiluted from 60 patients with RRD and 20 age-matched controls with idiopathic epiretinal membranes at the beginning of primary vitrectomy. The following clinical parameters were assessed from RRD patients prior to surgery: number of quadrants detached, RD height, lens status, symptom duration, and refractive power. Concentrations of 40 different proteins in the vitreous of RRD eyes were measured by multiplex protein array, compared with controls and correlated to clinical parameters. Ten cytokines and chemokines were significantly upregulated in the vitreous of RRD eyes compared with controls (tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases [TIMP]-1 and -2, macrophage inflammatory protein [MIP]-1α, monocyte chemoattractant protein [MCP]-1, IL-6, and -8, inducible protein (IP)-10, brain-derived neurotrophic factor [BDNF], TGFβ-3, and platelet-derived growth factor [PDGF]-AB/BB). Linear regression analysis revealed that IL-8 and TGFβ-3 increased with the number of retinal quadrants detached, while TIMP-1 rose in eyes with greater RD heights. Concentrations of IP-10 and myeloperoxidase (MPO) peaked in eyes with two or more quadrants detached, while TIMP-2 was highest expressed in the vitreous of eyes with great RD height. In pseudophakic eyes with higher detachment height levels of vascular cell adhesion molecule (VCAM)-1 were significantly increased, while neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM) was decreased in pseudophakic patients with shallow RD height. Extent of RRD and lens status significantly influence intravitreal proinflammatory, profibrotic, and proapoptotic protein expression. These data contribute to the fundamental understanding of pathophysiological mechanisms in RRD and may serve as a basis for development of adjunct therapeutics to facilitate

  2. Comparative toxicity of 4 commonly used intravitreal corticosteroids on rat retina.

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    Citirik, Mehmet; Dilsiz, Nihat; Batman, Cosar; Zilelioglu, Orhan

    2009-06-01

    To investigate the effects of 4 commonly used steroids (dexamethasone, triamcinolone, betamethasone, and methylprednisolone) on 50 retinas of 25 adult pigmented rats. Experimental animal study. Twenty-five pigmented Long-Evans male rats. Each steroid drug with 2 different doses (0.025 mL and 0.050 mL) was injected into the vitreous of each eye of 5 rats. The low drug dose was injected into the right eye and the high dose was injected into the left eye. Ten eyes of 5 randomly selected rats were used as a control group and intravitreal saline was injected into these eyes. Oxidative damage and intrinsic antioxidative capacity were determined by measuring retinal malondialdehyde (MDA) and glutathione (GSH) levels, respectively. No statistically meaningful difference was observed in retinal GSH and MDA measurements in the low- and high-dose triamcinolone (1 and 2 mg), low-dose betamethasone (0.075 mg), and low-dose dexamethasone (0.1 mg) groups, compared with the control group. Both doses of methylprednisolone (1.6 mg and 3.2 mg), high-dose betamethasone (0.15 mg), and high-dose dexamethasone (0.2 mg) markedly altered retinal GSH and MDA levels. The results of our study show that the toxicity of triamcinolone is not evident even in high doses. It may be used safely. We also suggest that intravitreal use of low doses of betamethasone and dexamethasone is safer than higher doses of these drugs and both doses of methylprednisolone.

  3. Correlation of Vitreous Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor and Uric Acid Concentration Using Optical Coherence Tomography in Diabetic Macular Edema

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    Libuse Krizova

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. We investigated two factors linked to diabetic macular edema (DME, vitreous and serum levels of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF and uric acid (UA in patients with DME, and compared the results with changes in optical coherence tomography (OCT and visual acuity (VA. Methods. A prospective study of 29 eyes, 16 cystoid DME and nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy (DR and 13 nondiabetic controls. Biochemical analysis of vitreous and serum samples was performed and OCT scans were graded according to central retinal thickness (CRT, cube volume (CV, cube average thickness (CAT, and serous retinal detachment (SRD. Results. In DME group, intravitreal concentrations of VEGF (p<0.001, UA (p=0.038, and total protein (p<0.001 were significantly higher than in control group. In DME subjects, intravitreal UA correlated significantly with intravitreal VEGF (ƍ = 0.559, p=0.03 but not with total vitreous protein and serum UA. Increased intravitreal VEGF in DME group correlated with increase in CV (ƍ = 0.515/p=0.041. None of the OCT parameters correlated with the VA. Conclusions. The results suggest that the CV might be assessor of anti-VEGF therapy efficacy. Second, apart from VEGF, the role of UA in the pathogenesis and progression of DR should be considered.

  4. Intravitreal delivery of AAV8 retinoschisin results in cell type-specific gene expression and retinal rescue in the Rs1-KO mouse

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    Park, TK; Wu, Z; Kjellstrom, S; Zeng, Y; Bush, RA; Sieving, PA; Colosi, P

    2009-01-01

    X-linked juvenile retinoschisis (XLRS) is a neurodevelopmental abnormality caused by retinoschisin gene mutations. XLRS is characterized by splitting through the retinal layers and impaired synaptic transmission of visual signals resulting in impaired acuity and a propensity to retinal detachment. Several groups have treated murine retinoschisis models successfully using adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors. Owing to the fragile nature of XLRS retina, translating this therapy to the clinic may require an alternative to invasive subretinal vector administration. Here we show that all layers of the retinoschisin knockout (Rs1-KO) mouse retina can be transduced efficiently with AAV vectors administered by simple vitreous injection. Retinoschisin expression was restricted to the neuroretina using a new vector that uses a 3.5-kb human retinoschisin promoter and an AAV type 8 capsid. Intravitreal administration to Rs1-KO mice resulted in robust retinoschisin expression with a retinal distribution similar to that observed in wild-type retina, including the expression by the photoreceptors lying deep in the retina. No off-target expression was observed. Rs1-KO mice treated with this vector showed a decrease in the schisis cavities and had improved retinal signaling evaluated by recording the electroretinogram 11–15 weeks after the application. PMID:19458650

  5. Do not say ever never more: the ins and outs of antiangiogenic therapies.

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    Quesada, Ana R; Medina, Miguel Ángel; Muñoz-Chápuli, Ramón; Ponce, Ángel Luis G

    2010-01-01

    Angiogenesis has been described as one of the hallmarks of cancer, playing an essential role in tumor growth, invasion, and metastasis. Antiangiogenic therapy was initially perceived as a "magic bullet" that could eventually be used for the treatment of any type of cancer. For this reason inhibition of angiogenesis has become a major challenge in the development of new anticancer agents, with a countless number of antiangiogenic strategies being tested in preclinical and clinical trials. The initial pessimism about the usefulness of the antiangiogenic therapeutic approach for cancer, derived from the poor results obtained in clinical trials, turned into euphoria after the approvals of the anti-VEGF monoclonal antibody bevacizumab and the multitargeted tyrosine kinase inhibitors sunitinib, sorafenib and pazopanib. Nowadays the clinical development of antiangiogenic therapies seems to be unstoppable, not only for cancer, but also for an increasing number of non-neoplasic angiogenesis-related diseases. Nevertheless, careful analysis of the clinical results reveals that therapy with angiogenesis inhibitors often does not prolong survival of cancer patients for more than months. This fact, combined with the high prices of the new antiangiogenic therapies have made a number of oncologists to doubt if they offer "good value". Moreover, recent experimental findings suggest that some antiangiogenic drugs could promote tumor invasiveness and metastasis. The success in the discovery and pharmacological development of future generations of angiogenesis inhibitors will benefit from further advances in the understanding of the mechanisms involved in human angiogenesis.

  6. Successful use of intravitreal and systemic colistin in treating multidrug resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa post-operative endophthalmitis

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    Preetam Samant

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We report a case series of post-operative endophthalmitis due to Pseudomonas aeruginosa. A total of 8 patients operated for cataract, were referred to our facility with acute onset of decreased vision 1-2 days following surgery. All patients had clinical evidence of acute exogenous endophthalmitis with severe anterior chamber exudative reaction. Ocular samples (aqueous aspirate and vitreous tap for microbiology were taken from all eyes. Microbiology from all revealed P. aeruginosa which was resistant to all antibiotics except colistin. With prompt and accurate microbiological support it was possible to control the infection in all the eyes with the use of colistin intravitreally and intravenously which to the best of our knowledge, has been never reported. Intravitreal injection of colistin could be an option effective in the management of multi-drug-resistant endophthalmitis caused by Gram-negative bacteria.

  7. Safety study of 38 503 intravitreal ranibizumab injections performed mainly by physicians in training and nurses in a hospital setting

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    Hasler, Pascal W; Bloch, Sara Brandi; Villumsen, Jørgen

    2015-01-01

    PURPOSE: To evaluate and to compare the safety of intravitreal ranibizumab injections performed by physicians and nurses at a single large hospital clinic in Denmark during 5 years. DESIGN: Retrospective, interventional, non-comparative study. METHODS: SETTING: All eyes that underwent...... a protocolized ranibizumab injection procedure performed in an operating room mainly by nurses and physicians in their first year of ophthalmology training. STUDY POPULATION: A total of 4623 eyes in 3679 patients with subretinal neovascularization secondary to a variety of retinal diseases, mainly neovascular...... detachment from 2007 to 2012. RESULTS: Overall, 38,503 intravitreal ranibizumab injections were performed in 4623 eyes. Injections were performed by nurses (32.5%), ophthalmology residents (61.3%) and vitreoretinal surgeons (6.2%). Severe complications to treatment were observed in 17 eyes: Endophthalmitis...

  8. Treatment of vitreous hemorrhage in Rh-positive patients by intravitreal injection of anti-Rho-immunoglobulin.

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    Morawiecki, J; Geursen, R G

    1985-01-01

    22 Rh-positive patients suffering from vitreous hemorrhage caused by injuries to the eye, hypertension, or associated with subarachnoid hemorrhage, were treated with anti-Rh-immunoglobulin by intravitreal injection. 8 patients (36.4%) needed only one immunoglobulin injection and rapidly regained their former visual acuity. In 2 cases with repeated hemorrhage the result of the treatment was not satisfactory. The incidence of adverse effects was low.

  9. Vitrectomy combined with periocular/intravitreal injection of steroids for rhegmatogenous retinal detachment associated with choroidal detachment.

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    Wei, Yong; Wang, Ningli; Chen, Fenghua; Wang, Huaizhou; Bi, Chuncao; Zu, Zhongqiao; Yang, Xingguang

    2014-01-01

    To study the anatomical outcome of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment combined with choroidal detachment after pars plana vitrectomy with periocular/intravitreal injection of steroids. Seventy-seven eyes that have rhegmatogenous retinal detachment combined with choroidal detachment were treated by pars plana vitrectomy with oral prednisolone (Group A) or periocular/intravitreal injection of steroids (Group B) and then divided into 5 subgroups according to different intraocular tamponade agents; Group A1: oral steroids and silicone oil, Group A2: oral steroids and C(3)F(8), Group B1: periocular/intravitreal steroid injections and silicone oil, Group B2: periocular steroid injection and silicone oil, and Group B3: periocular steroid injection and C(3)F(8). Anatomical reattachment of the retina was measured at 12 months after surgery. There was no significant difference in retinal reattachment rate between eyes in Group A and eyes in Group B (77.4% vs. 73.9%, P = 0.726). The retinal reattachment rates were 83.3% in Group A1, 69.2% in Group A2, 82.4% in Group B1, 73.3% in Group B2, and 64.3% in Group B3. There was no statistical difference in the retinal reattachment rates between any of the groups. For the treatment of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment combined with choroidal detachment, pars plana vitrectomy with periocular/intravitreal corticosteroids was comparable in reattachment rate to pars plana vitrectomy with systemic steroids, suggesting an acceptable alternative for patients with this condition who cannot tolerate systemic steroids.

  10. Intravitreal dobesilate in the treatment of choroidal neovascularisation associated with age-related macular degeneration: report of two cases

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    Cuevas, Pedro; Outeiriño, Luis; Azanza, Carlos; Giménez-Gallego, Guillermo

    2012-01-01

    This case report presents the effectiveness of intravitreal administration of dobesilate, a synthetic fibroblast growth factor inhibitor, in two patients showing neovascular age-related macular degeneration of the classic, and of the occult choroidal neovascularisation types, respectively. Our study demonstrates that the treatment induces the regression of both forms of this pathology, as assessed by spectral optical coherence tomography. Improvement of the lesions was accompanied of visual acuity improvement. PMID:22948997

  11. Efficacy of Intravitreal injection of 2-Methoxyestradiol in regression of neovascularization of a retinopathy of prematurity rat model.

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    Said, Azza Mohamed Ahmed; Zaki, Rania Gamal Eldin; Salah Eldin, Rania A; Nasr, Maha; Azab, Samar Saad; Elzankalony, Yaser Abdelmageuid

    2017-04-04

    Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is one of the targets for early detection and treatment to prevent childhood blindness in world health organization programs. The purpose of study was to evaluate the efficacy of intravitreal injection of 2-Methoxyestradiol (2-ME) nanoemulsion in regressing neovascularization of a ROP rat model. A prospective comparative case - control animal study conducted on 56 eyes of 28 healthy new born Sprague Dawley male albino rat. ROP was induced in 21 rats then two concentrations of 2-ME nanoparticles were injected in right eyes of 14 rats (low dose; study group I, high dose; study group II). A blank nanoemulsion was injected in the right eyes of seven rats (control positive group I). No injections performed in contralateral left eyes (control positive group II). Seven rats (14 eyes) were kept in room air (control negative group). On postnatal day 17, eyeballs were enucleated. Histological structure of the retina was examined using Hematoxylin and eosin staining. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) expressions were detected by immunohistochemical studies. Intravitreal injection of 2-ME (in the two concentrations) caused marked regression of the new vascular tufts on the vitreal side with normal organization and thickness of the retina especially in study group II, which also show negative VEGF immunoreaction. Positive GFAP expression was detected in the control positive groups and study group (I). Intravitreal injection of 2-Methoxyestradiol nanoemulsion is a promising effective method in reduction of neovascularization of a ROP rat model.

  12. Quantitative evaluation of hard exudates in diabetic macular edema after short-term intravitreal triamcinolone, dexamethasone implant or bevacizumab injections.

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    Shin, Yong Un; Hong, Eun Hee; Lim, Han Woong; Kang, Min Ho; Seong, Mincheol; Cho, Heeyoon

    2017-10-03

    To quantitatively compare short-term hard exudates (HEs) alteration in patients with diabetic macular edema (DME) after intravitreal triamcinolone, dexamethasone implant or bevacizumab injections. This retrospective study enrolled DME eyes with HEs that underwent a single-dose intravitreal injection of triamcinolone (25 eyes), dexamethasone implant (20 eyes), or three monthly injections of bevacizumab (25 eyes) and completed at least three months of follow-up. All patients were examined before and after 1, 2 and 3 months of injections. Using color fundus photographs, the amount of HEs was quantified by two masked graders. The difference in HEs area between baseline and each follow-up visit was compared among the three groups. After three months, HEs area was reduced to 52.9 ± 4.21% (P bevacizumab group. A significant reduction in HEs appeared at one month in the triamcinolone group (53.5 ± 4.91%, P bevacizumab does not. Therefore, intravitreal steroids may be useful in DME with HEs in the fovea.

  13. Reappraising antiangiogenic therapy for breast cancer.

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    Kerbel, Robert S

    2011-10-01

    Phase III trials of antiangiogenic drugs for metastatic breast cancer have either had only limited success, e.g. the monoclonal anti-VEGF antibody bevacizumab when used with various conventional chemotherapy regimens, or have failed altogether, e.g. the small molecule oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) sunitinib. No phase III trial has yet demonstrated an overall survival benefit and the progression free survival (PFS) benefits, when attained with bevacizumab are short, with perhaps one exception. Together, these results call for a reappraisal of using antiangiogenic drugs for breast cancer and possible strategies to improve their efficacy. Among the reasons to help explain the limited benefits observed thus far include the possibility that angiogenesis may not be a major driver of breast cancer growth, compared to some other types of cancer; that acquired resistance may develop rapidly to VEGF-pathway targeting antiangiogenic drugs, in part due to angiogenic growth factor redundancy; that optimal chemotherapy regimens have not been used in conjunction with an antiangiogenic drug; and that antiangiogenic drugs may secondarily aggravate biologic aggressiveness of the tumors, thereby reducing their overall efficacy after inducing an initial benefit. Several possible strategies are discussed for improving the efficacy of antiangiogenic drugs, including combination with different chemotherapy regimens, e.g. long term and less toxic metronomic chemotherapy protocols; validation of predictive biomarkers to individualize patient therapy; development of improved preclinical therapy models, e.g. involving advanced metastatic breast cancer, and combination with other types of anti-cancer agents especially biologies such as trastuzumab for Her2-positive breast cancer. Reasons for the current concern regarding use of antiangiogenic drug treatments for early stage cancers, including breast cancer, are also discussed. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Effects of intravitreal injection of netrin-1 in retinal neovascularization of streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats

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    Yu Y

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    Full Text Available Yao Yu,1,2,* Jing Zou,3,* Yun Han,4 Luowa Quyang,4 Hui He,4 Peihong Hu,2 Yi Shao,2 Ping Tu11Nanchang Key Laboratory of Diabetes, Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, The Third Hospital of Nanchang, Jiangxi, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Ophthalmology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University, Jiangxi Province Clinical Ophthalmology Institute, Jiangxi, People’s Republic of China; 3Department of Ophthalmology, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Hunan, People’s Republic of China; 4Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Eye Institute of Xiamen University, Fujian, People’s Republic of China*These authors have contributed equally to this workBackground: In a previous study, we confirmed that netrin-1 acts as an antiangiogenic factor by inhibiting alkali burn-induced corneal neovascularization in rats. Here, we continue working on the role of netrin-1 in retinal neovascularization.Methods: Using an in vitro angiogenesis assay, we detected the effects of netrin-1 on human umbilical vein endothelial cell tube formation, viability and proliferation, migration, and invasion at concentrations of 0.1 µg/mL or 5 µg/mL. We intravitreally injected 0.1 µg/mL or 5 µg/mL netrin-1 into streptozotocin-induced rats to assess retinal neovascularization using retinal electrophysiology and electroretinography, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, fundus fluoresce in angiography, measurement of inner blood retinal barrier, retinal hematoxylin-eosin staining, and retinal flat-mount fluorescence assays.Results: Human umbilical vein endothelial cell tube formation, viability and proliferation, migration, and invasion were upregulated by netrin-1 at a concentration of 0.1 µg/mL (P<0.05, while 5 µg/mL netrin-1 had an opposite effect (P<0.05 in our in vitro angiogenesis assay. Retinal electrophysiology testing revealed that intravitreal injection of netrin-1 affected the amplitude of a- and b

  15. Temsirolimus inhibits proliferation and migration in retinal pigment epithelial and endothelial cells via mTOR inhibition and decreases VEGF and PDGF expression.

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    Raffael Liegl

    Full Text Available Due to their high prevalence, retinal vascular diseases including age related macular degeneration (AMD, retinal vein occlusions (RVO, diabetic retinopathy (DR and diabetic macular edema have been major therapeutic targets over the last years. The pathogenesis of these diseases is complex and yet not fully understood. However, increased proliferation, migration and angiogenesis are characteristic cellular features in almost every retinal vascular disease. The introduction of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF binding intravitreal treatment strategies has led to great advances in the therapy of these diseases. While the predominant part of affected patients benefits from the specific binding of VEGF by administering an anti-VEGF antibody into the vitreous cavity, a small number of non-responders exist and alternative or additional therapeutic strategies should therefore be evaluated. The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR is a central signaling pathway that eventually triggers up-regulation of cellular proliferation, migration and survival and has been identified to play a key role in angiogenesis. In the present study we were able to show that both retinal pigment epithelial (RPE cells as wells as human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC are inhibited in proliferating and migrating after treatment with temsirolimus in non-toxic concentrations. Previous studies suggest that the production of VEGF, platelet derived growth factor (PDGF and other important cytokines is not only triggered by hypoxia but also by mTOR itself. Our results indicate that temsirolimus decreases VEGF and PDGF expression on RNA and protein levels significantly. We therefore believe that the mTOR inhibitor temsirolimus might be a promising drug in the future and it seems worthwhile to evaluate complementary therapeutic effects with anti-VEGF drugs for patients not profiting from mono anti-VEGF therapy alone.

  16. Effect of intravitreal injection of bevacizumab-chitosan nanoparticles on retina of diabetic rats

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    Yan Lu

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available AIM:To investigate the effects of intravitreal injection of bevacizumab-chitosan nanoparticles on pathological morphology of retina and the expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF protein and VEGF mRNA in the retina of diabetic rats.METHODS: Seventy-two 3-month aged diabetic rats were randomly divided into 3 groups, each containing 24 animals and 48 eyes. Both eyes of the rats in group A were injected into the vitreous at the pars plana with 3μL of physiological saline, while in groups B and C were injected with 3μL (75μg of bevacizumab and 3μL of bevacizumab-chitosan nanoparticles (containing 75μg of bevacizumab, respectively. Immunohistochemistry was used to assess retinal angiogenesis, real-time PCR assay was used to analyse the expression of VEGF mRNA, and light microscopy was used to evaluate the morphology of retinal capillaries.RESULTS:Real-time PCR assay revealed that the VEGF mRNA expression in the retina before injection was similar to 1 week after injection in group A (P>0.05, while theVEGF mRNA expression before injection significantly differed from those 4 and 8 weeks after injection (P<0.05. Retinal expression of VEGF protein and VEGF mRNA was inhibited 1 week and 4 weeks after injection (P<0.05 in group B, and the expression of VEGF protein and VEGF mRNA was obviously inhibited until 8 weeks after injection (P<0.05 in group C. Using multiple comparisons among group A, group B, and group C, the VEGF expression before injection was higher than at 1, 4 and 8 weeks after injection (P<0.05. The amount of VEGF expression was higher 8 weeks after injection than 1 week or 4 weeks after injection, and also higher 1 week after injection compared with 4 weeks after injection (P<0.05. No toxic effect on SD rats was observed with bevacizumab-chitosan nanoparticles injection alone.CONCLUSION: The results offer a new approach for inhibiting angiogenesis of diabetic retinopathy and indicate that the intravitreal injection of

  17. Inhibition of retinopathy of prematurity in rat by intravitreal injection of sorafenib

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    Li-Li Tian

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available AIM:To investigate the effect of intravitreal injection administered sorafenib, a multikinase inhibitor, in a rat model of oxygen-induced retinopathy (OIR.METHODS:Seven-day-old Sprague-Dawley rats (n=144 were randomly assigned to six groups. Group A received normal partial oxygen pressure and groups B, C, D, E and F were exposed to hyperoxia (75±2% from postnatal 7d (P7 to P12 to induce retinopathy of prematurity. The rats in groups C, D, E and F were received intravitreal injections of either vehicle (DMSO or sorafenib at P12 (5, 20 and 80 μg, respectively. Then they returned to normoxia after P12. The retinas were whole-mounted and imaged with a confocal microscopy. The vascular branching points were counted to quantify neovascularization at P17. Cross-sections of the retina were stained with hematoxylin and eosin (HE. The nuclei of new vessels breaking the internal limiting membrane were counted to quantify the proliferative neovascular response.RESULTS:The retinal vessel in groups B and C turned into tortuosity and a great deal of neovascularization were observed. Sorafenib-treated rats had significantly less neovascularization as compared with vehicle-treated and control rats in a dose dependent manner (P<0.05. The number of vascular branching points in A, B, C, D, E and F were 16.50±3.90, 37.44±6.47, 37.08±5.10, 30.80±6.85, 26.08±5.08 and 19.83±3.51, respectively. The number of the nuclei of retinal new vessel in A, B, C, D, E and F were 0.22±0.42, 35.66±4.70, 35.30±4.54, 27.30±4.28, 21.41±3.53, and 7.41±2.87, respectively. There were significant difference between each group (P<0.05 except groups B and C.CONCLUSION: In the rat OIR model, sorafenib could inhibit retinal neovascularization in a dose dependent manner.

  18. Surface Engineering of Porous Silicon Microparticles for Intravitreal Sustained Delivery of Rapamycin

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    Nieto, Alejandra; Hou, Huiyuan; Moon, Sang Woong; Sailor, Michael J.; Freeman, William R.; Cheng, Lingyun

    2015-01-01

    Purpose. To understand the relationship between rapamycin loading/release and surface chemistries of porous silicon (pSi) to optimize pSi-based intravitreal delivery system. Methods. Three types of surface chemical modifications were studied: (1) pSi-COOH, containing 10-carbon aliphatic chains with terminal carboxyl groups grafted via hydrosilylation of undecylenic acid; (2) pSi-C12, containing 12-carbon aliphatic chains grafted via hydrosilylation of 1-dodecene; and (3) pSiO2-C8, prepared by mild oxidation of the pSi particles followed by grafting of 8-hydrocarbon chains to the resulting porous silica surface via a silanization. Results. The efficiency of rapamycin loading follows the order (micrograms of drug/milligrams of carrier): pSiO2-C8 (105 ± 18) > pSi-COOH (68 ± 8) > pSi-C12 (36 ± 6). Powder X-ray diffraction data showed that loaded rapamycin was amorphous and dynamic drug-release study showed that the availability of the free drug was increased by 6-fold (compared with crystalline rapamycin) by using pSiO2-C8 formulation (P = 0.0039). Of the three formulations in this study, pSiO2-C8-RAP showed optimal performance in terms of simultaneous release of the active drug and carrier degradation, and drug-loading capacity. Released rapamycin was confirmed with the fingerprints of the mass spectrometry and biologically functional as the control of commercial crystalline rapamycin. Single intravitreal injections of 2.9 ± 0.37 mg pSiO2-C8-RAP into rabbit eyes resulted in more than 8 weeks of residence in the vitreous while maintaining clear optical media and normal histology of the retina in comparison to the controls. Conclusions. Porous silicon–based rapamycin delivery system using the pSiO2-C8 formulation demonstrated good ocular compatibility and may provide sustained drug release for retina. PMID:25613937

  19. Effects of moxifloxacin exposure on the conjunctival flora and antibiotic resistance profile following repeated intravitreal injections

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    Mustafa Ataş

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available AIM:To evaluate the effects of moxifloxacin exposure on the conjunctival flora and antibiotic resistance profile following repeated intravitreal injections.METHODS:Seventy-two eyes of 36 patients [36 eyes in control group, 36 eyes in intravitreal injection (IVI group] were enrolled in the study. All the eyes had at least one IVI and had diabetic macular edema (DME or age-related macular degeneration (ARMD. Moxifloxacin was prescribed to all the patients four times a day for five days following injection. Conjunctival cultures were obtained from the lower fornix via standardized technique with every possible effort made to minimize contamination from the lids, lashes, or skin. Before the application of any ophthalmic medication, conjunctival cultures were obtained from both eyes using sterile cotton culture. An automated microbiology system was used to identify the growing bacteria and determine antibiotic sensitivity. RESULTS:The bacterial cultures were isolated from 72 eyes of 36 patients, sixteen of whom patients (44.4% were male and twenty (55.6% were female. Average age was 68.4±9.0 (range 50-86. The average number of injections before taking cultures was 3.1+1.0. Forty-eight (66.7% of 72 eyes had at least one significant organism. There was no bacterial growth in 8 (20.5% of IVI eyes and in 16 (44.4% of control eyes (P=0.03. Of the bacteria isolated from culture, 53.8% of coagulase negative staphylococci (CoNS in IVI eyes and 47.2% CoNS in control eyes. This difference between IVI eyes and control eyes about bacteria isolated from culture was not statistically significant (P=0.2. Eleven of 25 bacteria (44.0% isolated from IVI eyes and 11 (57.9% of 19 bacteria isolated from control eyes were resistant to oxacillin. The difference in frequency of moxifloxacine resistance between two groups was not statistically significant (12.0% in IVI eyes and 21.1% in control eyes (P=0.44. There were no cases of resistance to vancomycin, teicoplanin and

  20. Clinical research on intravitreal injection of bevacizumab in the treatment of macula lutea and retinal edema of ocular fundus disease.

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    Yan, Ying; Wang, Tao; Cao, Jing; Wang, Meng; Li, Fenghua

    2015-07-01

    This paper aimed to explore clinically curative effect of intravitreal injection of bevacizumab in the treatment of macula lutea and retinal edema of ocular fundus disease. The number of 300 patients (390 eyes) with ocular fundus diseases including retinal vein occlusion (RVO), diabetic retinopathy (DR), age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC), choridal new vessel (CNV) received and cured in the hospital from February 2010 to February 2014 were given intravitreal injection of bevacizumab (1.5mg) with once per month and a total of 2-3 times. Results of patients' vision and fluorescence fundus angiography (FFA), optical coherence tomography (OCT) before and after treatment were compared and curative effects were evaluated. Vision of 349 eyes (89.49%) improved obviously with the average of more than 2 lines, patient's intraocular pressure (IOP) was normal and all indexes were clearly better; vision of 26 eyes (6.67%) was stable before the treatment and without any changes after the treatment, the situation of fundus got better without increased IOP; vision of 15 eyes (3.85%) decreased to some extent, and the symptoms eased slightly after symptomatic treatment. In the 1st day after intravitreal injection, best-corrected visual acuity increased to 0.239±0.175, best-corrected visual acuity in 1 m was 0.315±0.182, in 3m continuously climbed to 0.350±0.270, and in 6 m was 0.362±0.282. Compared with vision before injection, t value was t=3.184, t=7.213, t=9.274 and t=9.970 (P=0.002, P=0.000, P=0.000 and P=0.000) respectively, and all P were less than 0.01. Furthermore, the difference was significant if a=0.01, which could confirm that 1m best corrected visual acuity of patients after intravitreal injection improved clearly in combination with before injection and 3m and 6 m visions enhanced constantly after injection. To sum up, intravitreal injection of bevacizumab in treating ocular fundus disease improves patient's vision

  1. New insights in diagnosis and treatment for Retinopathy of Prematurity.

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    Cernichiaro-Espinosa, Linda A; Olguin-Manriquez, Francisco J; Henaine-Berra, Andree; Garcia-Aguirre, Gerardo; Quiroz-Mercado, Hugo; Martinez-Castellanos, Maria A

    2016-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to review current perspectives on diagnosis and treatment of Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). We performed a systematic review of how much has been produced in research published online and on print regarding ROP in different settings around the world. Early Treatment for ROP (ETROP) classification is the currently accepted classification of ROP. Fluorescein angiography and spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) may eventually lead to changes in the definition of ROP, and as a consequence, they will serve as a guide for treatment. Intravitreal anti-VEGF therapy has proven to be more effective in terms of lowering recurrence, allowing growth of the peripheral retina, and diminishing the incidence of retinal detachment when proliferative ROP is diagnosed. Whether anti-VEGF plus laser are better than any of these therapies separately remains a subject of discussion. Telemedicine is evolving everyday to allow access to remote areas that do not count with a retina specialist for treatment. A management algorithm is proposed according to our reference center experience. ROP is an evolving subject, with a vulnerable population of study that, once treated with good results, leads to a reduction in visual disability and in consequence, in a lifetime improvement.

  2. New Therapeutic Approaches in Diabetic Retinopathy

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    Vaziri, Kamyar; Schwartz, Stephen G.; Relhan, Nidhi; Kishor, Krishna S.; Flynn Jr, Harry W.

    2015-01-01

    Diabetic retinopathy is a common microvascular complication of diabetes mellitus. It affects a substantial proportion of US adults over age 40. The condition is a leading cause of visual loss. Much attention has been given to expanding the role of current treatments along with investigating various novel therapies and drug delivery methods. In the treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME), intravitreal pharmacotherapies, especially anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) agents, have gained popularity. Currently, anti-VEGF agents are often used as first-line agents in center-involved DME, with recent data suggesting that among these agents, aflibercept leads to better visual outcomes in patients with worse baseline visual acuities. While photocoagulation remains the standard treatment for proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR), recent FDA approvals of ranibizumab and aflibercept in the management of diabetic retinopathy associated with DME may suggest a potential for pharmacologic treatments of PDR as well. Novel therapies, including small interfering RNAs, chemokines, kallikrein-kinin inhibitors, and various anti-angiogenic agents, are currently being evaluated for the management of diabetic retinopathy and DME. In addition to these strategies, novel drug delivery methods such as sustained-release implants and refillable reservoir implants are either under active evaluation or have recently gained FDA approval. This review provides an update on the novel developments in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy. PMID:26676668

  3. Growing tumor vessels: more than one way to skin a cat - implications for angiogenesis targeted cancer therapies.

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    Leite de Oliveira, Rodrigo; Hamm, Alexander; Mazzone, Massimiliano

    2011-04-01

    The establishment of a functional, integrated vascular system is instrumental for tissue growth and homeostasis. Without blood vessels no adequate nutrition and oxygen would be provided to cells, nor could the undesired waste products be efficiently removed. Blood vessels constitute therefore one of the largest and most complex body network whose assembly depends on the precise balance of growth factors acting in a complementary and coordinated manner with cells of several identities. However, the vessels that are crucial for life can also foster death, given their involvement in cancer progression towards malignancy and metastasis. Targeting tumor vasculature has thus arisen as an appealing anti-cancer therapeutic approach. Since the milestone achievements that vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) blockade suppressed angiogenesis and tumor growth in mice and prolonged the survival of cancer patients when administered in combination with chemotherapy, the clinical development of anti-VEGF(R) drugs has accelerated remarkably. FDA has approved the use of bevacizumab - a humanized monoclonal antibody against VEGF - in colorectal, lung and metastatic breast cancers in combination with standard chemotherapy. Additional broad-spectrum VEGF receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors, such as sunitinib and sorafenib, are used in monotherapy for metastatic renal carcinoma, while sunitinib is also approved for imatinib resistant gastrointestinal stromal tumors and sorafenib for advanced stage hepatocellular carcinoma. Nevertheless, the survival benefit offered by VEGF(R) blockers, either as single agents or in combination with chemotherapy, is calculated merely in the order of months. Posterior studies in preclinical models have reported that despite reducing primary tumor growth, the inhibition of VEGF increased tumor invasiveness and metastasis. The clinical implications of these findings urge the need to reconcile these conflicting results. Anti-angiogenic therapy

  4. Intravitreal Triamcinolone for Acute Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion: a Randomized Clinical Trial

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    Alireza Ramezani

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To evaluate the therapeutic effect of intravitreal triamcinolone (IVT injection for recent branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO. Methods: In a randomized controlled clinical trial, 30 phakic eyes with recent (less than 10 weeks′ duration BRVO were assigned to two groups. The treatment group (16 eyes received 4 mg IVT and the control group (14 eyes received subconjunctival sham injections. Changes in visual acuity (VA were the main outcome measure. Results: VA and central macular thickness (CMT changes were not significantly different between the study groups at any time point. Within group analysis showed significant VA improvement from baseline in the IVT group up to three months (P 0.05. Significant reduction in CMT was noticed only in the treatment group (‑172 ± 202 μm, P = 0.029 and at 4 months. Ocular hypertension occurred in 4 (25% and 2 (14.3% eyes in the IVT and control groups, respectively. Conclusion: A single IVT injection had a non-significant beneficial effect on VA and CMT in acute BRVO as compared to the natural history of the condition. The 3-month deferred treatment protocol advocated by the Branch Vein Occlusion Study Group may be a safer option than IVT injection considering its potential side effects.

  5. A prospective randomized evaluation of topical gatifloxacin on conjunctival flora in patients undergoing intravitreal injections.

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    Moss, Jason M; Sanislo, Steven R; Ta, Christopher N

    2009-08-01

    We sought to assess the efficacy of 3-day topical gatifloxacin use in combination with povidone-iodine (PVI) versus PVI alone in eliminating conjunctival bacterial flora in patients scheduled to undergo intravitreal (IVT) injection. Prospective, randomized single-blind clinical trial. We included 129 patients scheduled to undergo 273 IVT injections at California Vitreoretinal Center at Stanford University. Study patients were randomized to self-administration of gatifloxacin drops for 3 days before injection, or no pretreatment antibiotics. Cultures were collected from the bulbar conjunctiva at the injection site and at the corresponding location in the fellow eye before PVI preparation. After topical PVI treatment and immediately before injection, a third culture was obtained at the injection site. Additionally, the injection needle was also cultured after the procedure. Incidence of positive bacterial samples collected from injection site conjunctiva and injection needles. Three-day gatifloxacin use resulted in a significantly lower rate of SeptiChek (Becton Dickinson, Franklin Lakes, NJ) positive cultures compared with untreated controls (21% vs 48% respectively, P = 0.005). After topical PVI, the rate of positive bacterial cultures in gatifloxacin-treated and control eyes were similar (8% and 4%, respectively; P = 0.324). Although 3-day topical gatifloxacin use is effective in reducing the frequency of conjunctival bacterial growth relative to untreated eyes, antibiotic use confers no additional benefit in combination with PVI than eyes receiving PVI alone. This supports that topical PVI is an effective preinjection monotherapy for infection prophylaxis in the setting of IVT injections.

  6. Antibiotic susceptibility patterns of ocular bacterial flora in patients undergoing intravitreal injections.

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    Moss, Jason M; Sanislo, Steven R; Ta, Christopher N

    2010-11-01

    To determine the antibiotic susceptibility patterns of conjunctival flora in patients undergoing intravitreal (IVT) injection. Prospective, observational study. Patients (n = 85) scheduled to undergo 136 IVT injections at California Vitreoretinal Center at Stanford University. Conjunctival cultures were obtained on the day of the IVT injection from the injection site bulbar conjunctiva before the application of povidone-iodine or antibiotics. Bacterial isolates were identified and tested for antibiotic susceptibility using either the Kirby-Bauer disc-diffusion technique or MicroScan-WalkAway system. Our analysis included 136 samples collected from 90 eyes of 85 patients. Of those with positive cultures (n = 65), the most common bacterial isolates were coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS), comprising 59 (83%) of the 71 bacterial strains. Among the CNS, all were susceptible to vancomycin and >80% were susceptible to gentamicin, chloramphenicol, tetracycline, and imipenem. Between 60% and 80% of the CNS were susceptible to the cephalosporins and newer generation fluoroquinolones. Fewer than 60% were susceptible to the penicillin analogs, erythromycin, and the earlier generation fluoroquinolones. Nearly half of the CNS (47%) were resistant to oxacillin/methicillin. Bacteria isolated from the injection site of patients undergoing IVT injections were mostly CNS. Most are sensitive to vancomycin, gentamicin, and chloramphenicol. Proprietary or commercial disclosure may be found after the references. Copyright © 2010 American Academy of Ophthalmology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Intravitreal Implantation of Genetically Modified Autologous Bone Marrow-Derived Stem Cells for Treating Retinal Disorders.

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    Tracy, Christopher J; Sanders, Douglas N; Bryan, Jeffrey N; Jensen, Cheryl A; Castaner, Leilani J; Kirk, Mark D; Katz, Martin L

    2016-01-01

    A number of retinal degenerative diseases may be amenable to treatment with continuous intraocular delivery of therapeutic agents that cannot be delivered effectively to the retina via systemic or topical administration. Among these disorders are lysosomal storage diseases resulting from deficiencies in soluble lysosomal enzymes. Most cells, including those of the retina, are able to take up these enzymes and incorporate them in active form into their lysosomes. In theory, therefore, continuous intraocular administration of a normal form of a soluble lysosomal enzyme should be able to cure the molecular defect in the retinas of subjects lacking this enzyme. Experiments were conducted to determine whether genetically modified bone marrow-derived stem cells implanted into the vitreous could be used as -vehicles for continuous delivery of such enzymes to the retina. Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from normal mice were implanted into the vitreous of mice undergoing retinal degeneration as a result of a mutation in the PPT1 gene. The implanted cells appeared to survive indefinitely in the vitreous without proliferating or invading the retina. This indicates that intravitreal implantation of MSCs is likely a safe means of long-term delivery of proteins synthesized by the implanted cells. Experiments have been initiated to test the efficacy of using genetically modified autologous MSCs to inhibit retinal degeneration in a canine model of neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis.

  8. Macular Edema Formation and Deterioration of Retinal Function after Intravitreal Bevacizumab Injection for Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy

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    Hisanori Imai

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To report a case of proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR showing transient macular edema (ME and deteriorated retinal function after intravitreal bevacizumab injection (IVB. Methods and Results: A 53-year-old man received IVB (1.25 mg/0.05 ml in both eyes for the treatment of PDR. There was no treatment-related complication. However, he complained of photopsia in both eyes 6 h after the injection. Slit-lamp examination revealed mild cellular infiltrations (1+ in the anterior chamber in both eyes. Optical coherence tomography showed ME formation in the left eye. Both full-field and multifocal electroretinography (ERG revealed the deterioration of all parameters in both eyes compared with pretreatment. The inflammation in the anterior segment and ME disappeared 1 day after the injection. ERG parameters were improved 9 days after the injection, except for the N1 and P1 amplitude of multifocal ERG in the left eye. Conclusion: We propose that patients who undergo IVB should be carefully informed and followed up for possible complications including temporal ME formation and retinal function deterioration.

  9. Retreatment of Exudative Age-Related Macular Degeneration after Loading 3-Monthly Intravitreal Ranibizumab.

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    Sugiyama, Atsushi; Sakurada, Yoichi; Honda, Shigeru; Miki, Akiko; Matsumiya, Wataru; Yoneyama, Seigo; Kikushima, Wataru; Iijima, Hiroyuki

    2018-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical implications of required retreatment after 3-monthly intravitreal ranibizumab (IVR) injections followed by as-needed reinjections up to 5 years in eyes with exudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD). A retrospective cohort study was conducted for 165 treatment-naïve eyes from 165 patients with exudative AMD. Visual changes were investigated in terms of the required retreatments. Retreatment-free proportions were 37.0, 23.7, 16.6, 12.1, and 10.5% at 12, 24, 36, 48, and 60 months, respectively. Visual changes were significantly better in eyes which did not require retreatment at every yearly checkpoint within the 5 years. A multivariate logistic regression analysis revealed that requirement of additional IVR treatments in the first 12-24 months was associated with the T allele (risk allele) of ARMS2 A69S (p = 0.010 and 0.015, respectively). Cox regression analysis revealed that older age (p = 0.046) and the T allele of ARMS2 A69S (p = 0.036) were associated with required retreatment within the 5-year follow-up period. Age and the T allele of ARMS2 A69S are the risk factors requiring retreatments, leading to poor visual change in eyes with exudative AMD following the initial 3-monthly IVR. © 2017 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  10. Tempol protects against intravitreous indocyanine green-induced retinal damage in rats.

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    Thaler, Sebastian; Voykov, Bogomil; Willmann, Gabriel; Fiedorowicz, Michal; Rejdak, Robert; Gekeler, Florian; May, C Albrecht; Schatz, Andreas; Schuettauf, Frank

    2012-11-01

    Indocyanine green (ICG) has been widely used as a vital dye for macular surgery. However, ICG can be toxic to retinal cells. Here we evaluate whether tempol (4-hydroxy-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl), a free radical scavenger, can protect against ICG-induced retinal damage in rats. Brown Norway rats received intravitreal injections of ICG 0.5 % or BSS as controls. Tempol (20 mg/kg BW) or PBS as a control was administered intraperitoneally 24 h and 30 min before ICG and once daily for 7 consecutive days. Tempol was detected in the retina using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. One week after ICG injections, the effects of tempol on retinal toxicity were assessed by retinal ganglion cell (RGC) back-labeling and by light microscopy. Electroretinography (ERG) was performed after 1 and 2 weeks. ICG administration reduced RGC numbers by 17 % (1,943 ± 45 vs. 2,342 ± 31 RGCs/mm(2)). Tempol treatment rescued RGCs in a significant manner (2,258 ± 36, p tempol-treated group. Tempol significantly attenuates ICG-induced toxicity in rat retinas and may therefore be considered for further evaluation as accompanying treatment in ICG-assisted chromovitrectomy.

  11. Sustaining Intravitreal Residence With L-Arginine Peptide-Conjugated Nanocarriers.

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    Li, Hao; Liu, Wenzhong; Sorenson, Christine M; Sheibani, Nader; Albert, Daniel M; Senanayake, Thulani; Vinogradov, Serguei; Henkin, Jack; Zhang, Hao F

    2017-10-01

    Intravitreal injection of antiangiogenic agents is becoming a standard treatment for neovascular retinal diseases. Sustained release of therapeutics by injecting colloidal carriers is a promising approach to reduce the injection frequency, which reduces treatment burdens and the risk of complications on patients. Such sustained release often requires carriers to have micrometer-scale dimension that, however, can potentially promote glaucoma and inflammation. Small, polycationic particles can be immobilized in vitreous through multiple cooperative ionic interactions with hyaluronic acid of the vitreous interior, but such particles are generally toxic. Here, we synthesized and examined a biocompatible dextran-based nanocarrier (L-arginine with minimal toxicity, aiming to provide sustained release of therapeutic drugs in vitreous. We synthesized the nanocarriers with condensed cholesteryl dextran (CDEX) as core material. Cationic peptides containing 1 to 4 arginine groups, along with fluorescence tags, were conjugated to the CDEX surface. We monitored the carrier diffusion rate ex vivo and half-lives in vivo in rodent vitreous using fluorescence imaging. We evaluated the toxicity by histological examinations at the second, third, eighth, and thirty-sixth week. The diffusion rate of nanocarriers was inversely related to zeta potential values in freshly isolated vitreous humor. We observed increased half-lives in vivo with increasing zeta potential (up to 240 days). Histological examinations confirmed no adverse effects on ocular morphology and organization. We demonstrated the potential of L-arginine peptide-conjugated nanocarriers toward safe and sustained therapeutic release system for posterior eye diseases.

  12. Posterior Pole Sparing Laser Photocoagulation Combined with Intravitreal Bevacizumab Injection in Posterior Retinopathy of Prematurity

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    Rebecca Kim

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To report the results of the posterior pole sparing laser photocoagulation combined with intravitreal bevacizumab injection (IVB in retinopathy of prematurity (ROP. Methods. A retrospective chart review of premature babies with ROP, all of whom received laser photocoagulation with IVB. Eleven eyes of 6 infants with advanced zone I ROP underwent laser ablation sparing posterior pole with concurrent IVB. The results were compared with those of full-laser treatment combined with IVB to 8 eyes of 5 infants with advanced ROP without involvement of the posterior pole. Results. The posterior pole sparing laser with IVB was performed with zone I, stage 3+ ROP at the mean postmenstrual age of 36 weeks and 5 days. The plus sign decreased significantly at postoperative day 1, the neovascular proliferation regressed by postoperative week 1, and the normal vascularization started at postoperative day 32 on the average. Two months after treatment, vascularization of the spared avascular area was completed. There was no macular dragging, tractional retinal detachment, foveal destruction by laser scars, or any other adverse event. No significant anatomical differences were identified from those of full-laser ablation combined with IVB. Conclusions. Posterior pole sparing laser with IVB can give favorable results without destruction of posterior pole retina.

  13. Ex vivo investigation of ocular tissue distribution following intravitreal administration of connexin43 mimetic peptide using the microdialysis technique and LC-MS/MS.

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    Bisht, Rohit; Mandal, Abhirup; Rupenthal, Ilva D; Mitra, Ashim K

    2016-12-01

    This study aimed to develop and evaluate an ex vivo eye model for intravitreal drug sampling and tissue distribution of connexin43 mimetic peptide (Cx43MP) following intravitreal injection using the microdialysis technique and LC-MS/MS. An LC-MS/MS method was developed, validated, and applied for quantification of Cx43MP in ocular tissues. Microdialysis probes were calibrated for in vitro recovery studies. Bovine eyes were fixed in a customized eye holder and after intravitreal injection of Cx43MP, microdialysis probes were implanted in the vitreous body. Vitreous samples were collected at particular time intervals over 24 h. Moreover, 24 and 48 h after intravitreal injection ocular tissues were collected, processed, and analyzed for Cx43MP concentrations using LC-MS/MS. The LC-MS/MS method showed good linearity (r 2  = 0.9991). The mean percent recovery for lower (LQC), medium (MQC), and higher quality control (HQC) (0.244, 3.906, and 125 μg/mL) was found to be 83.83, 84.92, and 94.52, respectively, with accuracy ranges between 96 and 99 % and limits of detection (LOD) and quantification (LOQ) of 0.122 and 0.412 μg/mL. The in vitro recovery of the probes was found to be over 80 %. As per microdialysis sample analysis, the Cx43MP concentration was found to increase slowly in the vitreous body up to 16 h and thereafter declined. After 48 h, the Cx43MP concentration was higher in vitreous, cornea, and retina compared to lens, iris, and aqueous humor. This ex vivo model may therefore be a useful tool to investigate intravitreal kinetics and ocular disposition of therapeutic molecules after intravitreal injection.

  14. Long-Term Visual Outcomes for a Treat and Extend Anti-Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Regimen in Eyes with Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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    Sarah Mrejen

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available With the advent of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF therapy, clinicians are now focused on various treatment strategies to better control neovascular age-related macular degeneration (NVAMD, a leading cause of irreversible blindness. Herein, we retrospectively reviewed consecutive patients with treatment-naïve NVAMD initially classified based on fluorescein angiography (FA alone or with an anatomic classification utilizing both FA and optical coherence tomography (OCT and correlated long-term visual outcomes of these patients treated with an anti-VEGF Treat-and-Extend Regimen (TER with baseline characteristics including neovascular phenotype. Overall, 185 patients (210 eyes were followed over an average of 3.5 years (range 1–6.6 with a retention rate of 62.9%, and visual acuity significantly improved with a TER that required a mean number of 8.3 (±1.6 (± standard deviation intravitreal anti-VEGF injections/year (range 4–13. The number of injections and the anatomic classification were independent predictors of visual acuity at 6 months, 1, 2, 3 and 4 years. Patients with Type 1 neovascularization had better visual outcomes and received more injections than the other neovascular subtypes. There were no serious adverse events. A TER provided sustained long-term visual gains. Eyes with Type 1 neovascularization had better visual outcomes than those with other neovascular subtypes.

  15. Critical appraisal of ranibizumab in the treatment of diabetic macular edema

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    Stewart MW

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Michael W StewartDepartment of Ophthalmology, Mayo School of Medicine, Jacksonville, FL, USAAbstract: Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among individuals of working age in industrialized nations, with most of the vision loss resulting from diabetic macular edema (DME. The formation of DME depends on the action of several growth factors and inflammatory mediators, but vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF appears to be critical for breaking down the blood-retinal barrier and promoting the accumulation of macular edema. Laser photocoagulation has been the standard-of-care for three decades, and although it stabilizes vision, significant gains in visual acuity after treatment are unusual. Several VEGF inhibitors (pegaptanib, aflibercept, and ranibizumab have been initially developed and tested for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration and subsequently for DME. In Phase I, II, and III trials for DME, ranibizumab has been shown to be superior to macular laser photocoagulation and intraocular triamcinolone acetonide injections for improving visual acuity and drying the macula. As a result, ranibizumab is the only anti-VEGF drug that has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of DME. Most experts now consider intravitreal anti-VEGF therapy to be standard-of-care for DME involving the fovea.Keywords: aflibercept, bevacizumab, diabetic macular edema, diabetic retinopathy, ranibizumab, vascular endothelial growth factor

  16. Management of pseudophakic cystoid macular edema.

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    Guo, Suqin; Patel, Shriji; Baumrind, Ben; Johnson, Keegan; Levinsohn, Daniel; Marcus, Edward; Tannen, Brad; Roy, Monique; Bhagat, Neelakshi; Zarbin, Marco

    2015-01-01

    Pseudophakic cystoid macular edema (PCME) is a common complication following cataract surgery. Acute PCME may resolve spontaneously, but some patients will develop chronic macular edema that affects vision and is difficult to treat. This disease was described more than 50 years ago, and there are multiple options for clinical management. We discuss mechanisms, clinical efficacy, and adverse effects of these treatment modalities. Topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents and corticosteroids are widely used and, when combined, may have a synergistic effect. Intravitreal corticosteroids and anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) agents have shown promise when topical medications either fail or have had limited effects. Randomized clinical studies evaluating anti-VEGF agents are needed to fully evaluate benefits and risks. When PCME is either refractory to medical therapy or is associated with significant vitreous involvement, pars plana vitrectomy has been shown to improve outcomes, though it is associated with additional risks. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Cas9/sgRNA selective targeting of the P23H Rhodopsin mutant allele for treating retinitis pigmentosa by intravitreal AAV9.PHP.B-based delivery.

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    Giannelli, Serena G; Luoni, Mirko; Castoldi, Valerio; Massimino, Luca; Cabassi, Tommaso; Angeloni, Debora; Demontis, Gian Carlo; Leocani, Letizia; Andreazzoli, Massimiliano; Broccoli, Vania

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    P23H is the most common mutation in the RHODOPSIN (RHO) gene leading to a dominant form of retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a rod photoreceptor degeneration that invariably causes vision loss. Specific disruption of the disease P23H RHO mutant while preserving the wild-type (WT) functional allele would be an invaluable therapy for this disease. However, various technologies tested in the past failed to achieve effective changes and consequently therapeutic benefits. We validated a CRISPR/Cas9 strategy to specifically inactivate the P23H RHO mutant, while preserving the WT allele in vitro. We, then, translated this approach in vivo by delivering the CRISPR/Cas9 components in murine Rho+/P23H mutant retinae. Targeted retinae presented a high rate of cleavage in the P23H but not WT Rho allele. This gene manipulation was sufficient to slow photoreceptor degeneration and improve retinal functions. To improve the translational potential of our approach, we tested intravitreal delivery of this system by means of adeno-associated viruses (AAVs). To this purpose, the employment of the AAV9-PHP.B resulted the most effective in disrupting the P23H Rho mutant. Finally, this approach was translated successfully in human cells engineered with the homozygous P23H RHO gene mutation. Overall, this is a significant proof-of-concept that gene allele specific targeting by CRISPR/Cas9 technology is specific and efficient and represents an unprecedented tool for treating RP and more broadly dominant genetic human disorders affecting the eye, as well as other tissues.

  18. Intravitreal delivery of a novel AAV vector targets ON bipolar cells and restores visual function in a mouse model of complete congenital stationary night blindness.

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    Scalabrino, Miranda L; Boye, Sanford L; Fransen, Kathryn M H; Noel, Jennifer M; Dyka, Frank M; Min, Seok Hong; Ruan, Qing; De Leeuw, Charles N; Simpson, Elizabeth M; Gregg, Ronald G; McCall, Maureen A; Peachey, Neal S; Boye, Shannon E

    2015-11-01

    Adeno-associated virus (AAV) effectively targets therapeutic genes to photoreceptors, pigment epithelia, Müller glia and ganglion cells of the retina. To date, no one has shown the ability to correct, with gene replacement, an inherent defect in bipolar cells (BCs), the excitatory interneurons of the retina. Targeting BCs with gene replacement has been difficult primarily due to the relative inaccessibility of BCs to standard AAV vectors. This approach would be useful for restoration of vision in patients with complete congenital stationary night blindness (CSNB1), where signaling through the ON BCs is eliminated due to mutations in their G-protein-coupled cascade genes. For example, the majority of CSNB1 patients carry a mutation in nyctalopin (NYX), which encodes a protein essential for proper localization of the TRPM1 cation channel required for ON BC light-evoked depolarization. As a group, CSNB1 patients have a normal electroretinogram (ERG) a-wave, indicative of photoreceptor function, but lack a b-wave due to defects in ON BC signaling. Despite retinal dysfunction, the retinas of CSNB1 patients do not degenerate. The Nyx(nob) mouse model of CSNB1 faithfully mimics this phenotype. Here, we show that intravitreally injected, rationally designed AAV2(quadY-F+T-V) containing a novel 'Ple155' promoter drives either GFP or YFP_Nyx in postnatal Nyx(nob) mice. In treated Nyx(nob) retina, robust and targeted Nyx transgene expression in ON BCs partially restored the ERG b-wave and, at the cellular level, signaling in ON BCs. Our results support the potential for gene delivery to BCs and gene replacement therapy in human CSNB1. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  19. Efficacy of intravitreal injection of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor agents for stage 4 retinopathy of prematurity.

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    Cheng, Hui-Chen; Lee, Shui-Mei; Hsieh, Yi-Ting; Lin, Po-Kang

    2015-04-01

    To investigate the efficacy of intravitreal injection of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor agents for Stage 4 retinopathy of prematurity. Retrospective case series study. The medical records of patients receiving intravitreal injection of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor agents for Stage 4 retinopathy of prematurity from January 2007 to May 2012 in Taipei Veterans General Hospital were reviewed. A total of 13 eyes of 7 patients (3 boys and 4 girls) with Stage 4 retinopathy of prematurity were included. The mean gestational age and birth weight were 27.6 ± 2.6 weeks (range, 24.5-30.5 weeks) and 893.1 ± 293.2 g (range, 550-1422 g), respectively. The mean age at the time of injection was 38.2 ± 1.9 weeks (range, 36.0-41.5 weeks) postmenstrual age, and the mean follow-up period was 37.8 ± 19.5 months (range, 11.0-67.5 months). The active neovascularization regressed rapidly, and the anatomical outcomes were favorable in all patients. One eye developed recurrent retinal hemorrhage with localized retinal detachment 21 weeks after initial treatment, which resolved after a second injection. There were no ocular or systemic complications in these patients. Intravitreal injection of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor agents may be effective as monotherapy or as supplement to failed laser treatment for patients with Stage 4 retinopathy of prematurity without additional surgical intervention. Further randomized controlled trials are necessary to compare the clinical efficacy and safety with other conventional interventions.

  20. Intravitreal injection of (99)Tc-MDP inhibits the development of laser-induced choroidal neovascularization in rhesus monkeys.

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    Lai, Kunbei; Jin, Chenjin; Tu, Shu; Xiong, Yunfan; Huang, Rui; Ge, Jian

    2014-07-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the safety and efficacy of intravitreal injection of (99)Tc-MDP, a decay product of (99m)Tc-MDP, on the development of laser-induced choroidal neovascularization (CNV) in rhesus monkeys. Experimental CNV was induced by argon laser with a small high-energy laser spot. Monkeys were given 50 μL of (99)Tc-MDP at a concentration of 0.005 μg/mL (n = 6) or 0.01 μg/mL (n = 6) by intravitreal injection once a week immediately after laser injury for a period of 56 days. Control animals were treated with the same volume of PBS (n = 6) in the same way. Eyes were monitored by ophthalmic examination, color fundus photography, fluorescence fundus angiography (FFA), optical coherence tomography (OCT) and histology. Incidences of grade 4 CNV lesions as well as the leakage areas of grade 4 CNVs on the late-phase of fluorescein angiograms were measured in a standardized, randomized and masked fashion fortnightly. The maximum widths and heights of grade 4 CNVs were also calculated by histology at the end of the experiment. Toxicity of (99)Tc-MDP on the retina was evaluated by electroretinogram (ERG) and histologic analysis. (99)Tc-MDP reduced the incidences of grade 4 CNVs by 33.33 % and 39.40 % in the 0.005 μg/mL and 0.01 μg/mL groups, respectively, compared with the PBS group on day 28 (P MDP treated groups than those in the PBS group. Although intravitreal injection of (99)Tc-MDP led to mild inflammatory reaction in the anterior chamber, histology and ERG findings demonstrated that (99)Tc-MDP did not cause any change in histological structure or function of the retina (p>0.05). Intravitreal injection of (99)Tc-MDP can inhibit the development of laser-induced CNV without toxic effect on retina, suggesting that (99)Tc-MDP has therapeutic potential for CNV related diseases.

  1. Quality of bevacizumab (Avastin®) repacked in single-use glass vials for intravitreal administration.

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    Sugimoto, Michelle A A; Toledo, Vicente de Paulo Coelho Peixoto de; Cunha, Mariem Rodrigues Ribeiro; Carregal, Virginia M; Jorge, Rodrigo; Leão, Pedro; Fialho, Sílvia Ligorio; Silva-Cunha, Armando

    2017-01-01

    Avastin® (bevacizumab) is an anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) monoclonal antibody given as an off-label drug by intravitreal administration for treatment of ocular diseases. The drug's clinical application and its cost-benefit profile has generated demand for its division into single-use vials to meet the low volume and low-cost doses necessary for intraocular administration. However, the safety of compounding the drug in single-use vials is still under discussion. In this study, the stability and efficacy of Avastin® repacked in individual single-use glass vials and glass ampoules by external compounding pharmacies were evaluated. Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE), size-exclusion chromatography (SEC), dynamic light scattering (DLS), and turbidimetry were selected to detect the formation of aggregates of various sizes. Changes in bevacizumab biological efficacy were investigated by using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Repacked and reference bevacizumab showed similar results when analyzed by PAGE. By SEC, a slight increase in high molecular weight aggregates and a reduction in bevacizumab monomers were observed in the products of the three compounding pharmacies relative to those in the reference bevacizumab. A comparison of repacked and reference SEC chromatograms showed that the mean monomer loss was ≤1% for all compounding pharmacies. Protein aggregates in the nanometer- and micrometer-size ranges were not detected by DLS and turbidimetry. In the efficacy assay, the biological function of repacked bevacizumab was preserved, with <3% loss of VEGF binding capacity relative to that of the reference. The results showed that bevacizumab remained stable after compounding in ampoules and single-use glass vials; no significant aggregation, fragmentation, or loss of biological activity was observed.

  2. Long-term retinal toxicity of intravitreal commercially available preserved triamcinolone acetonide (Kenalog) in rabbit eyes.

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    Albini, Thomas A; Abd-El-Barr, Muhammad M; Carvounis, Petros E; Iyer, Mohan N; Lakhanpal, Rohit R; Pennesi, Mark E; Chevez-Barrios, Patricia; Wu, Samuel M; Holz, Eric R

    2007-01-01

    To investigate whether intravitreal Kenalog (IVTK; Bristol Meyers Squibb Company, Princeton, NJ) produces histologic or electroretinographic changes in the rabbit retina up to 3 months after injection. Ten Dutch-belted rabbits were injected with 4 mg/0.1 mL Kenalog in one eye and 0.1 mL physiologic salt solution (PSS) in the fellow eye. Simultaneous bilateral dark-adapted electroretinography was performed 2 weeks and 12 weeks after injection in 10 and 6 rabbits, respectively. Saturated a-wave amplitude, maximal scotopic b-wave amplitude, and individual a-wave and b-wave amplitudes of IVTK-injected and control eyes were compared at 2 and 12 weeks after injection. Light microscopy was performed on both eyes of three animals 3 months after injection. Immunohistochemistry was performed with antibodies recognizing vimentin and human alveolar macrophage (HAM)-56, markers of glial cells and macrophages, respectively. No significant difference was observed in the saturated a-wave or maximal scotopic b-wave amplitudes between the PSS-injected eyes and the IVTK-injected eyes at 2 weeks (P = 0.95 and P = 0.56, respectively) and 12 weeks (P = 0.82 and P = 0.17) after injection. Light microscopy and immunohistochemistry disclosed only rare macrophages in the vitreous of IVTK-injected eyes. Retinal layers, retinal pigment epithelium, and choriocapillaris in treatment and control eyes were unremarkable. No demonstrable electroretinographic or histologic changes occurred to suggest immediate or delayed widespread retinal toxicity of IVTK.

  3. Hydrosilylated Porous Silicon Particles Function as an Intravitreal Drug Delivery System for Daunorubicin

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    Hartmann, Kathrin I.; Nieto, Alejandra; Wu, Elizabeth C.; Freeman, William R.; Kim, Jae Suk; Chhablani, Jay; Sailor, Michael J.

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    Abstract Purpose To evaluate in vivo ocular safety of an intravitreal hydrosilylated porous silicon (pSi) drug delivery system along with the payload of daunorubicin (DNR). Methods pSi microparticles were prepared from the electrochemical etching of highly doped, p-type Si wafers and an organic linker was attached to the Si-H terminated inner surface of the particles by thermal hydrosilylation of undecylenic acid. DNR was bound to the carboxy terminus of the linker as a drug-loading strategy. DNR release from hydrosilylated pSi particles was confirmed in the excised rabbit vitreous using liquid chromatography–electrospray ionization–multistage mass spectrometry. Both empty and DNR-loaded hydrosilylated pSi particles were injected into the rabbit vitreous and the degradation and safety were studied for 6 months. Results The mean pSi particle size was 30×46×15 μm with an average pore size of 15 nm. Drug loading was determined as 22 μg per 1 mg of pSi particles. An ex vivo drug release study showed that intact DNR was detected in the rabbit vitreous. An in vivo ocular toxicity study did not reveal clinical or pathological evidence of any toxicity during a 6-month observation. Hydrosilylated pSi particles, either empty or loaded with DNR, demonstrated a slow elimination kinetics from the rabbit vitreous without ocular toxicity. Conclusions Hydrosilylated pSi particles can host a large quantity of DNR by a covalent loading strategy and DNR can be slowly released into the vitreous without ocular toxicity, which would appear if an equivalent quantity of free drug was injected. PMID:23448595

  4. Efficacy of Intravitreal Bevacizumab in Treatment of Proliferative Type 2 Idiopathic Juxtafoveal Telangiectasia

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    Ökkeş Baz

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    Full Text Available Objectives: To evaluate the effectiveness of intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB in patients with subretinal neovascularization secondary to type 2 juxtafoveal telangiectasia. Materials and Methods: Ten eyes of 10 patients were included in this retrospective study. All cases were treated with IVB (1.25 mg bevacizumab. Visual acuity and slit-lamp anterior and posterior segment examinations were performed at each visit. Central macular thickness (CMT and intraretinal/subretinal fluid were evaluated via spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT. Loss of a line in visual acuity chart and presence of fluid on OCT were defined as criteria for repeated treatment. Results: The mean age of patients was 66.0±7.0 years (56-75. The mean follow-up time was 54.7±16.0 month (24-72. The mean BCVA was 0.62±0.35 (0.00-1.00 logMAR at baseline and 0.54±0.35 (0.00-1.00 logMAR at final exam (p=0.03. The mean CMT was 251±25.4 µm at baseline and 239±39.3 µm at final exam (p=0.01. Patients received an average of 1.7±1.0 IVB injections during follow-up. At baseline, all cases had intraretinal/subretinal fluid. There was no fluid at final examination of all cases. Conclusion: IVB treatment may be effective in the treatment of subretinal neovascularization secondary to type 2 juxtafoveal telangiectasia.

  5. Symmetry in early response to intravitreal ranibizumab in bilateral diabetic macular oedema.

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    Guillard, Margaux; Dupas, Bénédicte; El Sanharawi, Mohamed; Erginay, Ali; Tadayoni, Ramin; Massin, Pascale

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    To study the symmetry in response to bilateral diabetic macular oedema (DME) treated with bilateral intravitreal injections of ranibizumab (IVR). The charts of 36 eyes of 18 patients treated with a loading dose of three monthly IVR in both eyes were retrospectively reviewed. Favourable anatomical response was defined as a decrease by more than 10% in baseline central macular thickness (CMT), and favourable functional response was defined as an increase in visual acuity (VA) ≥5 letters. A symmetric response was defined as a similar anatomical and/or functional response in the first (FE) and second (SE) treated eyes. The VA improved significantly after ranibizumab treatment in both eyes (p < 0.01). A statistically significant positive correlation was found for the functional response to ranibizumab between the FE and the SE (R(2)  = 0.26, p = 0.03). The mean CMT decreased significantly in both eyes (p < 0.01). A strong positive correlation was observed between the anatomical response to ranibizumab in the FE and the SE (R(2)  = 0.37, p = 0.01). Symmetric favourable anatomical and functional responses were observed in 13 patients (72%). In two additional patients, an asymmetric functional response was observed despite a decrease in retinal thickness in both eyes. Symmetric anatomical and functional responses were observed in 72% of patients with DME after three initial IVR in each eye. This finding could be of clinical interest in the decision to treat the fellow eye, in a disease where a bilateral involvement is frequent. © 2015 Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavica Foundation. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  6. Antibacterial properties of 2% lidocaine and reduced rate of endophthalmitis after intravitreal injection.

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    Tustin, Aaron; Kim, Stephen J; Chomsky, Amy; Hubbard, G Baker; Sheng, Jinsong

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    To determine whether the application of subconjunctival 2% lidocaine/0.1% methylparaben for anesthesia may reduce rates of endophthalmitis after intravitreal (IVT) injection. We performed in vitro experiments to determine the antibacterial properties of 2% lidocaine/0.1% methylparaben (lidocaine) against causative organisms of endophthalmitis. Isolates of Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and Streptococcus viridans from patients with endophthalmitis were incubated with or without lidocaine. Aliquots (100 µL) were plated on Mueller-Hinton (S. aureus and S. epidermidis) or blood agar plates (S. viridans) at 0, 10, 30, 120, and 240 minutes, and colonies were counted after 24 hours. A retrospective review of 15,042 IVT injections was performed from January 2004 to February 2011 to determine the rate of endophthalmitis with or without application of subconjunctival lidocaine for anesthesia. Lidocaine demonstrated rapid bactericidal effects against all 3 organisms. After 10 minutes of exposure, there was approximately a 90% (P < 0.01), 95% (P < 0.001), and 92% (P < 0.001) reduction in colony forming units when compared with time 0 for S. aureus, S. epidermidis, and S. viridans, respectively. Complete elimination of colony forming units occurred at subsequent time points for each organism in contrast to logarithmic increase for control plates. There were a total of 0 cases of endophthalmitis of 6,853 IVT injections performed with subconjunctival lidocaine and 8 cases of endophthalmitis of 8,189 (0.1%) IVT injections performed with other methods of anesthesia (P = 0.03). Application of subconjunctival 2% lidocaine/0.1% methylparaben for anesthesia may reduce the incidence of endophthalmitis after IVT injection.

  7. Protective effect of intravitreal administration of tresperimus, an immunosuppressive drug, on experimental autoimmune uveoretinitis.

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    Bousquet, Elodie; Camelo, Serge; Leroux les Jardins, Guillaume; Goldenberg, Brigitte; Naud, Marie-Christine; Besson-Lescure, Bernadette; Lebreton, Luc; Annat, Jocelyne; Behar-Cohen, Francine; de Kozak, Yvonne

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    To test the efficiency of locally administrated tresperimus in experimental autoimmune uveoretinitis (EAU). EAU was induced in Lewis rats by S-antigen (S-Ag) immunization. Three intravitreal injections of tresperimus (prevention or prevention/treatment protocols) were performed at different time points after immunization. The pharmacokinetics of tresperimus was evaluated in the ocular tissues and plasma. The in vitro effect of tresperimus was evaluated on macrophages. EAU was graded clinically and histologically. Blood ocular barrier permeability was evaluated by protein concentration in ocular fluids. Immune response to S-Ag was examined by delayed type hypersensitivity, the expression of inflammatory cytokines in lymph nodes, ocular fluids and serum by multiplex ELISA, and in ocular cells by RT-PCR. In vitro, tresperimus significantly reduced the production of inflammatory cytokines by lipopolysaccharide-stimulated macrophages. In vivo, in the treatment protocol, efficient tresperimus levels were measured in the eye but not in the plasma up to 8 days after the last injection. Tresperimus efficiently reduced inflammation, retinal damage, and blood ocular barrier permeability breakdown. It inhibited nitric oxide synthase-2 and nuclear factor κBp65 expression in ocular macrophages. IL-2 and IL-17 were decreased in ocular media, while IL-18 was increased. By contrast, IL-2 and IL-17 levels were not modified in inguinal lymph nodes draining the immunization site. Moreover, cytokine levels in serum and delayed type hypersensitivity to S-Ag were not different in control and treated rats. In the prevention/treatment protocol, ocular immunosuppressive effects were also observed. Locally administered tresperimus appears to be a potential immunosuppressive agent in the management of intraocular inflammation.

  8. Mechanisms of action of the anti-VEGF monoclonal antibody bevacizumab on chronic lymphocytic leukemia cells

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    Jakub Bogusz

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL remains incurable; therefore searching for new therapeutic strategies in this disease is necessary. An important mechanism of tumor development is neoangiogenesis. A potent antiangiogenic factor, bevacizumab (Avastin, AVA, has been poorly explored in CLL so far. In the current study we assessed cytotoxic activity of AVA alone or in combinations with drugs routinely used in this disease.Matherials and Methods: Cells isolated from 60 CLL patients were treated with AVA alone or in combination with anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody (MoAb, rituximab (RIT, anti-CD52 MoAb, alemtuzumab (ALT, 2-CdA (2-chlorodeoxyadenosine, FA (fludarabine, MAF (mafosfamide or RAPA (rapamycin. Cytotoxicity was assessed by propidium iodide staining. Apoptosis was evaluated using annexin-V and TUNEL assays. Additionally, a drop of mitochondrial potential (DYm as well as expression of apoptosis-regulating proteins Bax, Bak, Bid, Bad, Bcl-2, Mcl-2, XIAP, FLIP, Akt and Bcl-2-A1 were determined by flow cytometry.Results: At the dose of 40 μg/ml, after 48 hours of incubation, AVA induced significant cytotoxicity against CLL cells. The drug triggered apoptosis, with activation of caspase-3 and -9, but not caspase-8, along with a drop of DYm. Incubation with AVA induced significant overexpression of proapoptotic Bak and Bad as well as downregulation of antiapoptotic Mcl-2 and Akt proteins. Combination of AVA with RIT, ALT or RAPA significantly increased cytotoxicity when compared with the effects of single drugs.Discussion: In conclusion, this is the first report showing proapoptotic activity of AVA against CLL cells. Combination of AVA with RIT, ALT or RAPA may be a promising therapeutic strategy, which requires confirmation in further studies.

  9. Anti-VEGF treatment reduces blood supply and increases tumor cell invasion in glioblastoma

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    Keunen, O.; Johansson, M.; Oudin, A.; Sanzey, M.; Rahim, S. A.; Fack, F.; Thorsen, F.; Taxt, T.; Bartoš, M.; Jiřík, Radovan; Miletic, H.; Wang, J.; Stieber, D.; Stuhr, L.; Moen, I.; Rygh, C. B.; Bjerkvig, R.; Niclou, S.

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    Roč. 108, č. 9 (2011), s. 3749-3754 ISSN 0027-8424 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20650511 Keywords : angiogenesis * glioma * metabolism * perfusion Subject RIV: FS - Medical Facilities ; Equipment Impact factor: 9.681, year: 2011

  10. Developing a Noninvasive Procedure Using Labeled Monoclonal Antibody Anti-VEGF (Bevacizumab) for Detection of Endometriosis

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    Machado, Daniel Escorsim; Perini, Jamila Alessandra; Orlando, Margarida Maria Camoes

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    The off-label use of bevacizumab labeled with 99mTc as a new radiopharmaceutical for imaging of endometriosis is a promising noninvasive, new clinical procedure. The bevacizumab in monoclonal antibodies targeted at vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is superexpressed in cases of endometriosis. In this study we evaluate the imaging of endometriosis lesion in rats (induced to endometriosis) using bevacizumab-99mTc. The results showed that bevacizumab-99mTc imaged the lesion and support his use for Nuclear Medicine applied to gynecology. Also the results appointed that this radiopharmaceutical has a hepatobiliary excretion. It is important to notice that the dose used was almost 0,01% of the usual dose for the bevacizumab. PMID:26240826

  11. Insight into 144 patients with ocular vascular events during VEGF antagonist injections

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    Shami M

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    Full Text Available Ahmad M Mansour1, Maha Shahin2, Peter K Kofoed3, Maurizio B Parodi4, Michel Shami5, Stephen G Schwartz6, Collaborative Anti-VEGF Ocular Vascular Complications GroupDepartment of Ophthalmology, 1American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, Rafic Hariri University Hospital, Beirut, Lebanon; 2Mansoura University, Mansoura City, Egypt; 3Glostrup Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, National Eye Clinic, Kennedy Center, Glostrup, Denmark; 4University Vita-Salute, Scientific Institute San Raffaele, Milan, Italy; 5Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX, USA; 6Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Naples and Miami, FL, USAAim: To record ocular vascular events following injections of vascular endothelium growth factor (VEGF antagonists.Methods: Collaborative multicenter case series (48 cases, literature reviews (32 cases, and reports to the FDA (64 cases of patients that had vascular occlusions during anti-VEGF therapy were collected and analyzed.Results: A total of 144 cases of ocular vascular events were identified, with these diagnosed a median of 15 days after anti-VEGF injection. The majority of patients had pre-existing risk factors for cardiovascular events and nine patients had a prior history of glaucoma. Mean visual acuity dropped by 6.4 lines with severe visual loss after injection to NLP (five eyes, LP (six eyes, and HM (two eyes. The overall risk of ocular vascular events following a VEGF antagonist injection was 0.108% in the general population and 2.61% in the diabetic population. Mean retinal arterial constriction after intravitreal bevacizumab in 13 eyes was 21% (standard deviation = 27%, and mean retinal venous constriction was 8% (standard deviation = 30%.Conclusion: Ocular vascular events are rare during anti-VEGF therapy, but can lead to severe visual loss and may be caused by a number of factors including the vasoconstrictor effect of the drug, a post-injection rise

  12. Observation of Human Retinal Remodeling in Octogenarians with a Resveratrol Based Nutritional Supplement

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    Donn Carroll

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    Full Text Available Purpose: Rare spontaneous remissions from age-related macular degeneration (AMD suggest the human retina has large regenerative capacity, even in advanced age. We present examples of robust improvement of retinal structure and function using an OTC oral resveratrol (RV based nutritional supplement called Longevinex® or L/RV (circa 2004, Resveratrol Partners, LLC, Las Vegas, NV, USA. RV, a polyphenolic phytoalexin caloric-restriction mimic, induces hormesis at low doses with widespread beneficial effects on systemic health. RV alone inhibits neovascularization in the murine retina. Thus far, published evidence includes L/RV mitigation of experimentally induced murine cardiovascular reperfusion injury, amelioration of human atherosclerosis serum biomarkers in a human Japanese randomized placebo controlled trial, modulation of micro RNA 20b and 539 that control hypoxia-inducing-factor (HIF-1 and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF genes in the murine heart (RV inhibited micro RNA20b 189-fold, L/RV 1366-fold. Little is known about the effects of L/RV on human ocular pathology. Methods: Absent FDA IRB approval, but with permission from our Chief of Staff and medical center IRB, L/RV is reserved for AMD patients, on a case-by-case compassionate care basis. Patients include those who progress on AREDS II type supplements, refuse intra-vitreal anti-VEGF injections or fail to respond to Lucentis®, Avastin® or Eylea®. Patients are clinically followed traditionally as well as with multi-spectral retinal imaging, visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, cone glare recovery and macular visual fields. Three cases are presented. Results: Observed dramatic short-term anti-VEGF type effect including anatomic restoration of retinal structure with a suggestion of improvement in choroidal blood flow by near IR multispectral imaging. The visual function improvement mirrors the effect seen anatomically. The effect is bilateral with the added benefit of better

  13. Intravitreal injection analysis at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute: evaluation of clinical indications for the treatment and incidence rates of endophthalmitis

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    Ludimila L Cavalcante

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    Full Text Available Ludimila L Cavalcante, Milena L Cavalcante, Timothy G Murray, Michael M Vigoda, Yolanda Piña, Christina L Decatur, R Prince Davis, Lisa C Olmos, Amy C Schefler, Michael B Parrott, Kyle J Alliman, Harry W Flynn, Andrew A MoshfeghiBascom Palmer Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USAObjective: To report the incidence of endophthalmitis, in addition to its clinical and microbiological aspects, after intravitreal injection of vascular-targeting agents.Methods: A retrospective review of a consecutive series of 10,142 intravitreal injections of vascular targeting agents (bevacizumab, ranibizumab, triamcinolone acetonide, and preservative-free triamcinolone acetonide between June 1, 2007 and January 31, 2010, performed by a single service (TGM at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.Results: One case of clinically-suspected endophthalmitis was identified out of a total of 10,142 injections (0.009%, presenting within three days of injection of bevacizumab. The case was culture-positive for Staphylococcus epidermidis. Final visual acuity was 20/40 after pars plana vitrectomy surgery.Conclusions: In this series, the incidence of culture-positive endophthalmitis after intravitreal injection of vascular agents in an outpatient setting was very low. We believe that following a standardized injection protocol, adherence to sterile techniques and proper patient follow-up are determining factors for low incidence rates.Keywords: endophthalmitis, intravitreal injections, vascular targeting agents 

  14. Durable recovery of the macular architecture and functionality of a diagnosed age-related macular degeneration 1 year after a single intravitreal injection of dobesilate

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    Cuevas, P; Outeiriño, L A; Azanza, C; Giménez-Gallego, G

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    Among the age-related diseases that affect vision, age-related macular degeneration is the most frequent cause of blindness in patients older than 60 years. In this communication, we report the full anatomical and functional recovery of a patient diagnosed with wet age-related macular degeneration 1 year after a single intravitreal injection of dobesilate. PMID:24225910

  15. Advances in Bone Marrow Stem Cell Therapy for Retinal Dysfunction

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    Park, Susanna S.; Moisseiev, Elad; Bauer, Gerhard; Anderson, Johnathon D.; Grant, Maria B.; Zam, Azhar; Zawadzki, Robert J.; Werner, John S.; Nolta, Jan A.

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    The most common cause of untreatable vision loss is dysfunction of the retina. Conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma remain leading causes of untreatable blindness worldwide. Various stem cell approaches are being explored for treatment of retinal regeneration. The rationale for using bone marrow stem cells to treat retinal dysfunction is based on preclinical evidence showing that bone marrow stem cells can rescue degenerating and ischemic retina. These stem cells have primarily paracrine trophic effects although some cells can directly incorporate into damaged tissue. Since the paracrine trophic effects can have regenerative effects on multiple cells in the retina, the use of this cell therapy is not limited to a particular retinal condition. Autologous bone marrow-derived stem cells are being explored in early clinical trials as therapy for various retinal conditions. These bone marrow stem cells include mesenchymal stem cells, mononuclear cells and CD34+ cells. Autologous therapy requires no systemic immunosuppression or donor matching. Intravitreal delivery of CD34+ cells and mononuclear cells appears to be tolerated and is being explored since some of these cells can home into the damaged retina after intravitreal administration. The safety of intravitreal delivery of mesenchymal stem cells has not been well established. This review provides an update of the current evidence in support of the use of bone marrow stem cells as treatment for retinal dysfunction. The potential limitations and complications of using certain forms of bone marrow stem cells as therapy are discussed. Future directions of research include methods to optimize the therapeutic potential of these stem cells, non-cellular alternatives using extracellular vesicles, and in vivo high-resolution retinal imaging to detect cellular changes in the retina following cell therapy. PMID:27784628

  16. Fibrocyte-like cells mediate acquired resistance to anti-angiogenic therapy with bevacizumab

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    Mitsuhashi, Atsushi; Goto, Hisatsugu; Saijo, Atsuro; Trung, Van The; Aono, Yoshinori; Ogino, Hirokazu; Kuramoto, Takuya; Tabata, Sho; Uehara, Hisanori; Izumi, Keisuke; Yoshida, Mitsuteru; Kobayashi, Hiroaki; Takahashi, Hidefusa; Gotoh, Masashi; Kakiuchi, Soji; Hanibuchi, Masaki; Yano, Seiji; Yokomise, Hiroyasu; Sakiyama, Shoji; Nishioka, Yasuhiko

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    Bevacizumab exerts anti-angiogenic effects in cancer patients by inhibiting vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). However, its use is still limited due to the development of resistance to the treatment. Such resistance can be regulated by various factors, although the underlying mechanisms remain incompletely understood. Here we show that bone marrow-derived fibrocyte-like cells, defined as alpha-1 type I collagen-positive and CXCR4-positive cells, contribute to the acquired resistance to bevacizumab. In mouse models of malignant pleural mesothelioma and lung cancer, fibrocyte-like cells mediate the resistance to bevacizumab as the main producer of fibroblast growth factor 2. In clinical specimens of lung cancer, the number of fibrocyte-like cells is significantly increased in bevacizumab-treated tumours, and correlates with the number of treatment cycles, as well as CD31-positive vessels. Our results identify fibrocyte-like cells as a promising cell biomarker and a potential therapeutic target to overcome resistance to anti-VEGF therapy. PMID:26635184

  17. Meta-analysis of endophthalmitis after intravitreal injection of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor agents: causative organisms and possible prevention strategies.

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    McCannel, Colin A

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    To report the rates of endophthalmitis and the spectrum of causative organisms after intravitreal injection of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor agents and possible prevention strategies. Meta-analysis of the U.S. literature from 2005 to 2009 reporting endophthalmitis bacterial isolates after intravitreal injection of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor agents and comparison with reports of endophthalmitis bacterial isolates after intraocular surgery in the United States. Endophthalmitis after intravitreal injection occurred in 52 of 105,536 injections (0.049%) (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.038-0.065%). Among 50 cases of endophthalmitis with bacterial culture isolates, 24 (48.0% [95% CI, 34.8-61.5%]) were culture negative and 26 (52% [95% CI, 38.5-65.2%]) were culture positive. Among the 26 culture-positive isolates, causative organisms were coagulase-negative Staphylococcus in 17 cases (65.4% [95% CI, 46.0-80.6%]), Streptococcus species in 8 cases (30.8% [95% CI, 16.5-50.2%]), and Bacillus cereus in 1 case (3.8% [95% CI, 0.9-19.0%]). Streptococcus species were significantly more frequent after intravitreal injection than after intraocular surgery in the Endophthalmitis Vitrectomy Study (29 of 226 isolates, 9.0% [95% CI, 6.3-12.6%], P = 0.005), a report on clear corneal cataract surgery endophthalmitis (6 of 73 isolates, 8.2% [95% CI, 3.9-16.8%], P = 0.022), and a report on postvitrectomy endophthalmitis with no cases of Streptococcus species. Streptococcal isolates are approximately three times more frequent after intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor injection than after intraocular surgery. Strategies to consider minimizing oropharyngeal droplet transmission may include avoiding talking, coughing, and sneezing or wearing surgical masks.

  18. Retinoblastoma Vitreous Seed Clouds (Class 3): A Comparison of Treatment with Ophthalmic Artery Chemosurgery with or without Intravitreous and Periocular Chemotherapy.

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    Francis, Jasmine H; Iyer, Saipriya; Gobin, Y Pierre; Brodie, Scott E; Abramson, David H

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    To compare the efficacy and toxicity of treating class 3 retinoblastoma vitreous seeds with ophthalmic artery chemosurgery (OAC) alone versus OAC with intravitreous chemotherapy. Retrospective cohort study. Forty eyes containing clouds (class 3 vitreous seeds) of 40 retinoblastoma patients (19 treated with OAC alone and 21 treated with OAC plus intravitreous and periocular chemotherapy). Ocular survival, disease-free survival and time to regression of seeds were estimated with Kaplan-Meier estimates. Ocular toxicity was evaluated by clinical findings and electroretinography: 30-Hz flicker responses were compared at baseline and last follow-up visit. Continuous variables were compared with Student t test, and categorical variables were compared with the Fisher exact test. Ocular survival, disease-free survival, and time to regression of seeds. There were no disease- or treatment-related deaths and no patient demonstrated externalization of tumor or metastatic disease. There was no significant difference in the age, laterality, disease, or disease status (treatment naïve vs. previously treated) between the 2 groups. The time to regression of seeds was significantly shorter for eyes treated with OAC plus intravitreous chemotherapy (5.7 months) compared with eyes treated with OAC alone (14.6 months; P clouds with OAC and intravitreous and periocular chemotherapy, compared with OAC alone, resulted in a shorter time to regression and was associated with fewer recurrences requiring additional treatment and fewer enucleations. The toxicity to the retina does not seem to be significantly worse in the OAC plus intravitreous chemotherapy group. Copyright © 2017 American Academy of Ophthalmology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Targeted Intraceptor Nanoparticle for Neovascular Macular Degeneration: Preclinical Dose Optimization and Toxicology Assessment.

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    Zhang, Xiaohui; Bohner, Austin; Bhuvanagiri, Sai; Uehara, Hironori; Upadhyay, Arun Kumar; Emerson, Lyska L; Bondalapati, Sailaja; Muddana, Santosh Kumar; Fang, Daniel; Li, Miaoling; Sandhu, Zoya; Hussain, Alya; Carroll, Lara S; Tiem, Michelle; Archer, Bonnie; Kompella, Uday; Patil, Rajkumar; Ambati, Balamurali K

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    Neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is treated with anti-VEGF intravitreal injections, which can cause geographic atrophy, infection, and retinal fibrosis. To minimize these toxicities, we developed a nanoparticle delivery system for recombinant Flt23k intraceptor plasmid (RGD.Flt23k.NP) to suppress VEGF intracellularly within choroidal neovascular (CNV) lesions in a laser-induced CNV mouse model through intravenous administration. In the current study, we examined the efficacy and safety of RGD.Flt23k.NP in mice. The effect of various doses was determined using fluorescein angiography and optical coherence tomography to evaluate CNV leakage and volume. Efficacy was determined by the rate of inhibition of CNV volume at 2 weeks post-treatment. RGD.Flt23k.NP had peak efficacy at a dose range of 30-60 μg pFlt23k/mouse. Using the lower dose (30 μg pFlt23k/mouse), RGD.Flt23k.NP safety was determined both in single-dose groups and in repeat-dose (three times) groups by measuring body weight, organ weight, hemoglobin levels, complement C3 levels, and histological changes in vital organs. Neither toxicity nor inflammation from RGD.Flt23k.NP was detected. No side effect was detected on visual function. Thus, systemic RGD.Flt23k.NP may be an alternative to standard intravitreal anti-VEGF therapy for the treatment of neovascular AMD. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  20. A new anti-glioma therapy, AG119: pre-clinical assessment in a mouse GL261 glioma model

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    Towner, Rheal A.; Ihnat, Michael; Saunders, Debra; Bastian, Anja; Smith, Nataliya; Pavana, Roheeth Kumar; Gangjee, Aleem

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    High grade gliomas (HGGs; grades III and IV) are the most common primary brain tumors in adults, and their malignant nature ranks them fourth in incidence of cancer death. Standard treatment for glioblastomas (GBM), involving surgical resection followed by radiation and chemotherapy with temozolomide (TMZ) and the anti-angiogenic therapy bevacizumab, have not substantially improved overall survival. New therapeutic agents are desperately needed for this devastating disease. Here we study the potential therapeutic agent AG119 in a pre-clinical model for gliomas. AG119 possesses both anti-angiogenic (RTK inhibition) and antimicrotubule cytotoxic activity in a single molecule. GL261 glioma-bearing mice were either treated with AG119, anti-VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) antibody, anti c-Met antibody or TMZ, and compared to untreated tumor-bearing mice. Animal survival was assessed, and tumor volumes and vascular alterations were monitored with morphological magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and perfusion-weighted imaging, respectively. Percent survival of GL261 HGG-bearing mice treated with AG119 was significantly higher (p < 0.001) compared to untreated tumors. Tumor volumes (21–31 days following intracerebral implantation of GL261 cells) were found to be significantly lower for AG119 (p < 0.001), anti-VEGF (p < 0.05) and anti-c-Met (p < 0.001) antibody treatments, and TMZ-treated (p < 0.05) mice, compared to untreated controls. Perfusion data indicated that both AG119 and TMZ were able to reduce the effect of decreasing perfusion rates significantly (p < 0.05 for both), when compared to untreated tumors. It was also found that IC 50 values for AG119 were much lower than those for TMZ in T98G and U251 cells. These data support further exploration of the anticancer activity AG119 in HGG, as this compound was able to increase animal survival and decrease tumor volumes in a mouse GL261 glioma model, and that AG119 is also not subject to methyl guanine

  1. Retrospective analyses of optical coherence tomography in recurrent macular edema following intravitreal therapy in patients with retinal vein occlusion.

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    Holland, Stephen M; Dodwell, David G; Krimmel, Darrel A; de Fiebre, Christopher M

    2015-09-04

    Optical coherence tomography has focused mainly on central subfield thickness to quantify macular edema in central and branch retinal vein occlusion. We examined macular fields other than the central subfield to determine if they are possibly independent indicators of recurrent macular edema. Single center, retrospective, consecutive case study of patients with recurrent macular edema secondary to either central or branch retinal vein occlusion. Thickness estimates of serial domain optical coherence tomography macular fields were obtained at the time of recurrent macular edema and analyzed retrospectively. Changes were expressed as a percentage of previous baseline levels. Change in thickness at each retreatment episode as well as average changes in thickness were calculated for each macular field for each eye. Data were analyzed via analysis of variance and Fisher's post hoc analyses. The macular field which most frequently had the largest percent increase at the time of recurrence was also assessed using averages for each subject as well as for each retreatment episode. Individual episodes of recurrent macular edema were also examined to ascertain the frequency in which there was minimal foveal edema (<15 μm increase), but non-foveal edema was considered severe enough to warrant retreatment. 429 episodes of recurrent macular edema in 80 eyes were examined. In addition to the central subfield, the average mean change in thickness of the most affected quadrant (central vein occlusion) or hemisphere (branch vein occlusion) of the extrafoveal 3 mm band had the largest mean changes and also most frequently had the largest increases at the time of recurrent macular edema. In approximately 20 % of both central and branch occlusions, recurrent macular edema was detected in non-central macular fields in the absence of significant edema in the central subfield. Analyses of non-central macular fields as well as the central subfield may be useful in the early detection and treatment of recurrent macular edema in retinal vein occlusion.

  2. Clinical and histological findings after intravitreal injection of bevacizumab (Avastin) in a porcine model of choroidal neovascularization

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    Lassota, Nathan; Prause, Jan Ulrik; Scherfig, Erik

    2010-01-01

    PURPOSE: To examine the effect of intravitreally injected bevacizumab (Avastin) on the histological and angiographic morphology of choroidal neovascularization (CNV) in a masked and placebo-controlled animal study. METHODS: Choroidal neovascularization was induced surgically in 11 porcine eyes...... by perforating Bruch's membrane with a retinal perforator. After closure of the ports used for the vitrectomy, which was performed to facilitate the Bruch's membrane rupture, 0.05 ml of either bevacizumab or Ringer-Lactat (placebo) was injected into the vitreous cavity. Eyes were enucleated after 14 days. Fundus...... photographs and fluorescein angiograms (FAs) were obtained immediately prior to enucleation. Sections of formalin- and paraffin-embedded eyes were examined by light microscopy and by immunohistochemical staining. RESULTS: Placebo-injected eyes exhibited the highest propensity to leak, with five of six eyes...

  3. Clinical and histological findings after intravitreal injection of bevacizumsb (Avastin®) in a porcine model of choroidal neovascularisation

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    Lassota, Nathan; Prause, Jan Ulrik; Scherfig, Erik

    2010-01-01

    PURPOSE: To examine the effect of intravitreally injected bevacizumab (Avastin) on the histological and angiographic morphology of choroidal neovascularization (CNV) in a masked and placebo-controlled animal study. METHODS: Choroidal neovascularization was induced surgically in 11 porcine eyes...... by perforating Bruch's membrane with a retinal perforator. After closure of the ports used for the vitrectomy, which was performed to facilitate the Bruch's membrane rupture, 0.05 ml of either bevacizumab or Ringer-Lactat (placebo) was injected into the vitreous cavity. Eyes were enucleated after 14 days. Fundus...... photographs and fluorescein angiograms (FAs) were obtained immediately prior to enucleation. Sections of formalin- and paraffin-embedded eyes were examined by light microscopy and by immunohistochemical staining. RESULTS: Placebo-injected eyes exhibited the highest propensity to leak, with five of six eyes...

  4. Minimizando erros na administração de drogas intravítreas Minimizing errors in intravitreal drug injection

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    Shu I Yeh

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar possíveis erros na administração de drogas intravítreas para o tratamento da endoftalmite e propor técnica que seja reprodutível e acessível. MÉTODOS: Avaliação de técnicas utilizadas e aferição dos volumes retidos nas agulhas utilizando balança analítica. RESULTADOS: A média e o desvio padrão dos volumes retidos nas agulhas de 26, 22 (25 x 0,7 mm e 30 x 0,7 mm e 18 G (gauge foram 0,051±0,006, 0,056±0,005, 0,055±0,004 e 0,075±0,004, respectivamente, para a marca Ryncos® e 0,050±0,003, 0,056±0,002, 0,063±0,002 e 0,084±0,004, respectivamente, para a marca Becton-Dickinson®. Houve diferença estatisticamente significante entre os volumes retidos das duas marcas para as agulhas de 26, 22 (30 x 0,7 mm e 18 G com p = 0,01, p PURPOSE: To assess evaluate the accuracy of intravitreal drug administration in the treatment of endophthalmitis and to suggest a reproducible and accessible technique for this procedure. METHODS: To assess the retained volumes in needles used for the intravitreal injection of antibiotics using an analytical scale. RESULTS: Means and standard deviations of retained volumes in the 26, 22 ( 25 x 0.7 mm and 30 x 0.7 mm and 18 G were respectively 0.051±0.006, 0.056±0.005, 0.055±0.004 and 0.075±0.004 for needles Ryncos® and 0.050±0.003, 0.056±0.002, 0.063±0.002 and 0.084±0.004 for Becton-Dickinson®. There were statistically significant differences in the retained volumes between the two needle brands for 26, 22 (30 x 0.7 mm and 18 G needles with p = 0.01, p < 0.01 and p < 0.01 respectively. No difference was found only for 25 x 0.7 mm 22 G needle with p = 0.83. CONCLUSION: Most needles used for intravitreal injection hold a retained volume in the reserve needle compartment that should be considered during the injection technique, therefore minimizing errors during intravitreal injection of antibiotics.

  5. Use of intravitreal bevacizumab or triamcinolone acetonide as a preoperative adjunct to vitrectomy for vitreous haemorrhage in diabetics

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    Daniel Araújo Ferraz

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of preoperative intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB or triamcinolone (IVT on the rate of early postvitrectomy hemorrhage in proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR. METHODS: Eligible eyes were assigned randomly to 1 of 3 groups: the IVB group received 1.25 mg bevacizumab, the IVT group received 4,0mg triamcinolone and the control group underwent a sham procedure. The primary outcome measure was the incidence of early postvitrectomy hemorrhage. Secondary outcome measures included changes in visual acuity (BCVA and adverse events. RESULTS: Twenty and seven eyes, 9 in each group were randomized. The incidence of vitreous hemorrhage was lower in the IVB group (p=0.18. Postoperative vitreous hemorrhage at 1 month also was less in the IVB group compared with the control group (p > 0.05. The rate of bleeding immediately after surgery was higher in IVT group with 4 (44.4% cases. The overall mean visual acuity was 1.72 ± 0.37 logMAR preoperatively and 1.32 ± 0.73 logMAR in 6 months after surgery. Accessing visual acuity by group evidenced that the IVB group had initial mean logMAR VA of 1.87 and 1.57 logMAR VA at the six months (p = 0.84. In IVT group, initial mean VA was 1.75 logMAR and 0.96 logMAR VA at six months (p < 0.001. And in control group, the initial mean VA was 1.85 logMAR and 1.57 logMAR VA at six months (p= 0.34. CONCLUSION: Intravitreal injection of bevacizumab 1 week before vitrectomy seems to reduce the incidence of early postvitrectomy hemorrhage in diabetic patients. There was a better visual acuity outcome in the triamcinolone group.

  6. SAFETY AND EFFICACY OF INTRAVITREAL DEXAMETHASONE IMPLANTS IN THE MANAGEMENT OF MACULAR EDEMA SECONDARY TO INFECTIOUS UVEITIS.

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    Fonollosa, Alex; Llorenç, Victor; Artaraz, Joseba; Jimenez, Beatriz; Ruiz-Arruza, Ioana; Agirrebengoa, Koldo; Cordero-Coma, Miguel; Costales-Mier, Felipe; Adan, Alfredo

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    To assess the safety and efficacy of intravitreal dexamethasone implants in the treatment of macular edema secondary to infectious uveitis. We retrospectively reviewed clinical records from three uveitis referral units in Spain. The main outcome measures were rate of reactivation of infection, improvements in visual acuity and resolution of macular edema, as measured by optical coherence tomography. We included eight eyes from seven patients with a median age of 64 years (30-75). Etiologies of the infections were Herpes simplex virus-type 1, Varicela-Zoster virus, Treponema pallidum, Brucella mellitensis, Borrelia burgdorferi, Toxoplasma gondii, and cytomegalovirus. Median visual acuity was 20/160 (20/30-20/400) at baseline and 20/70 (20/25-20/200) at the last follow-up visit. Mean macular thickness was 516 μm (115) at baseline and 266.3 μm (40) at the last follow-up visit. Visual acuity improved in 100% of the eyes and none of the eyes showed macular edema at the last follow-up visit. Five patients required reinjections of the implant. Only one patient required antiglaucoma drops for a temporary increase in ocular pressure. There were no cases of reactivation of the infectious ocular disease. Median follow-up time was 18 months. In this small case series of eyes with macular edema secondary to infectious uveitis, treatment with dexamethasone intravitreal implants was not associated with reactivation of the infectious ocular disease. Furthermore, significant improvements in visual acuity and macular thickness were observed in our patients.

  7. Intravitreal Ciliary Neurotrophic Factor Transiently Improves Cone-Mediated Function in a CNGB3-/- Mouse Model of Achromatopsia.

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    Marangoni, Dario; Vijayasarathy, Camasamudram; Bush, Ronald A; Wei, Lisa L; Wen, Rong; Sieving, Paul A

    2015-10-01

    Ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) was recently shown to augment cone function in CNGB3 mutant achromat dogs. However, testing CNTF-releasing implant in human CNGB3 achromats failed to show benefit. We evaluated the effects of CNTF protein on the retinal function in an additional achromatopsia model, the CNGB3-/- mouse. Fifty-nine CNGB3-/- mice (postnatal day [PD] ± SD = 30 ± 7) received a unilateral intravitreal injection of 1 or 2 μg CNTF protein, and 15 wild-type (WT) mice (PD = 34 ± 3) received 1 μg CNTF. Retinal function was evaluated by flash ERG and photopic flicker ERG (fERG) at 7 and 14 days after treatment. Seven days post CNTF, the photopic b-wave Vmax was significantly increased in CNGB3-/- mice (P < 0.01), whereas it was reduced in WT mice (P < 0.05). Ciliary neurotrophic factor significantly increased the amplitude of photopic fERG and the photopic oscillatory potentials (OPs) in CNGB3-/- mice. Ciliary neurotrophic factor did not alter the scotopic a-wave in either CNGB3-/- or WT mice, but it increased the scotopic b-wave k (P < 0.01) in CNGB3-/- mice, indicating diminished scotopic sensitivity, and reduced the scotopic b-wave Vmax in WT mice (P < 0.05). No difference was found in ERG parameters between 1 or 2 μg CNTF. Fourteen days after CNTF injection the ERG changes in CNGB3-/- mice were lost. Intravitreal bolus CNTF protein caused a small and transient improvement of cone-mediated function in CNGB3-/- mice, whereas it reduced rod-mediated function. The increase in photopic OPs and the lack of changes in scotopic a-wave suggest a CNTF effect on the inner retina.

  8. Intravitreal pegaptanib sodium (Macugen®) for treatment of diabetic macular oedema: a morphologic and functional study.

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    Rinaldi, Michele; Chiosi, Flavia; dell'Omo, Roberto; Romano, Mario R; Parmeggiani, Francesco; Semeraro, Francesco; Mastropasqua, Rodolfo; Costagliola, Ciro

    2012-12-01

    To study whether morphologic (foveal thickness, FT) variations of clinically significant macular oedema (CMO) in patients suffering from diabetes following intravitreal pegaptanib sodium (IVP) injection were associated with functional [macular sensitivity (MS) and colour discrimination (CD)] changes. A longitudinal, interventional, non-randomized study was performed. FT was assessed by optical coherence tomography (OCT), MS by microperimetry, best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) by early treatment diabetic retinopathy study charts (ETDRS) and CD by Farnswoth-Munsell test. The treatment protocol consisted of three consecutive injections (0.3 mg/0.05 ml; baseline, week 6 and week 12). Follow-up checks were scheduled at 18, 24, 36 and 48 weeks, after injections. Thirty eyes of 30 patients with clinically significant CMO were included for analysis. After IVP a significant decrease of FT occurred with a mean reduction from baseline of 56.9% (P= 0.0001). An improvement of functional parameters was recorded in all patients (BCVA from 18.2 ± 8.5 letters to 25.5 ± 8.4 letters, P < 0.005, MS from 8.6 ± 2.16 dB to 10.6 ± 2.61 dB, P < 0.001, colour analysis from 376.1 ± 125.6 TES to 116 ± 34.6 TES, P= 0.0001). A statistically significant correlation between FT and BCVA as well as MS and CD was also found. Neither ocular nor systemic adverse events were reported. Intravitreal pegaptanib significantly reduced FT, with a concomitant improvement of MS and CD. This association emphasizes the efficacy of IVP in the treatment of CMO. © 2012 The Authors. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology © 2012 The British Pharmacological Society.

  9. Angiopoietin-2 as a biomarker and target for immune checkpoint therapy

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    Wu, Xinqi; Giobbie-Hurder, Anita; Liao, Xiaoyun; Connelly, Courtney; Connolly, Erin M.; Li, Jingjing; Manos, Michael P.; Lawrence, Donald; McDermott, David; Severgnini, Mariano; Zhou, Jun; Gjini, Evisa; Lako, Ana; Lipschitz, Mikel; Pak, Christine J.; Abdelrahman, Sara; Rodig, Scott; Hodi, F. Stephen

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    Immune checkpoint therapies targeting CTLA-4 and PD-1 have proven effective in cancer treatment. However, the identification of biomarkers for predicting clinical outcomes and mechanisms to overcome resistance remain as critical needs. Angiogenesis is increasingly appreciated as an immune modulator with potential for combinatorial use with checkpoint blockade. Angiopoietin-2 (ANGPT2) is an immune target in patients and is involved in resistance to anti-VEGF treatment with the monoclonal antibody bevacizumab. We investigated the predictive and prognostic value of circulating ANGPT2 in metastatic melanoma patients receiving immune checkpoint therapy. High pretreatment serum ANGPT2 was associated with reduced overall survival in CTLA-4 and PD-1 blockade-treated patients. These treatments also increased serum ANGPT2 in many patients early after treatment initiation, whereas ipilimumab plus bevacizumab treatment decreased serum concentrations. ANGPT2 increases were associated with reduced response and/or overall survival. Ipilimumab increased, and ipilimumab plus bevacizumab decreased, tumor vascular ANGPT2 expression in a subset of patients, which was associated with increased and decreased tumor infiltration by CD68+ and CD163+ macrophages, respectively. In vitro, bevacizumab blocked VEGF-induced ANGPT2 expression in tumor-associated endothelial cells, whereas ANGPT2 increased PD-L1 expression on M2-polarized macrophages. Treatments elicited long-lasting and functional antibody responses to ANGPT2 in a subset of patients receiving clinical benefit. Our findings suggest that serum ANGPT2 may be considered as a predictive and prognostic biomarker for immune checkpoint therapy and may contribute to treatment resistance via increasing proangiogenic and immunosuppressive activities in the tumor microenvironment. Targeting ANGPT2 provides a rational combinatorial approach to improve the efficacy of immune therapy. PMID:28003187

  10. Estudo do tratamento do edema macular difuso do diabético com triancinolona intravítrea e fotocoagulação Use of intravitreal triamcinolone and laser photocoagulation for the treatment of diffuse diabetic macular edema

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    Fábio Petersen Saraiva

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a eficácia do uso intravítreo da triancinolona acetonida associada a fotocoagulação com laser no tratamento do edema macular difuso diabético. Comparar esta associação terapêutica com o uso isolado de cada tratamento. MÉTODOS: Após controle clínico sistêmico, trinta pacientes portadores de edema macular difuso diabético foram divididos em 3 grupos de tratamento: (1 fotocoagulação macular em grade com laser de argônio; (2 aplicação intravítrea de 4 mg de triancinolona acetonida; (3 associação dos itens anteriores. O seguimento foi realizado em intervalos predeterminados de um dia, uma semana e mensalmente, até completar 6 meses. Foram analisados os parâmetros: acuidade visual corrigida LogMAR, espessura macular central, volume macular total e pressão intra-ocular. RESULTADOS: A fotocoagulação com laser não reduziu de forma estatisticamente significativa a espessura macular central e o volume macular total. Esta redução foi significativa e estatisticamente semelhante nos outros dois grupos. Todos os grupos apresentaram melhora da acuidade visual, entretanto, o grupo que recebeu a associação do laser com a triancinolona intravítrea obteve maior porcentagem de pacientes com ganho de 10 ou mais letras de visão. CONCLUSÃO: O uso simultâneo da fotocoagulação com a triancinolona intravítrea pode ser considerado uma opção terapêutica para o edema macular difuso diabético.PURPOSE: To assess the efficacy of intravitreal use of triamcinolone acetonide combined with laser photocoagulation for the treatment of diffuse diabetic macular edema and to compare it with the separate use of each treatment. METHODS: After systemic clinical control, thirty patients with diffuse diabetic macular edema were divided into 3 treatment groups: (1 macular grid photocoagulation; (2 intravitreal injection of 4 mg of triamcinolone acetonide; (3 combination of the two previous therapies. Follow-up was scheduled at

  11. INTRAVITREAL DEXAMETHASONE IMPLANT AS ADJUVANT TREATMENT FOR BEVACIZUMAB- AND RANIBIZUMAB-RESISTANT NEOVASCULAR AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION: A Prospective Pilot Study.

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    Barikian, Anita; Salti, Haytham; Safar, Ammar; Mahfoud, Ziyad R; Bashshur, Ziad F

    2017-07-01

    To study the benefit of intravitreal dexamethasone implant in the management of neovascular age-related macular degeneration resistant to bevacizumab and ranibizumab. Patients with persistent macular fluid on optical coherence tomography despite monthly treatment with at least three consecutive bevacizumab injections followed by at least three ranibizumab injections were prospectively enrolled. A single dexamethasone implant was administered followed by intravitreal ranibizumab 1 week later. Ranibizumab was continued afterward on an as-needed basis. Main outcomes were improvement in central retinal thickness and best-corrected visual acuity. Nineteen patients (19 eyes) were enrolled. There was no significant change in best-corrected visual acuity over 6 months. Greatest reduction in mean central retinal thickness, from 295.2 μm to 236.2 μm, occurred 1 month after dexamethasone implant (P macular intraretinal fluid in eyes with neovascular age-related macular degeneration resistant to bevacizumab and ranibizumab. However, this treatment had a limited duration.

  12. POOLED ESTIMATES OF INCIDENCE OF ENDOPHTHALMITIS AFTER INTRAVITREAL INJECTION OF ANTI-VASCULAR ENDOTHELIAL GROWTH FACTOR AGENTS WITH AND WITHOUT TOPICAL ANTIBIOTIC PROPHYLAXIS.

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    Reibaldi, Michele; Pulvirenti, Alfredo; Avitabile, Teresio; Bonfiglio, Vincenza; Russo, Andrea; Mariotti, Cesare; Bucolo, Claudio; Mastropasqua, Rodolfo; Parisi, Guglielmo; Longo, Antonio

    2018-01-01

    To assess the effect of topical antibiotic prophylaxis on postoperative endophthalmitis after intravitreal injection of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor agents. A systematic literature search was performed from inception to March 2016 using PubMed, Medline, Web of Science, Embase, and the Cochrane Library, to identify articles that reported cases of endophthalmitis after intravitreal injection of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor agents. We used a pooled analysis to estimate the incidence of cases of endophthalmitis who developed after injections performed with and without topical antibiotic prophylaxis. We used regression analysis to explore the effects of study characteristics on heterogeneity. From our search of electronic databases, we identified and screened 4,561 unique records. We judged 60 articles to have reported findings for cohorts of patients who met our inclusion criteria, (12 arms of randomized clinical trials, 11 prospective cohort studies, and 37 retrospective cohort studies), which included 244 cases of endophthalmitis and 639,391 intravitreal injections of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor agents. The final pooled estimate endophthalmitis proportions were 9/10,000 (95% confidence interval, 7/10,000-12/10,000) in the antibiotic-treated group and 3/10,000 (95% confidence interval, 2/10,000-5/10,000) in the untreated group. The estimated incidence of endophthalmitis with topical antibiotic prophylaxis was approximated three times the incidence without prophylaxis. Random effects regression showed that none of the study characteristics significantly affected the effect size in either group. Topical antibiotic after intravitreal injection of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor agents is associated with a higher risk of endophthalmitis.

  13. Modifying Choroidal Neovascularization Development with a Nutritional Supplement in Mice

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    Alina Adriana Ivanescu

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    Full Text Available We examined the effect of nutritional supplements (modified Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS-II formulation containing vitamins, minerals, lutein, resveratrol, and omega-3 fatty acids on choroidal neovascularization (CNV. Supplements were administered alone and combined with intravitreal anti-VEGF in an early-CNV (diode laser-induced murine model. Sixty mice were evenly divided into group V (oral vehicle, intravitreal saline, group S (oral supplement, intravitreal saline, group V + aVEGF (oral vehicle, intravitreal anti-VEGF, and group S + aVEGF (oral supplement, intravitreal anti-VEGF. Vehicle and nutritional supplements were administered daily for 38 days beginning 10 days before laser. Intravitreal injections were administered 48 h after laser. Fluorescein angiography (FA and flat-mount CD31 staining evaluated leakage and CNV lesion area. Expression of VEGF, MMP-2 and MMP-9 activity, and NLRP3 were evaluated with RT-PCR, zymography, and western-blot. Leakage, CNV size, VEGF gene and protein expression were lower in groups V + aVEGF, S + aVEGF, and S than in V (all p < 0.05. Additionally, MMP-9 gene expression differed between groups S + aVEGF and V (p < 0.05 and MMP-9 activity was lower in S + aVEGF than in V and S (both p < 0.01. Levels of MMP-2 and NLRP3 were not significantly different between groups. Nutritional supplements either alone or combined with anti-VEGF may mitigate CNV development and inhibit retinal disease involving VEGF overexpression and CNV.

  14. Efficacy of 12-month treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration with intravitreal bevacizumab based on individually determined injection strategies after three consecutive monthly injections.

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    Mekjavic, Polona Jaki; Kraut, Aleksandra; Urbancic, Mojca; Lenassi, Eva; Hawlina, Marko

    2011-11-01

    To report the results of intravitreal treatment with bevacizumab in neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) after a loading dose (LD) of three monthly injections followed by an optical coherence tomography (OCT)-guided strategy, based on best-corrected visual acuity (VA) and number of injections required over 1 year. A series of consecutive cases of 149 eyes of 147 patients received three or more intravitreal injections of bevacizumab (1.25 mg) for neovascular AMD over a 1-year period. The patients underwent ophthalmological examinations: measurement of the VA, fluorescein angiography, dilated fundus examination at baseline; VA, OCT and dilated fundus examination at monthly follow-up visits. Repeated injections were given each month for the first 3 months (LD); thereafter, injections were only administered if leakage or macular oedema were present. Mean baseline VA was 51 ± 14 letters, which improved to 58 ± 15 letters (p injections per patient treated for 1 year was 5.1 (range 3-9). No systemic side-effects were noted. Treatment of neovascular AMD with intravitreal bevacizumab administered in LD of three monthly injections and followed by an OCT-guided strategy provides functional and anatomical improvements for up to 1 year. © 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 Acta Ophthalmol.

  15. Comparative cyto-histological study of needle tip aspirates and entry sites after intravitreal injection using different needle types.

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    Lyubomyr Lytvynchuk

    Full Text Available A comparison of the cellular content of needle tip aspirates and entry sites after transconjunctival intravitreal injection (IVI using different needle types was performed. White outbred rats and human cadaver eyes were used for IVI by hypodermic 27 gauge (G and 30G needles, and spinal anesthesia Pencan 27G needles. Aspiration of vitreous for quantitative morphological and cell cultivation analysis, as well as cyto-histological analysis of aspirates and entry sites were carried out. The most common cells in the aspirates from all needle types were conjunctival epithelial-, ciliary body non-pigmented epithelial- and sclerocyte-like cells and granular proteins. Crystallized vitreous specimens were present in each aspirate. The entry sites of hypodermic needles showed marked trauma in all wall layers of rat and human eyes accompanied by cellular destruction and hemorrhages. Pencan 27G needle caused less tissue trauma with partial reposition of sclerocytes. Transconjunctival IVIs with hypodermic 27G and 30G, and Pencan 27G needles result in trauma of all layers of the eyeball. The possible consequences of cellular content being cut and injected into the eye, as well as the entry site wound shape deserve future consideration and improvements.

  16. Effects of Vitrectomy on Recurrent Macular Edema due to Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion after Intravitreal Injection of Bevacizumab

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    Tatsuya Yunoki

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    Full Text Available Purpose. To evaluate the effects of pars plana vitrectomy (PPV on recurrent macular edema due to branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO after intravitreal injections of bevacizumab (IVB. Methods. This retrospective study included 22 eyes of 22 patients who underwent single or multiple IVB injections for macular edema due to BRVO and showed a recurrence of macular edema. All patients then underwent PPV and were followed up for more than 6 months after the surgery with examinations of best corrected visual acuity (BCVA and optical coherence tomography (OCT. OCT parameters were central macular thickness (CMT and average retinal thickness in a 1-mm-diameter circular region at the fovea (MRT. Results. Mean BCVA, CRT, and MRT were significantly improved from the baseline after PPV. Greater improvement of BCVA, CRT, and MRT was obtained after 1 month of IVB than after 6 months of PPV. No eyes showed worsening of macular edema after the surgery. Conclusion. PPV improved BCVA and recurrent macular edema due to BRVO, but PPV that was less effective than IVB had been in the same patients. PPV may be one of the treatment options for recurrent macular edema due to BRVO after IVB.

  17. Aqueous vascular endothelial growth factor and aflibercept concentrations after bimonthly intravitreal injections of aflibercept for age-related macular degeneration.

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    Sawada, Tomoko; Wang, Xiying; Sawada, Osamu; Saishin, Yoshitsugu; Ohji, Masahito

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    Clinical evidence supports the efficacy of bimonthly aflibercept injection for age-related macular degeneration. The study aimed to evaluate aqueous vascular endothelial growth factor and aflibercept concentrations and the efficacy of bimonthly aflibercept in patients with age-related macular degeneration. This study is a prospective, interventional case series. Enrolled were 35 eyes with exudative age-related macular degeneration from 35 patients. Patients received three bimonthly intravitreal aflibercept without loading doses. We collected the aqueous humor just before each injection, measured vascular endothelial growth factor and aflibercept concentrations by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and measured best-corrected visual acuity and central retinal subfield thickness before and after the injections. Aqueous vascular endothelial growth factor and aflibercept concentrations were measured. The vascular endothelial growth factor concentration was 135.4 ± 60.5 pg/mL (mean ± standard deviation, range 60.6-323.4) at baseline and below the lowest detectable limit in all eyes at month 2 and in 32 eyes at month 4 (P macular degeneration. © 2017 Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.

  18. Reduced occurrence of programmed cell death and gliosis in the retinas of juvenile rabbits after shortterm treatment with intravitreous bevacizumab

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    Maria Alice Fusco

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Bevacizumab has been widely used as a vascular endothelial growth factor antagonist in the treatment of retinal vasoproliferative disorders in adults and, more recently, in infants with retinopathy of prematurity. Recently, it has been proposed that vascular endothelial growth factor acts as a protective factor for neurons and glial cells, particularly in developing nervous tissue. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of bevacizumab on the developing retinas of juvenile rabbits. METHODS: Juvenile rabbits received bevacizumab intravitreously in one eye; the other eye acted as an untreated control. Slit-lamp and fundoscopic examinations were performed both prior to and seven days after treatment. At the same time, retina samples were analyzed using immunohistochemistry to detect autophagy and apoptosis as well as proliferation and glial reactivity. Morphometric analyses were performed, and the data were analyzed using the Mann-Whitney U test. RESULTS: No clinical abnormalities were observed in either treated or untreated eyes. However, immunohistochemical analyses revealed a reduction in the occurrence of programmed cell death and increases in both proliferation and reactivity in the bevacizumab-treated group compared with the untreated group. CONCLUSIONS: Bevacizumab appears to alter programmed cell death patterns and promote gliosis in the developing retinas of rabbits; therefore, it should be used with caution in developing eyes

  19. Switching to Aflibercept in Diabetic Macular Edema Not Responding to Ranibizumab and/or Intravitreal Dexamethasone Implant

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    Antoine Herbaut

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To assess short-term functional and anatomical outcomes of refractory diabetic macular edema (DME following a switch from ranibizumab or dexamethasone to aflibercept. Methods. We included retrospectively eyes with persistent DME after at least 3 ranibizumab and/or one dexamethasone implant intravitreal injections (IVI. The primary endpoint was the mean change in visual acuity (VA at month 6 (M6 after switching. Results. Twenty-five eyes were included. Before switching to aflibercept, 23 eyes received a median of 9.5 ranibizumab, and among them, 6 eyes received one dexamethasone implant after ranibizumab and 2 eyes received only one dexamethasone implant. Baseline VA, before any IVI, was 52.9 ± 16.5 letters, and preswitch VA was 57.1 ± 19.6 letters. The mean VA gain was +8 letters (p=0.01 between preswitch and M6. The mean central retinal thickness was 470.8 ± 129.9 μm before the switch and 303.3 ± 59.1 μm at M6 (p=0.001. Conclusion. Switching to aflibercept in refractory DME results in significant functional and anatomical improvement. The study was approved by the France Macula Federation ethical committee (FMF 2017-138.

  20. Engineering of PEDF-Expressing Primary Pigment Epithelial Cells by the SB Transposon System Delivered by pFAR4 Plasmids

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    Gabriele Thumann

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nvAMD is characterized by choroidal blood vessels growing into the subretinal space, leading to retinal pigment epithelial (RPE cell degeneration and vision loss. Vessel growth results from an imbalance of pro-angiogenic (e.g., vascular endothelial growth factor [VEGF] and anti-angiogenic factors (e.g., pigment epithelium-derived factor [PEDF]. Current treatment using intravitreal injections of anti-VEGF antibodies improves vision in about 30% of patients but may be accompanied by side effects and non-compliance. To avoid the difficulties posed by frequent intravitreal injections, we have proposed the transplantation of pigment epithelial cells modified to overexpress human PEDF. Stable transgene integration and expression is ensured by the hyperactive Sleeping Beauty transposon system delivered by pFAR4 miniplasmids, which have a backbone free of antibiotic resistance markers. We demonstrated efficient expression of the PEDF gene and an optimized PEDF cDNA sequence in as few as 5 × 103 primary cells. At 3 weeks post-transfection, PEDF secretion was significantly elevated and long-term follow-up indicated a more stable secretion by cells transfected with the optimized PEDF transgene. Analysis of transgene insertion sites in human RPE cells showed an almost random genomic distribution. The results represent an important contribution toward a clinical trial aiming at a non-viral gene therapy of nvAMD.

  1. Anatomical and visual outcomes of ranibizumab injections in retinal pigment epithelium tears

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    Muhammet Kazım Erol

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Purpose: To report the anatomical and visual results in patients diagnosed as having retinal pigment epithelium (RPE tears after receiving ranibizumab injections. Methods: Eyes diagnosed as having RPE tears with a minimum 6-month follow-up were retrospectively evaluated. Each eye was treated with at least three doses of ranibizumab at monthly intervals. Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA, anterior segment findings, intraocular pressure, and fundus examination results were evaluated during control visits. Color fundus photography, fundus fluorescein angiographies, fundus autofluorescence, and spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT images were obtained. The height of pigment epithelial detachment (PED was measured by SD-OCT. Results: Twelve eyes with RPE tears were studied. Nine eyes (75% developed RPE tears during ranibizumab injections for choroidal neovascularization (eight eyes with vascularized PED and one eye with choroidal osteoma, and tears occurred in three eyes before any injections. The median number of ranibizumab injections after diagnosis of RPE tears was 3 (min 2, max 5. In the most recent follow-up visit, there was no statistically significant correlation between the grade of RPE and logMAR of BCVA (p>0.05, r=0.112. Eight of twelve eyes had PED, and seven of these had irregular PED contours before injection therapy. The mean PED height was 447 ± 122 µm. Conclusions: In this series, RPE tears developed mostly after intravitreal anti-VEGF injections for vascularized PED. Increased vertical height and irregular contours of the PEDs can be risk factors for the formation of RPE tears. The continuation of anti-VEGF therapy after tear formation is beneficial for vision improvement in eyes with RPE tears.

  2. Effects of intravitreal bevacizumab injection on the clinical manifestations of nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy in patients with macular edema: a systematic review

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    Touka Banaee

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Bevacizumab (Avastin is considered as an effective strategy in the treatment of various ocular diseases. As a vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF inhibitor, Avastin is used to control macular edema in patients with nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR. Therefore, in this study, we systematically reviewed the effects of intravitreal bevacizumab injections on nonproliferative stage of diabetic retinopathy. Methods: Scopus and PubMed were systematically searched to find articles in which the effect of Avastin (bevacizumab had been evaluated in nonproliferative stage of diabetic retinopathy. Literature search was performed using “Avastin OR bevacizumab”, “nonproliferative stage” and “diabetic retinopathy” as keyterms in the title, keywords, and abstract.Result: All 47 articles were found in all databases, two additional records were found through reference list screening, and only 10 articles were relevant to the purpose of this study. According to the inclusion/exclusion criteria, 39 articles were excluded in several step processes of article selection. The results revealed that intravitreal injection of bevacizumab could be safely used to treat various ocular disease, particularly NPDR stage of diabetic retinopathy with macular edema.Discussion: Bevacizumab is considered as a novel and effective modality in the treatment of various ocular diseases such as retinal neovascularization, neovascular glaucoma, macular edema, and other ocular complications. Findings also suggested that bevacizumab is a suitable therapeutic approach in clinical use.Conclusion: According to the results of included documents, intravitreal injection of bevacizumab could be considered as a promising treatment modality in the clinical management of NPDR stage of diabetic retinopathy.

  3. Statins in rhegmatogenous retinal detachment are associated with low intravitreal angiopoietin-2, VEGF and MMP-2 levels, and improved visual acuity gain in vitrectomized patients.

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    Tuuminen, Raimo; Haukka, Jari; Loukovaara, Sirpa

    2015-10-01

    In rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD), intravitreal growth factors and cytokines may compromise post-vitrectomy outcomes. Here, we analysed perioperative intravitreal protein levels of potent vasoactive, pro-inflammatory, and extracellular matrix-remodelling factors in RRD eyes of patients treated with statins and evaluated post-vitrectomy outcome in the same study eyes. Institutional, retrospective, observational study of 14 patients operated on for RRD while on statins compared to patients without statin medication (n = 82). Vitreous samples were subjected to protein measurements of angiopoietin (ANGPT)-1 and -2, transforming growth factor-β1, and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) by ELISA, and of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 and -9 by gelatin zymography. A 1-month best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) gain was modelled by Student's T-test and multivariate linear regression with concomitant perioperative medication. Cumulative 12-month revitrectomy frequency was modelled by Kaplan-Meier log-rank test. Intravitreal levels of ANGPT-2 (49.2 ± 33.1 vs. 112.8 ± 134.1 pg/ml, mean ± SD, p < 0.001), VEGF (2.3 ± 2.4 vs. 17.7 ± 57.8 pg/ml, p = 0.021), and MMP-2 (1107.1 ± 884.6 vs 1976.4 ± 970.1 AU/ml, p = 0.005) in RRD eyes of patients treated with statins were lower than in non-statin-treated controls. Patients on statins had better 1-month BCVA improvement than did those not on statins (p = 0.022), with no difference in 1-year re-vitrectomy rates. Intravitreal levels of ANGPT-2, VEGF, factors involved in vascular permeability and inflammation, and activity of MMP-2, the factor connected with breakdown of basement membrane and fibroproliferation, were lower in RRD eyes of patients with statin treatment. At 1-month, postoperative BCVA gain was improved in statin-treated RRD eyes, suggesting that statin administration may be effective in preventing inflammation-related PVR formation.

  4. Intravitreal concentrations of a near-infrared fluorescence-labeled biotherapeutic determined in situ using confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy.

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    Basile, Anthony S; Glazier, Genevieve; Lee, Alice; Jiang, Li-Ying; Johnson, Theodore R; Shields, Michael J; Vezina, Mark; Doppalapudi, Venkata R

    2011-09-01

    The pharmacokinetics of ophthalmic biotherapeutics are difficult to determine in human vitreous humor. Because of the high transparency of living tissue to near-infrared (NIR) light, the temporal changes in vitreous concentrations of a biomolecule labeled with an NIR fluorescent probe can be monitored in situ with a scanning laser ophthalmoscope (SLO). A humanized IgG was labeled with the NIR probe IRDye800CW (CVX-4164). Rabbits were given CVX-4164 intravitreally, and NIR fluorescence intensity was measured in the central plane of the vitreous humor with an SLO. Fluorescence intensities were converted to concentrations by using standard curves. Little background fluorescence was detected, and the minimum detectable concentration of CVX-4164 was CVX-4164 determined in situ declined with time, with C(max) ≈ 1 μM and t½ = 145 hours (112-μg dose). The t½ of CVX-4164 was approximately three times greater than that of the IRDye800CW alone, whereas the vitreal clearance (CL) and volume of distribution (V(ss)) of the native dye were approximately 2000- and 550-fold greater than that of the conjugate. CVX-4164 concentrations determined in situ were 2.6 to 4.4 times higher than those determined by ex vivo NIR fluorescence or ELISA in homogenized vitreous humor, reflecting the greater spatial resolution of in situ imaging. Moreover, vitreal concentrations determined in situ were >3 orders of magnitude greater than plasma concentrations of CVX-4164, as determined by ELISA, and had a different kinetic profile. This study demonstrates the feasibility of determining the pharmacokinetics of intraocular biotherapeutics labeled with NIR fluorescent probes by in situ monitoring.

  5. Comparison of acute effect of systemic versus intravitreal infliximab treatment in an experimental model of endotoxin-induced uveitis.

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    Yuksel, Erdem; Hasanreisoglu, Berati; Yuksel, Nilay; Yilmaz, Guldal; Ercin, Ugur; Bilgihan, Ayse

    2014-02-01

    In this study, we investigated the efficacy of systemic and intravitreal (IV) infliximab treatments and compared these 2 different treatment modalities in an experimental model of endotoxin-induced uveitis (EIU). Twenty-four white New Zealand rabbits were equally divided into 4 groups. Group 1 received IV injection of lipopolysaccharide (LPS), group 2 received IV injections of LPS and saline, group 3 received IV LPS and IV 2 mg/0.1 cc infliximab, and group 4 received IV LPS and 5 mg/kg intravenous infliximab. Inflammation was determined with objective and subjective tests. The subjective test was clinical determination of uveitis, the objective tests were determination of protein concentrations and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) levels and histopathology. Clinical examination score was lower in group 3 and group 4 (4±0.6 and 3.5±1.6, respectively) when compared with group 1 (P=0.02; P=0.04, respectively) and group 2. In group 3 and 4, the aqueous and vitreous protein and TNF-α concentration measured significantly lower than group 1 and 2. In histopathologic examination, there was no statistically significant difference between group 1, 2, and 3 (3.5±0.5, 3.6±0.5, 3.6±0.5, respectively). However, the lowest histopathologic inflammation was determined in group 4 (2.5±0.5) (compared with group 1 and group 3, respectively; P=0.03; P=0.014). In a rabbit model of experimental EIU, intravenous administration of infliximab was more effective than IV route in an acute period.

  6. Effect of intravitreal bevacizumab on serum, aqueous, and vitreous humor levels of erythropoietin in patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy.

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    Cancarini, A; Costagliola, C; Dell'omo, R; Romano, M; Morescalchi, F; Agnifili, L; Ruggeri, G; Semeraro, F

    2014-12-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate concentrations of erythropoietin (EPO) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in serum, aqueous and vitreous humour of diabetic patients with proliferative retinopathy (PDR) and to verify their possible modifications induced by intravitreal injection of bevacizumab (IVB). This prospective observational study was performed on patients who underwent vitrectomy for proliferative diabetic retinopathy and macular hole or pucker. The study sample consisted of 33 patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy and 20 non-diabetic patients with macular hole or pucker. EPO and VEGF levels in serum, aqueous and vitreous humour were measured in both groups. In diabetic patients measures were performed before and after IVB. EPO and VEGF levels in aqueous and vitreous humour were markedly increased in diabetic patients with PDR as compared with those recorded in the control group (P<0.001); contrarily, EPO serum levels were similar in both groups (p=not significant). IVB did not affect EPO levels (aqueous 39.1 ± 29.2 vs. 38.6 ± 26.1; vitreous 179.3 ± 88.3 vs. 131.6 ± 67.8; serum 9.2 ± 5.8 vs. 6.9 ± 3.7 mUI/mL); conversely, VEGF concentration significantly decreased 15 days after IVB in serum and ocular fluids (aqueous 141.6 ± 12.3 vs. 81.4 ± 5.4; vitreous 180.4 ± 45.8 vs. 95.8 ± 23.6; serum 113.9 ± 52.8 vs. 73.2 ± 65.6 mUI/mL). These findings demonstrate that the production of VEGF and EPO is regulated by different mechanisms. Intraocular levels of EPO in diabetic patients were significantly higher than those recorded in serum, suggesting a local production. In addition, bevacizumab does not influence intraocular levels of EPO.

  7. Characterization of intravitreally delivered capsid mutant AAV2-Cre vector to induce tissue-specific mutations in murine retinal ganglion cells.

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    Langouet-Astrie, Christophe J; Yang, Zhiyong; Polisetti, Sraavya M; Welsbie, Derek S; Hauswirth, William W; Zack, Donald J; Merbs, Shannath L; Enke, Raymond A

    2016-10-01

    Targeted expression of Cre recombinase in murine retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) by viral vector is an effective strategy for creating tissue-specific gene knockouts for investigation of genetic contribution to RGC degeneration associated with optic neuropathies. Here we characterize dosage, efficacy and toxicity for sufficient intravitreal delivery of a capsid mutant Adeno-associated virus 2 (AAV2) vector encoding Cre recombinase. Wild type and Rosa26 (R26) LacZ mice were intravitreally injected with capsid mutant AAV2 viral vectors. Murine eyes were harvested at intervals ranging from 2 weeks to 15 weeks post-injection and were assayed for viral transduction, transgene expression and RGC survival. 10(9) vector genomes (vg) were sufficient for effective in vivo targeting of murine ganglion cell layer (GCL) retinal neurons. Transgene expression was observed as early as 2 weeks post-injection of viral vectors and persisted to 11 weeks. Early expression of Cre had no significant effect on RGC survival, while significant RGC loss was detected beginning 5 weeks post-injection. Early expression of viral Cre recombinase was robust, well-tolerated and predominantly found in GCL neurons suggesting this strategy can be effective in short-term RGC-specific mutation studies in experimental glaucoma models such as optic nerve crush and transection experiments. RGC degeneration with Cre expression for more than 4 weeks suggests that Cre toxicity is a limiting factor for targeted mutation strategies in RGCs. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Effect of intravitreal methotrexate and rituximab on interleukin-10 levels in aqueous humor of treated eyes with vitreoretinal lymphoma.

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    Harish Raja

    Full Text Available Intraocular cytokines are promising diagnostic biomarkers of vitreoretinal lymphoma. Here, we evaluate the utility of IL-10, IL-6 and IL-10/IL-6 for discriminating lymphoma from uveitis and report the effects of intraocular methotrexate and rituximab on aqueous cytokine levels in eyes with lymphoma. This is a retrospective case series including 10 patients with lymphoma and 7 patients with uveitis. Non-parametric Mann-Whitney analysis was performed to determine statistical significance of difference in interleukin levels between lymphoma and uveitis. Compared to eyes with uveitis, eyes with lymphoma had higher levels of IL-10 (U = 7.0; two-tailed p = 0.004 and IL-10/IL-6 (U = 6.0; two-tailed p = 0.003, whereas IL-6 levels were more elevated, although insignificant, in those patients with uveitis than in lymphoma (U = 15.0; two-tailed p = ns. Using a receiver operating characteristic analysis to identify threshold values diagnostic for lymphoma, optimal sensitivity and specificity improved to 80.0% and 100%, respectively, for IL-10>7.025 pg/ml and 90.0% and 100.0%, respectively, for IL-10/IL-6>0.02718. In patients in whom serial interleukin levels were available, regular intravitreal treatment with methotrexate and rituximab was associated with reduction in IL-10 levels over time. In conclusion, optimal IL-10 and IL-10/IL-6 threshold values are associated with a diagnostic sensitivity ≥80% and specificity of 100%. Therefore, these cytokines may serve as a useful adjunct in the diagnosis of lymphoma. While negative IL-10 and IL-10/IL-6 values do not exclude a diagnosis of lymphoma, elevated levels do appear to be consistent with lymphoma clinically. Moreover, elevated levels of IL-10 in the setting of a clinically quiet eye may point to impending disease recurrence. Lastly, once lymphoma is diagnosed, IL-10 levels can be monitored over time to assess disease activity and therapeutic response.

  9. Outer retina reflectivity changes on sd-oct after intravitreal ocriplasmin for vitreomacular traction and macular hole.

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    Quezada-Ruiz, Carlos; Pieramici, Dante J; Nasir, Maʼan; Rabena, Melvin; Steinle, Nathan; Castellarin, Alessandro A; Dhoot, Dilsher; Couvillion, Stephen; See, Robert F; Avery, Robert L

    2015-06-01

    To report initial experience with intravitreal ocriplasmin (IVO) and to describe outer retina reflectivity changes observed on spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) after IVO injection in patients with vitreomacular traction (VMT) with or without macular holes (MHs). A consecutive retrospective review of patients with VMT and MH who were treated with IVO was performed. Patients underwent complete ophthalmic evaluation, including nonstandardized Snellen visual acuity testing, and SD-OCT at baseline and follow-up visits. A total of 23 patients who received IVO for VMT and/or MH were included for analysis. Patient age ranged from 53 years to 93 years with a mean of 74 years. The mean follow-up was 174 days (range: 20-291 days). Vitreomacular traction release at Day 30 after IVO was achieved in 11 of 23 patients (47.82%), at an average of 14.54 days (range: 1-30 days) after treatment. The mean visual acuity improved from 0.50 to 0.38. At presentation, eight patients had MH associated with VMT. Closure of the MH with ocriplasmin was achieved in two patients, and six patients underwent pars plana vitrectomy for MH repair. Ten of 23 patients (43.47%) presented with changes in the outer retina reflectivity on SD-OCT after IVO, 4 patients of this group experienced a decrease in visual acuity. In 7 of these 10 patients (70%), VMT release was documented on OCT by Day 30 postinjection compared with 4 of 13 patients (30.76%) without outer retina changes post-IVO. Normalization of the outer retina reflectivity was achieved in all cases. In this case series of VMT/MH patients treated with ocriplasmin, changes in the SD-OCT outer retina reflectivity were relatively common. Within weeks, the outer retinal reflectivity on SD-OCT improved, as did the visual acuity. Further studies to investigate the association between outer retina reflectivity changes with the use of IVO and long-term visual acuity outcomes are warranted.

  10. A multicenter, 12-month randomized study comparing dexamethasone intravitreal implant with ranibizumab in patients with diabetic macular edema.

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    Callanan, David G; Loewenstein, Anat; Patel, Sunil S; Massin, Pascale; Corcóstegui, Borja; Li, Xiao-Yan; Jiao, Jenny; Hashad, Yehia; Whitcup, Scott M

    2017-03-01

    To evaluate whether treatment with dexamethasone intravitreal implant (DEX implant) 0.7 mg every 5 months provides a similar average change in best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) from baseline as ranibizumab 0.5 mg administered as per its European Summary of Product Characteristics in patients with diabetic macular edema (DME). This was a multicenter, open-label, 12-month, randomized, parallel-group, noninferiority study in patients with DME (one eye/patient). The primary efficacy measure was BCVA using the Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS) method. Secondary efficacy measures included area of leakage on fluorescein angiography and central retinal thickness (CRT) on optical coherence tomography. Baseline patient characteristics were similar in the two treatment groups (DEX implant, n = 181; ranibizumab, n = 182); mean DME duration was ∼33 months. The mean average BCVA change from baseline over 12 months was 4.34 letters with DEX implant and 7.60 letters with ranibizumab. The lower limit of the 95 % confidence interval of the between-group difference was -4.74 letters, and therefore, DEX was demonstrated to be noninferior to ranibizumab based on the prespecified noninferiority margin of 5 letters. At monthly follow-up visits, the percentage of patients with ≥15-letter BCVA gain from baseline ranged from 7.2 to 17.7 % with DEX implant and 4.4 to 26.9 % with ranibizumab. Both DEX implant and ranibizumab effectively reduced CRT and reduced the area of fluorescein leakage. Between-group differences in change from baseline CRT favored DEX implant at 1, 2, 6, and 7 months (p ≤ 0.007) and ranibizumab at 4, 5, 9, and 10 months (p medication. Both DEX implant and ranibizumab were well tolerated and improved BCVA and anatomic outcomes in patients with DME. DEX implant met the a priori criterion for noninferiority to ranibizumab in average change from baseline BCVA over 12 months. Noninferiority was achieved with an average of 2

  11. Effect of laser photocoagulation and bevacizumab intravitreal in proliferative diabetic retinopathy: review on biomarkers of oxidative stress

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    Andi A. Victor

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: This study was aimed to compare the effect of laser photocoagulation (LF, intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB and combined treatments on biomarkers of oxidative stress such as aldehhyde dehidrogenase (ALDH, malondialdehyde (MDA level, superoxide dismutase (SOD activities, and vitreal vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF on proliferative diabetic retinopathy (DR patients.Methods: In this single blind randomized clinical trial, 72 eyes from 69 cases of proliferative DR in Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital between February 2011 - June 2013 were randomized into 4 groups : 1 control (n = 18; 2 LF pre-vitrectomy (n = 18; 3 IVB pre-vitrectomy (n = 18; and 4 combined IVB and LF pre-vitrectomy (n = 18. One-way ANOVA was used to compare oxidative stress parameters in the four groups.Results: There were no statistically significant differences in the average plasma ALDH activity (0.034 ± 0.02; 0.027 ± 0.02; 0.025 ± 0.02; 0.031 ± 0.11 IU/mg protein; p = 0.66, vitreal MDA level (1.661 ± 1.21; 1.557 ± 1.32; 1.717 ± 1.54; 1.501 ± 1.09 nmol/mL; p = 0.96 and SOD activity (0.403 ± 0.50; 0.210 ± 0.18; 0.399 ± 0.49; 0.273 ± 0.32 U/mL; p = 0.38 among these four groups, respectively. However, the VEGF vitreal level (pg/mL showed a statistically significant difference (0.356 ± 0.60; 0.393 ± 0.45; 0.150 ± 0.24; 0.069 ± 0.13; p = 0.05. The VEGF level in combination group was five times lower than the control group (p = 0.05.Conclusion: Combined treatments of DR by IVB and LF were correlated with lower vitreal MDA and plasma VEGF level, but did not have any effect on plasma ALDH and vitreal SOD in proliferative DR. Combined treatments with IVB and LF are recommended for the management of proliferative DR patients.  

  12. The effect of intravitreal bevacizumab (Avastin® on ocular pulse amplitude in neovascular age-related macular degeneration

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    Ehud Rechtman

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    Full Text Available Ehud Rechtman1, Ingeborg Stalmans2, Joseph Glovinsky1, Christophe Breusegem2, Joseph Moisseiev1, Joachim Van Calster2, Alon Harris31Goldschleger Eye Institute, Sheba Medical Center, Ramat Gan, Israel; 2Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospitals Leuven, Leuven, Belgium; 3Department of Ophthalmology, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, USAPurpose: To evaluate the effect of intravitreal (IVT bevacizumab in neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD on global choroidal hemodynamics, as measured by ocular pulse amplitude (OPA.Methods: This was a two-center prospective study (Sheba Medical Center, Israel, and University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium. AMD patients who required IVT bevacizumab (1.25 mg/0.05 mL; first or repeated were examined three times: at days 0 (prior to injection, 7 (±3, and 28 (±7 postinjection. At each visit, OPAs of both eyes were measured using the Pascal dynamic contour tonometer (DCT. A paired t-test between preoperative and postoperative OPA was conducted. Pearson correlation was used to evaluate the influence of various measured parameters on DCT–OPA.Results: A total of 38 neovascular AMD patients were recruited, and 30 patients were included in the final analysis (18 females and 12 males; age 78.8 ± 5.82 years [mean ± standard deviation]. A good correlation was found throughout the study between the DCT–intraocular pressure (IOP and Goldmann IOP and between DCT–IOP and DCT–OPA. No change in OPA of bevacizumab-treated eyes was found between the visits (2.24 ± 0.73, 2.2 ± 0.86, and 2.23 ± 0.73 mm Hg at visits 1, 2, and 3, respectively; paired t-test: P = 0.77 between visits 1 and 2, P = 0.98 between visits 1 and 3. No correlations were found between DCT–OPA and age, heart rate, systemic blood pressure, axial length, keratometry readings, and central corneal thickness.Conclusions: OPA, an indirect measure of global choroidal hemodynamics, remains unchanged following IVT off-label bevacizumab. This

  13. Real-world assessment of intravitreal dexamethasone implant (0.7 mg) in patients with macular edema: the CHROME study.

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    Lam, Wai-Ching; Albiani, David A; Yoganathan, Pradeepa; Chen, John Chanchiang; Kherani, Amin; Maberley, David Al; Oliver, Alejandro; Rabinovitch, Theodore; Sheidow, Thomas G; Tourville, Eric; Wittenberg, Leah A; Sigouin, Chris; Baptiste, Darryl C

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the real-world use, efficacy, and safety of one or more dexamethasone intravitreal implant(s) 0.7 mg (DEX implant) in patients with macular edema (ME). This was a retrospective cohort study of patients with ME secondary to retinal disease treated at ten Canadian retina practices, including one uveitis center. Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), central retinal thickness (CRT), intraocular pressure (IOP), glaucoma and cataract surgery, and safety data were collected from the medical charts of patients with ≥3 months of follow-up after the initial DEX implant. One hundred and one patient charts yielded data on 120 study eyes, including diagnoses of diabetic ME (DME) (n=34), retinal vein occlusion (RVO, n=30; branch in 19 and central in 11), and uveitis (n=23). Patients had a mean age of 60.9 years, and 73.3% of the study eyes had ME for a duration of ≥12 months prior to DEX implant injection(s). Baseline mean (± standard error) BCVA was 0.63±0.03 logMAR (20/86 Snellen equivalents) and mean CRT was 474.4±18.2 μm. The mean number of DEX implant injections was 1.7±0.1 in all study eyes; 44.2% of eyes had repeat DEX implant injections (reinjection interval 2.3-4.9 months). The greatest mean peak changes in BCVA lines of vision occurred in study eyes with uveitis (3.3±0.6, P0.05). Significant decreases in CRT were observed: -255.6±43.6 μm for uveitis, -190.9±23.5 μm for DME, and -160.7±39.6 μm for RVO (P<0.0001 for all cohorts). IOP increases of ≥10 mmHg occurred in 20.6%, 24.1%, and 22.7% of DME, RVO, and uveitis study eyes, respectively. IOP-lowering medication was initiated in 29.4%, 16.7%, and 8.7% of DME, RVO, and uveitis study eyes, respectively. Glaucoma surgery was performed in 1.7% of all study eyes and cataract surgery in 29.8% of all phakic study eyes receiving DEX implant(s). DEX implant(s) alone or combined with other treatments and/or procedures resulted in functional and anatomic improvements in

  14. Liposomal 64Cu-PET Imaging of Anti-VEGF Drug Effects on Liposomal Delivery to Colon Cancer Xenografts.

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    Blocker, Stephanie J; Douglas, Kirk A; Polin, Lisa Anne; Lee, Helen; Hendriks, Bart S; Lalo, Enxhi; Chen, Wei; Shields, Anthony F

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    Liposomes (LP) deliver drug to tumors due to enhanced permeability and retention (EPR). LP were labeled with 64 Cu for positron emission tomography (PET) to image tumor localization. Bevacizumab (bev), a VEGF targeted antibody, may modify LP delivery by altering tumor EPR and this change can also be imaged. Objective : Assess the utility of 64 Cu-labeled LP for PET in measuring altered LP delivery early after treatment with bev. Methods: HT-29 human colorectal adenocarcinoma tumors were grown subcutaneously in SCID mice. Empty LP MM-DX-929 (Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Cambridge, MA) were labeled with 64 CuCl 2 chelated with 4-DEAP-ATSC. Tumor-bearing mice received ~200-300 μCi of 64 Cu-MM-DX-929 and imaged with microPET. All mice were scanned before and after the treatment period, in which half of the mice received bev for one week. Scans were compared for changes in LP accumulation during this time. Initially, tissues were collected after the second PET for biodistribution measurements and histological analysis. Subsequent groups were divided for further treatment. Tumor growth following bev treatment, with or without LP-I, was assessed compared to untreated controls. Results : PET scans of untreated mice showed increased uptake of 64 Cu-MM-DX-929, with a mean change in tumor SUV max of 43.9%±6.6% (n=10) after 7 days. Conversely, images of treated mice showed that liposome delivery did not increase, with changes in SUV max of 7.6%±4.8% (n=12). Changes in tumor SUV max were significantly different between both groups (p=0.0003). Histology of tumor tissues indicated that short-term bev was able to alter vessel size. Therapeutically, while bev monotherapy, LP-I monotherapy, and treatment with bev followed by LP-I all slowed HT-29 tumor growth compared to controls, combination provided no therapeutic benefit. Conclusions: PET with tracer LP 64 Cu-MM-DX-929 can detect significant differences in LP delivery to colon tumors treated with bev when compared to untreated controls. Imaging with 64 Cu-MM-DX-929 is sensitive enough to measure drug-induced changes in LP localization which can have an effect on outcomes of treatment with LP.

  15. Choroidal haemangioma and photodynamic therapy. Anatomical and functional response of patients with choroidal hemangioma treated with photodynamic therapy.

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    Subirà, O; Brosa, H; Lorenzo-Parra, D; Arias-Barquet, L; Català-Mora, J; Cobos, E; Garcia-Bru, P; Rubio-Caso, M J; Caminal-Mitjana, J M

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    To study the effectiveness and limitations of photodynamic therapy (PDT) as treatment of choice in patients with symptomatic circumscribed choroidal haemangioma. A retrospective study was conducted on 16 patients (13 men and 3 women, with mean age of 54.88 years) with circumscribed choroidal haemangioma, who attended our centre and were treated with PDT in the last 7 years. All patients had circumscribed choroidal haemangioma, which caused a decrease in visual acuity (VA) secondary to the presence of intraretinal microcystic oedema or neurosensory detachment. The mean initial VA was 0.23, and the final mean VA after performing PDT was 0.38 (all the VA were measured in decimal scale). It should be noted that patients needed a mean of 1.69 PDT sessions. Three of the patients needed rescue treatment with trans-pupillary thermotherapy, intravitreal injection of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (ranibizumab, aflibercept) or a dexamethasone intravitreal implant (Ozurdex ® ). The indication for a change of treatment was the persistence of intraretinal microcystic oedema and/or neurosensory detachment (or incomplete resolution) after 3 PDT sessions. As overall results, 62.5% of patients evolved into anatomical and functional (increase in AV or stability) resolution. PDT is a straight forward and fast procedure, with a good anatomical and functional response, causing minimal damage to adjacent vessels. Copyright © 2016 Sociedad Española de Oftalmología. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  16. [Role of oral antiviral therapy in the treatment of acute retinal necrosis].

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    Haouzi, Samia El; Jait, Amina; Lezrek, Omar; Samira, Tachfouti; Amina, Laghmari; Cherkaoui, Ouafa; Abdellouahed, Karman; Daoudi, Rajae

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    Acute retinal necrosis syndrome (ARNS) is a rare but devastating uveitic syndrome with devastating visual outcome (visual prognosis ++). It should be diagnosed as early as possible because of its severity and its risk of bilateralization. This is a rare entity caused by the group of herpes viruses. In immunocompromised patients the complications of RNA syndrome often lead to loss of visual acuity. After the discovery of this disease using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and immune load coefficient (ILC) usually by puncturing the cornea to evacuate the aqueous humour, the confirmation of this diagnosis allows for faster optimization of disease management decreasing the time required to confirm the diagnosis. ARN syndrome is associated with a very poor prognosis. Recent studies have shown that oral antiviral (valaciclovir, famciclovir and valganciclovir) and intravitreal therapies without initial intravenous treatment are an effective treatment for RNA. We report the clinical features of a 39-year-old young patient admitted to our emergency department with visual loss. Ophthalmologic examination objectified unilateral acute retinal necrosis. The patient was treated with oral antiviral therapy (valacyclovir) associated with corticosteroids and evolution was very favorable. the prognosis of acute retinal necrosis syndrome or RNA is usually severe. The patient should be treated as early as possible in order to limit bilateralization and the occurrence of complications. This study confirms that oral antiviral (valacyclovir, famciclovir and valganciclovir) and intravitreal therapies without initial intravenous treatment are an effective treatment for RNA.

  17. Long-term outcomes of gene therapy for the treatment of Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy

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    Shuo Yang

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON is a disease that leads to blindness. Gene therapy has been investigated with some success, and could lead to important advancements in treating LHON. This was a prospective, open-label trial involving 9 LHON patients at Tongji Hospital, Wuhan, China, from August 2011 to December 2015. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the long-term outcomes of gene therapy for LHON. Nine LHON patients voluntarily received an intravitreal injection of rAAV2-ND4. Systemic examinations and visual function tests were performed during the 36-month follow-up period to determine the safety and efficacy of this gene therapy. Based on successful experiments in an animal model of LHON, 1 subject also received an rAAV2-ND4 injection in the second eye 12 months after gene therapy was administered in the first eye. Recovery of visual acuity was defined as the primary outcome of this study. Changes in the visual field, visual evoked potential (VEP, optical coherence tomography findings, liver and kidney function, and antibodies against AAV2 were defined as secondary endpoints. Eight patients (Patients 2–9 received unilateral gene therapy and visual function improvement was observed in both treated eyes (Patients 4, 6, 7, and 8 and untreated eyes (Patients 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8. Visual regression fluctuations, defined as changes in visual acuity greater than or equal to 0.3 logMAR, were observed in Patients 2 and 9. Age at disease onset, disease duration, and the amount of remaining optic nerve fibers did not have a significant effect on the visual function improvement. The visual field and pattern reversal VEP also improved. The patient (Patient 1 who received gene therapy in both eyes had improved visual acuity in the injected eye after the first treatment. Unfortunately, visual acuity in this eye decreased 3 months after he received gene therapy in the second eye. Animal experiments suggested that ND4 expression remains

  18. Gene therapy with recombinant adeno-associated vectors for neovascular age-related macular degeneration: 1 year follow-up of a phase 1 randomised clinical trial.

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    Rakoczy, Elizabeth P; Lai, Chooi-May; Magno, Aaron L; Wikstrom, Matthew E; French, Martyn A; Pierce, Cora M; Schwartz, Steven D; Blumenkranz, Mark S; Chalberg, Thomas W; Degli-Esposti, Mariapia A; Constable, Ian J

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    Neovascular, or wet, age-related macular degeneration causes central vision loss and represents a major health problem in elderly people, and is currently treated with frequent intraocular injections of anti-VEGF protein. Gene therapy might enable long-term anti-VEGF therapy from a single treatment. We tested the safety of rAAV.sFLT-1 in treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration with a single subretinal injection. In this single-centre, phase 1, randomised controlled trial, we enrolled patients with wet age-related macular degeneration at the Lions Eye Institute and the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (Nedlands, WA, Australia). Eligible patients had to be aged 65 years or older, have age-related macular degeneration secondary to active subfoveal choroidal neovascularisation, with best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) of 3/60-6/24 and 6/60 or better in the other eye. Patients were randomly assigned (3:1) to receive either 1 × 10(10) vector genomes (vg; low-dose rAAV.sFLT-1 group) or 1 × 10(11) vg (high-dose rAAV.sFLT-1 group), or no gene-therapy treatment (control group). Randomisation was done by sequential group assignment. All patients and investigators were unmasked. Staff doing the assessments were masked to the study group at study visits. All patients received ranibizumab at baseline and week 4, and rescue treatment during follow-up based on prespecified criteria including BCVA measured on the Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study (EDTRS) scale, optical coherence tomography, and fluorescein angiography. The primary endpoint was ocular and systemic safety. This trial is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT01494805. From Dec 16, 2011, to April 5, 2012, we enrolled nine patients of whom eight were randomly assigned to receive either intervention (three patients in the low-dose rAAV.sFLT-1 group and three patients in the high-dose rAAV.sFLT-1 group) or no treatment (two patients in the control group). Subretinal injection of r

  19. Proton therapy

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  20. Visual outcomes of age-related macular degeneration patients undergoing intravitreal ranibizumab monotherapy in an urban population: letter to the editor

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    Full Text Available Michael W Stewart Department of Ophthalmology, Mayo Clinic Florida, Jacksonville, FL, USA In their recently published manuscript entitled “Visual outcomes of age-related macular degeneration patients undergoing intravitreal ranibizumab monotherapy in an urban population” Basheer et al1 reported on the prospectively acquired results of 123 eyes (106 patients treated for 2 years with ranibizumab as needed. Visual acuity (VA outcomes from this series were summarized by the following statement: “Although our results, and those from other clinical settings, do not quite match the degree of vision preservation and gain as the large clinical trials, they are not dramatically dissimilar”.1 Unfortunately, the authors provide no statistical analysis to support this statement.View original paper by Basheer and colleagues.

  1. Influences of Pinpoint Plantar Long-Wavelength Infrared Light Irradiation (Stress-Free Therapy on Chorioretinal Hemodynamics, Atherosclerosis Factors, and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor

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    Full Text Available Background: We previously reported that pinpoint plantar long-wavelength infrared light irradiation (stress-free therapy; SFT is useful for alleviating insulin resistance and improving intracranial blood flow in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. This study was undertaken to evaluate the influences of SFT on chorioretinal hemodynamics (retinal artery and vein blood flows as well as atherosclerosis-related factors (TG, LDL-C and VEGF in patients with dyslipidemia. Methods: Four patients with dyslipidemia received 15-minute irradiation with a stress-free apparatus (far-infrared wavelength, 30 mW. Using laser speckle flowgraphy, associations of chorioretinal blood flow with peripheral atherosclerosis-inducing factors/VEGF levels before and after irradiation were analyzed. Results: Chorioretinal blood flow increased, while TG/LDL-C levels decreased, after irradiation. VEGF tended to rise in cases with pre-irradiation baseline levels at the lower limit but tended to decrease in cases in which baseline levels had exceeded the normal range. Conclusion: SFT was suggested to enhance chorioretinal circulation and to normalize VEGF, thereby possibly contributing to amelioration of atherosclerosis-inducing factors. Abnormalities in chorioretinal hemodynamics are known to be highly involved in the pathophysiology of diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration, and anti-VEGF antibody has been used for treating these conditions. The necessity of risk management, involving chorioretinal blood flow, has been pointed out when dealing with central retinal vein occlusion, diabetes mellitus, ischemic cerebral/cardiac disease, dementia and so on. SFT is therefore a potential complementary medical strategy which can be expected to contribute to normalization of chorioretinal blood flow and atherosclerosis-inducing factors/VEGF levels, and thereby to the prevention of lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Keywords: Pinpoint plantar long

  2. Acidic pH reduces VEGF-mediated endothelial cell responses by downregulation of VEGFR-2; relevance for anti-angiogenic therapies.

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    Faes, Seraina; Uldry, Emilie; Planche, Anne; Santoro, Tania; Pythoud, Catherine; Demartines, Nicolas; Dormond, Olivier

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    Anti-angiogenic treatments targeting the vascular endothelial growth factor or its receptors have shown clinical benefits. However, impact on long-term survival remains limited. Solid tumors display an acidic microenvironment that profoundly influences their biology. Consequences of acidity on endothelial cells and anti-angiogenic therapies remain poorly characterized and hence are the focus of this study. We found that exposing endothelial cells to acidic extracellular pH resulted in reduced cell proliferation and migration. Also, whereas VEGF increased endothelial cell proliferation and survival at pH 7.4, it had no effect at pH 6.4. Furthermore, in acidic conditions, stimulation of endothelial cells with VEGF did not result in activation of downstream signaling pathways such as AKT. At a molecular level, acidity significantly decreased the expression of VEGFR-2 by endothelial cells. Consequently, anti-angiogenic therapies that target VEGFR-2 such as sunitinib and sorafenib failed to block endothelial cell proliferation in acidic conditions. In vivo, neutralizing tumor acidity with sodium bicarbonate increased the percentage of endothelial cells expressing VEGFR-2 in tumor xenografts. Furthermore, combining sodium bicarbonate with sunitinib provided stronger anti-cancer activity than either treatment alone. Histological analysis showed that sunitinib had a stronger anti-angiogenic effect when combined with sodium bicarbonate. Overall, our results show that endothelial cells prosper independently of VEGF in acidic conditions partly as a consequence of decreased VEGFR-2 expression. They further suggest that strategies aiming to raise intratumoral pH can improve the efficacy of anti-VEGF treatments.

  3. Early biomarkers from dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging to predict the response to antiangiogenic therapy in high-grade gliomas

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    Piludu, Francesca; Vidiri, Antonello [Regina Elena National Cancer Institute, Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging Department, Rome (Italy); Marzi, Simona [Regina Elena National Cancer Institute, Medical Physics Laboratory, Rome (Italy); Pace, Andrea; Villani, Veronica [Regina Elena National Cancer Institute, Neurology Division, Rome (Italy); Fabi, Alessandra [Regina Elena National Cancer Institute, Oncology Department, Rome (Italy); Carapella, Carmine Maria [Regina Elena National Cancer Institute, Oncologic Surgery Department, Rome (Italy); Terrenato, Irene [Regina Elena National Cancer Institute, Biostatistics-Scientific Direction, Rome (Italy); Antenucci, Anna [Regina Elena National Cancer Institute, Clinical Pathology, Rome (Italy)

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    The aim of this study is to investigate whether early changes in tumor volume and perfusion measurements derived from dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) may predict response to antiangiogenic therapy in recurrent high-grade gliomas. Twenty-seven patients who received bevacizumab every 3 weeks were enrolled in the study. For each patient, three MRI scans were performed: at baseline, after the first dose, and after the fourth dose of bevacizumab. The entire tumor volume (V{sub tot}), as well as contrast-enhanced and noncontrast-enhanced tumor subvolumes (V{sub CE-T1} and V{sub NON-CE-T1}, respectively) were outlined using post-contrast T1-weighted images as a guide for the tumor location. Histogram analysis of normalized IAUGC (nIAUGC) and transfer constant K{sup trans} maps were performed. Each patient was classified as a responder patient if he/she had a partial response or a stable disease or as a nonresponder patient if he/she had progressive disease. Responding patients showed a larger reduction in V{sub NON-CE-T1} after a single dose, compared to nonresponding patients. Tumor subvolumes with increased values of nIAUGC and K{sup trans}, after a single dose, significantly differed between responders and nonresponders. The radiological response was found to be significantly associated to the clinical outcome. After a single dose, V{sub tot} was predictive of overall survival (OS), while V{sub CE-T1} showed a tendency of correlation with OS. Tumor subvolumes with increased nIAUGC and K{sup trans} showed the potential for improving the diagnostic accuracy of DCE. Early assessments of the entire tumor volume, including necrotic areas, may provide complementary information of tumor behavior in response to anti-VEGF therapies and is worth further investigation. (orig.)

  4. Intravitreal Ciliary Neurotrophic Factor Transiently Improves Cone-Mediated Function in a CNGB3−/− Mouse Model of Achromatopsia

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    Marangoni, Dario; Vijayasarathy, Camasamudram; Bush, Ronald A.; Wei, Lisa L.; Wen, Rong; Sieving, Paul A.

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    Purpose Ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) was recently shown to augment cone function in CNGB3 mutant achromat dogs. However, testing CNTF-releasing implant in human CNGB3 achromats failed to show benefit. We evaluated the effects of CNTF protein on the retinal function in an additional achromatopsia model, the CNGB3−/− mouse. Methods Fifty-nine CNGB3−/− mice (postnatal day [PD] ± SD = 30 ± 7) received a unilateral intravitreal injection of 1 or 2 μg CNTF protein, and 15 wild-type (WT) mice (PD = 34 ± 3) received 1 μg CNTF. Retinal function was evaluated by flash ERG and photopic flicker ERG (fERG) at 7 and 14 days after treatment. Results Seven days post CNTF, the photopic b-wave Vmax was significantly increased in CNGB3−/− mice (P < 0.01), whereas it was reduced in WT mice (P < 0.05). Ciliary neurotrophic factor significantly increased the amplitude of photopic fERG and the photopic oscillatory potentials (OPs) in CNGB3−/− mice. Ciliary neurotrophic factor did not alter the scotopic a-wave in either CNGB3−/− or WT mice, but it increased the scotopic b-wave k (P < 0.01) in CNGB3−/− mice, indicating diminished scotopic sensitivity, and reduced the scotopic b-wave Vmax in WT mice (P < 0.05). No difference was found in ERG parameters between 1 or 2 μg CNTF. Fourteen days after CNTF injection the ERG changes in CNGB3−/− mice were lost. Conclusions Intravitreal bolus CNTF protein caused a small and transient improvement of cone-mediated function in CNGB3−/− mice, whereas it reduced rod-mediated function. The increase in photopic OPs and the lack of changes in scotopic a-wave suggest a CNTF effect on the inner retina. PMID:26567794

  5. EFFECT OF INTRAVITREAL RANIBIZUMAB ON GANGLION CELL COMPLEX AND PERIPAPILLARY RETINAL NERVE FIBER LAYER IN NEOVASCULAR AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION USING SPECTRAL DOMAIN OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY.

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    Zucchiatti, Ilaria; Cicinelli, Maria V; Parodi, Maurizio Battaglia; Pierro, Luisa; Gagliardi, Marco; Accardo, Agostino; Bandello, Francesco

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    To analyze the changes in ganglion cell complex and peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer thickness, in central macular thickness and choroidal thickness on spectral domain optical coherence tomography in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration treated with intravitreal ranibizumab injections. All consecutive patients with untreated neovascular age-related macular degeneration received loading phase of three monthly intravitreal ranibizumab, followed by retreatments on a pro re nata protocol for 12 months. changes in ganglion cell complex and retinal nerve fiber layer at the end of follow-up. Secondary outcome: changes in best-corrected visual acuity, central macular thickness, and choroidal thickness at the end of follow-up. Choroidal thickness was measured at 500 μm, 1000 μm, and 1,500 μm intervals nasally, temporally, superiorly, and inferiorly to the fovea, respectively, on horizontal and vertical line scans centered on the fovea. Twenty-four eyes were included. Ganglion cell complex and peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer thickness did not show statistically significant changes through 12 months (55.6 ± 18.5 and 81.9 ± 9.9 μm at baseline, 52.7 ± 19.3 and 84.6 ± 15.5 μm at month 12, P > 0.05). Central macular thickness showed progressive decrease from baseline to month 12, with maximum reduction at month 3 (P retinal nerve fiber layer and ganglion cell complex thickness in 1-year follow-up. Choroidal thickness in papillomacular area and central macular thickness was significantly reduced at the end of treatment. Further studies, with larger sample, longer follow-up, and greater number of injections, are warranted.

  6. Intravitreal injection of ranibizumab using a pro re nata regimen for age-related macular degeneration and vision-related quality of life

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    Inoue M

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    Full Text Available Maiko Inoue, Akira Arakawa, Shin Yamane, Kazuaki Kadonosono Department of Ophthalmology, Yokohama City University Medical Center, Yokohama, Japan Background: The purpose of this study was to assess visual function and vision-related ­quality of life after intravitreal injection of ranibizumab (IVR using a pro re nata regimen for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration.Methods: A prospective study of 54 eyes in 54 patients scheduled to undergo IVR for the treatment of exudative age-related macular degeneration was performed. A self-administered, 25-item National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire (NEI VFQ-25 was completed before and 3 and 12 months after the initial IVR treatment. We evaluated logMAR visual acuity and NEI VFQ-25 scores preoperatively and postoperatively. Further, associations between the changes in NEI VFQ-25 scores and patient characteristics were investigated at 12 months. Results: Postoperative best-corrected visual acuity improved significantly when compared with the preoperative visual acuity throughout the 12-month period (P<0.05 at 3 and 12 months, respectively. On the other hand, IVR treatment significantly improved the postoperative NEI VFQ-25 mean composite score at both 3 and 12 months (P<0.05, respectively. Better visual acuity at 12 months was associated with a greater improvement in NEI VFQ-25 score at 12 months (P<0.05. Conclusion: IVR was well tolerated and improved vision in these patients with age-related macular degeneration, as evaluated at one-year follow-up examinations. IVR also enabled good subjective perception, as indicated by higher composite NEI VFQ-25 scores. Maintaining good visual acuity may be an important factor for improving vision-related quality of life. Keywords: age-related macular degeneration, ranibizumab, intravitreal injection, vascular endothelial growth factor, vision-related quality of life

  7. The Effect of Different Dosing Schedules of Intravitreal Sirolimus, a Mammalian Target of Rapamycin (mTOR) Inhibitor, in the Treatment of Non-Infectious Uveitis (An American Ophthalmological Society Thesis).

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    Nguyen, Quan Dong; Sadiq, Mohammad Ali; Soliman, Mohamed Kamel; Agarwal, Aniruddha; Do, Diana V; Sepah, Yasir J

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    To determine if two different doses of intravitreal sirolimus, an mTOR inhibitor, can decrease inflammation and is safe in eyes with non-infectious posterior, intermediate, or panuveitis in the Sirolimus as a Therapeutic Approach UVEitis: Protocol-2 (SAVE-2) Study. SAVE-2 is a prospective randomized, phase II, open-label interventional clinical trial conducted at 4 clinical centers in the United States. Eligible subjects were randomized into one of two treatments. Group 1 received 440µg of intravitreal sirolimus in study eyes on days 0, 30, 60, 90, 120, and 150; group 2 received 880µg of intravitreal sirolimus on days 0, 60, and 120. Fellow eyes were also eligible to receive sirolimus (of opposite dose to that of study eye). Primary endpoint of the study was at month 6 (M6). 24 subjects have been randomized in SAVE-2 and are included in the analysis. Vitreous haze decreased by ≥2 steps in 63.6% and 50% of patients in groups 1 and 2, respectively at M6 (p=0.695). Mean change in best-corrected visual acuity for subjects was +3.66 and -2.91 ETDRS letters in group 1 and 2, respectively. Among subjects with macular edema at baseline (n=13), the mean change in foveal thickness was -89.42µm in group 1 and +81.5µm in group 2 at M6. Both low and high doses of intravitreal sirolimus were found to decrease vitreous haze in eyes with non-infectious uveitis. Low dose (440µg) sirolimus administered monthly may be more efficacious in reducing uveitic macular edema than high dose (880µg) administered every 2 months.

  8. Association of systemic comorbidity in diabetic serous macular detachment and comparison of various combination therapies in its management

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    Soman M

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    Full Text Available Manoj Soman,1 Sunil Ganekal,2 Unnikrishnan Nair,1 KGR Nair11Chaithanya Eye Hospital and Research Institute, Trivandrum, Kerala, 2Nayana Superspecialty Eye Hospital and Research Center, Davangere, Karnataka, IndiaBackground: The purpose of this research was to study the association between systemic comorbidity in diabetic serous macular detachment (DSMD and the effect of different forms of combination therapies in its management.Methods: In this prospective analysis, 34 eyes from 34 patients with DSMD were investigated for the presence of systemic comorbidity including anemia, dyslipidemia, nephropathy, and cardiac disease, and treated with combination therapy of either intravitreal bevacizumab + laser (group 1, n = 14 or intravitreal triamcinolone + laser (group 2, n = 20. Sequential macular laser was done 2 weeks after intravitreal pharmacotherapy in both groups. Outcome measures included visual acuity and central foveal thickness at 1 and 3 months.Results: The mean age of the patients was 55.6 ± 7.6 years. The commonest systemic association was nephropathy (82.3%. In group 1, mean visual acuity improved marginally from 6/17 at baseline to 6/16 at 1 month (P = 0.0001 and was maintained at 3 months (P = 0.008; and mean central foveal thickness decreased from 488.7 µm to 318.7 µm at 1 month (P = 0.0001 but increased to 414.4 µm at 3 months (P = 0.049. In group 2, mean visual acuity improved from 6/22 at baseline to 6/19 at 1 month (P = 0.0001 and 6/12 at 3 months (P = 0.0001; and mean central foveal thickness decreased from 428.8 µm to 323.8 µm at 1 month (P = 0.0001 to 269.2 µm at 3 months (P = 0.0001.Conclusion: Nephropathy should be ruled out in patients with DSMD. Although at 1 month both intravitreal triamcinolone and bevacizumab improved vision and decreased central foveal thickness in eyes with DSMD when administered along with focal laser treatment, the former had a more long-lasting effect in maintaining this gain at 3 months

  9. Ranibizumab and diabetic macular oedema: after laser therapy.

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    Diabetic retinopathy is sometimes accompanied by macular oedema, leading to a marked decline in visual acuity. The standard treatment, in addition to glycaemic and blood pressure control, is laser photocoagulation, despite its modest efficacy. Ranibizumab (Lucentis, Novartis), a VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) inhibitor, was initially authorised for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in the European Union. It is now also approved for the treatment of visual loss due to macular oedema in diabetic patients. In this setting, clinical evaluation of ranibizumab is mainly based on two double-blind randomised trials comparing ranibizumab + laser photocoagulation versus placebo + laser photo-coagulation in a total of about 1000 patients. Compared with placebo, addition of ranibizumab to laser therapy led to a marked improvement in visual acuity in approximately 15% of patients after 12 months of treatment. The improvement appeared to persist after 24 months of treatment. In a trial that included a group treated with ranibizumab alone, efficacy did not differ from that of the ranibizumab + laser combination. Uncertainties remain concerning the long-term efficacy of ranibizumab and its benefits in patients with poorly controlled diabetes or proliferative retinopathy. The adverse effect profile of ranibizumab in patients with diabetic macular oedema is similar to that reported in patients with AMD, and mainly includes ocular adverse effects such as pain, bleeding and increased intraocular pressure. A risk of systemic adverse effects, particularly cardiovascular disorders, should be kept in mind in case of long-term treatment. Ranibizumab can cause birth defects, even after intravitreal injection during pregnancy. Monthly treatment with ranibizumab is inconvenient, difficult and expensive. In practice, laser therapy remains the standard treatment for diabetic patients with significantly reduced visual acuity due to macular oedema. Ranibizumab, which requires

  10. Ranibizumab in neovascular age-related macular degeneration: a 5-year follow-up

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    Full Text Available Nadezhda P Cvetkova, Kristina Hölldobler, Philipp Prahs, Viola Radeck, Horst Helbig, David Märker Department of Ophthalmology, University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany Purpose: Our aim was to evaluate an optical coherence tomography (OCT and visual acuity (VA-guided, variable-dosing regimen with intravitreal ranibizumab injection for treating patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD from 2007 to 2012. Design: This was a retrospective clinical study of 5 years follow-up in a tertiary eye center. Patients and methods: In this study, 66 patients with neovascular AMD (mean age of 74 years, SD 8.7 years were included. We investigated the development of best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA, the number of intravitreal injections, and the central retinal thickness measured with OCT (OCT Spectralis over 5 years of intravitreal treatment. Results: The mean number of intravitreal ranibizumab injections over 5 years was 8.8. The mean BCVA before therapy was 0.4 logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution (logMAR. After 5 years of therapy, the mean BCVA was 0.6 logMAR. In all, 16% of treated patients had stable VA over 5 years and 10% of study eyes approved their VA. The mean OCT-measured central retinal thickness at the beginning of this study was 295 µm; after 5 years of treatment, the mean central retinal thickness was 315 µm. There was an increase in central retinal thickness in 47.5% of examined eyes. Conclusion: Other studies showed VA improvement in OCT-guided variable-dosing regimens. Our study revealed a moderate decrease in VA after a total mean injection number as low as 8.8 injections over 5 years. In OCT, an increase in central retinal thickness over 5 years could be observed. Probably, this is due to deficient treatment when comparing the total injection number to other treatment regimens. Anti-VEGF therapy helps to keep the VA stable for a period of time, but cannot totally stop the progression of

  11. Intravitreous injection of AAV2-sFLT01 in patients with advanced neovascular age-related macular degeneration: a phase 1, open-label trial.

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    Heier, Jeffrey S; Kherani, Saleema; Desai, Shilpa; Dugel, Pravin; Kaushal, Shalesh; Cheng, Seng H; Delacono, Cheryl; Purvis, Annie; Richards, Susan; Le-Halpere, Annaig; Connelly, John; Wadsworth, Samuel C; Varona, Rafael; Buggage, Ronald; Scaria, Abraham; Campochiaro, Peter A

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    Long-term intraocular injections of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-neutralising proteins can preserve central vision in many patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration. We tested the safety and tolerability of a single intravitreous injection of an AAV2 vector expressing the VEGF-neutralising protein sFLT01 in patients with advanced neovascular age-related macular degeneration. This was a phase 1, open-label, dose-escalating study done at four outpatient retina clinics in the USA. Patients were assigned to each cohort in order of enrolment, with the first three patients being assigned to and completing the first cohort before filling positions in the following treatment groups. Patients aged 50 years or older with neovascular age-related macular degeneration and a baseline best-corrected visual acuity score of 20/100 or less in the study eye were enrolled in four dose-ranging cohorts (cohort 1, 2 × 10 8 vector genomes (vg); cohort 2, 2 × 10 9 vg; cohort 3, 6 × 10 9 vg; and cohort 4, 2 × 10 10 vg, n=3 per cohort) and one maximum tolerated dose cohort (cohort 5, 2 × 10 10 vg, n=7) and followed up for 52 weeks. The primary objective of the study was to assess the safety and tolerability of a single intravitreous injection of AAV2-sFLT01, through the measurement of eye-related adverse events. This trial is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT01024998. 19 patients with advanced neovascular age-related macular degeneration were enrolled in the study between May 18, 2010, and July 14, 2014. All patients completed the 52-week trial period. Two patients in cohort 4 (2 × 10 10 vg) experienced adverse events that were possibly study-drug related: pyrexia and intraocular inflammation that resolved with a topical steroid. Five of ten patients who received 2 × 10 10 vg had aqueous humour concentrations of sFLT01 that peaked at 32·7-112·0 ng/mL (mean 73·7 ng/mL, SD 30·5) by week 26 with a slight decrease to

  12. Efficacy and tolerability of bilateral sustained-release dexamethasone intravitreal implants for the treatment of noninfectious posterior uveitis and macular edema secondary to retinal vein occlusion

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    Ryder SJ

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Steven J Ryder,1 Danilo Iannetta,1 Swetangi D Bhaleeya,2 Szilárd Kiss1 1Department of Ophthalmology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, USA; 2Department of Ophthalmology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA Purpose: To report our experience with bilateral placement of dexamethasone 0.7 mg (DEX sustained-release intravitreal implant in the management of noninfectious posterior uveitis or macular edema secondary to retinal vein occlusion.Methods: A retrospective chart review of patients with bilateral noninfectious posterior uveitis and macular edema secondary to retinal vein occlusion who were treated with DEX intravitreal implant was performed. Ocular side effects such as intraocular pressure (IOP, cataract, and tolerability of bilateral injections was reviewed.Results: Twenty-two eyes of eleven patients treated with a total of 32 DEX implants were included. Ten of eleven patients received bilateral implants due to active noninfectious uveitis while the other demonstrated macular edema in both eyes following separate central retinal vein occlusions. Among the patients with bilateral uveitis, the mean interval between DEX implant in the initial eye and the subsequent DEX in the fellow eye was 15.6 days (range 2–71 days. Seven of the ten patients received the second implant in the fellow eye within 8 days of the initial implantation. None of the patients had bilateral implantations on the same day. Seven eyes required reimplantation for recurrence of inflammation (mean interval between first and repeat implantation was 6.00±2.39 months. Following single or, in the case of the aforementioned seven eyes, repeat DEX implantation, all 20 uveitic eyes demonstrated clinical and/or angiographic evidence of decreased inflammation in the form of reduction in vitreous cells on slit lamp ophthalmoscopy, macular edema on ophthalmoscopy, or optical coherence tomography and/or disc and vascular leakage on fluorescein angiography. The mean

  13. Intravitreal injection of ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) causes peripheral remodeling and does not prevent photoreceptor loss in canine RPGR mutant retina.

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    Beltran, William A; Wen, Rong; Acland, Gregory M; Aguirre, Gustavo D

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    Ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) rescues photoreceptors in several animal models of retinal degeneration and is currently being evaluated as a potential treatment for retinitis pigmentosa in humans. This study was conducted to test whether CNTF prevents photoreceptor cell loss in XLPRA2, an early onset canine model of X-linked retinitis pigmentosa caused by a frameshift mutation in RPGR exon ORF15. Four different treatment regimens of CNTF were tested in XLPRA2 dogs. Under anesthesia, the animals received at different ages an intravitreal injection of 12 microg of CNTF in the left eye. The right eye served as a control and was injected with a similar volume of phosphate buffered saline (PBS). Ocular examinations were performed regularly during the treatment periods. At termination, the dogs were euthanatized, eyes collected and the retinas were processed for embedding in optimal cutting temperature (OCT) medium. The outer nuclear layer (ONL) thickness was evaluated on H&E sections and values in both CNTF- and PBS-treated eyes were compared. Morphologic alterations in the peripheral retina were characterized by immunohistochemistry using cell-specific markers. Cell proliferation in the retinas was examined on semi-thin plastic sections, and by BrdU pulse-labeling and Ki67 immunohistochemistry on cryosections. All CNTF-treated eyes showed early clinical signs of corneal epitheliopathy, subcapsular cataracts and uveitis. No statistically significant difference in ONL thickness was seen between the CNTF- and PBS-injected eyes. Prominent retinal remodeling that consisted in an abnormal increase in the number of rods, and in misplacement of some rods, cones, bipolar and Müller cells, was observed in the peripheral retina of CNTF-treated eyes. This was only seen when CNTF was in injected before the age at which the canine retina reaches full maturation. In XLPRA2 dogs, intravitreal injections of CNTF failed to prevent photoreceptors from undergoing cell death in the

  14. Intravitreal injection of ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) causes peripheral remodeling and does not prevent photoreceptor loss in canine RPGR mutant retina

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    Beltran, William A.; Wen, Rong; Acland, Gregory M.; Aguirre, Gustavo D.

    2009-01-01

    Ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) rescues photoreceptors in several animal models of retinal degeneration and is currently being evaluated as a potential treatment for retinitis pigmentosa in humans. This study was conducted to test whether CNTF prevents photoreceptor cell loss in XLPRA2, an early onset canine model of X-linked retinitis pigmentosa caused by a frameshift mutation in RPGR exon ORF15. Four different treatment regimens of CNTF were tested in XLPRA2 dogs. Under anesthesia, the animals received at different ages an intravitreal injection of 12 μg of CNTF in the left eye. The right eye served as a control and was injected with a similar volume of phosphate buffered saline (PBS). Ocular examinations were performed regularly during the treatment periods. At termination, the dogs were euthanatized, eyes collected and the retinas were processed for embedding in optimal cutting temperature (OCT) medium. The outer nuclear layer (ONL) thickness was evaluated on H&E sections and values in both CNTF- and PBS-treated eyes were compared. Morphologic alterations in the peripheral retina were characterized by immunohistochemistry using cell-specific markers. Cell proliferation in the retinas was examined on semi-thin plastic sections, and by BrdU pulse-labeling and Ki67 immunohistochemistry on cryosections. All CNTF-treated eyes showed early clinical signs of corneal epitheliopathy, subcapsular cataracts and uveitis. No statistically significant difference in ONL thickness was seen between the CNTF- and PBS-injected eyes. Prominent retinal remodeling that consisted in an abnormal increase in the number of rods, and in misplacement of some rods, cones, bipolar and Müller cells, was observed in the peripheral retina of CNTF-treated eyes. This was only seen when CNTF was in injected before the age at which the canine retina reaches full maturation. In XLPRA2 dogs, intravitreal injections of CNTF failed to prevent photoreceptors from undergoing cell death in the

  15. Genes related to cell-mediated cytotoxicity and interferon response are induced in the retina of European sea bass upon intravitreal infection with nodavirus.

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    Valero, Yulema; Boughlala, Bassima; Arizcun, Marta; Patel, Sonal; Fiksdal, Ingrid U; Esteban, M Ángeles; De Juan, Joaquín; Meseguer, José; Chaves-Pozo, Elena; Cuesta, Alberto

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    Viral diseases are responsible for high rates of mortality and subsequent economic losses in modern aquaculture. The nervous necrosis virus (NNV) produces viral encephalopathy and retinopathy (VER), which affects the central nervous system, is considered one of the most serious viral diseases in marine aquaculture. Although some studies have localized NNV in the retina cells, none has dealt with immunity in the retina. Thus, for the first time, we intravitreally infected healthy specimens of European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) with NNV with the aim of characterizing the immune response in the retina. Ultrastructural analysis detected important retinal injuries and structure degradation, including pycnosis, hydropic degeneration and vacuolization in some cell layers as well as myelin sheaths in the optic nerve fibres. Immunohistochemistry demonstrated that NNV replicated in the eyes. Regarding retinal immunity, NNV infection elicited the transcription of genes encoding proteins involved in the interferon (IFN) and cell-mediated cytotoxicity (CMC) responses as well as B and T cell markers, demonstrating that viral replication influences innate and adaptive responses. Further studies are needed to understand the retina immunity and whether the main retinal function, vision, is affected by nodavirus. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Intravitreal bevacizumab monotherapy for type-1 prethreshold, threshold, and aggressive posterior retinopathy of prematurity - 27 month follow-up results from Turkey.

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    Yetik, Huseyin; Gunay, Murat; Sirop, Sarkis; Salihoglu, Ziya

    2015-10-01

    To study the efficacy of intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB) injection as a single treatment for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). This was a prospective interventional case series study performed in a clinical practice setting; a total of 122 patients including prethreshold (type 1) (n  = 79, 152 eyes, six unilateral), threshold (n = 12, 24 eyes), and aggressive posterior (APROP) (n = 31, 62 eyes); cases were included without any randomization or masking. A total of 253 IVB injections, 238 in the first session, 11 in the second session, and four in the third session were performed, and followed up for a mean of 89.155 ± 4.277 (range 82 to 105) weeks of postmenstrual age (PMA). Regression of ROP, maturation of the retina, and associated complications were evaluated. Total regression was achieved in 227/238 eyes (95.4 %) after the first dose injection. The remaining 11 received a second injection, after which an additional seven (234/238; 98.2 %) regressed; after the third injection, the remaining 4 (238/238; 100 %) regressed. Complete retinal vascular maturation was achieved without any significant complications in all of the cases. IVB injection as monotherapy seems to be a very effective treatment modality for ROP. Based on timely intervention, IVB as a single treatment modality can salvage almost all ROP cases before stage 4.

  17. Neuroprotective and Antiapoptotic Activity of Lineage-Negative Bone Marrow Cells after Intravitreal Injection in a Mouse Model of Acute Retinal Injury

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    Machalińska, Anna; Pius-Sadowska, Ewa; Kawa, Miłosz P.; Paczkowska, Edyta; Rudnicki, Michał; Lejkowska, Renata; Baumert, Bartłomiej; Wiszniewska, Barbara; Machaliński, Bogusław

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    We investigated effects of bone marrow-derived, lineage-negative cell (Lin−BMC) transplantation in acute retinal injury. Lin−BMCs were intravitreally injected into murine eyes at 24 h after NaIO3-induced injury. Morphology, function, and expression of apoptosis-related genes, including brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and its receptor, were assessed in retinas at 7 days, 28 days, and 3 months after transplantation. Moreover, global gene expression at day 7 was analyzed by RNA arrays. We observed that Lin−BMCs integrated into outer retinal layers improving morphological retinal structure and induced molecular changes such as downregulation of proapoptotic caspase-3 gene, a decrease in BAX/BCL-2 gene ratio, and significant elevation of BDNF expression. Furthermore, transplanted Lin−BMCs differentiated locally into cells with a macrophage-like phenotype. Finally, Lin−BMCs treatment was associated with generation of two distinct transcriptomic patterns. The first relates to downregulated genes associated with regulation of neuron cell death and apoptosis, response to oxidative stress/hypoxia and external stimuli, and negative regulation of cell proliferation. The second relates to upregulated genes associated with neurological system processes and sensory perception. Collectively, our data demonstrate that transplanted Lin−BMCs exert neuroprotective function against acute retinal injury and this effect may be associated with their antiapoptotic properties and ability to express neurotrophic factors. PMID:25810725

  18. INTRAVITREAL DEXAMETHASONE IMPLANT FOR THE TREATMENT OF REFRACTORY MACULAR EDEMA IN RETINAL VASCULAR DISEASES: Results of the KKESH International Collaborative Retina Study Group.

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    Alshahrani, Saeed T; Dolz-Marco, Rosa; Gallego-Pinazo, Roberto; Diaz-Llopis, Manuel; Arevalo, J Fernando

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    To evaluate the safety and efficacy of intravitreal dexamethasone implant (Ozurdex) for treating refractory macular edema in retinal vascular diseases. This is a retrospective consecutive series of 53 eyes with refractory macular edema secondary to central retinal vein occlusion (13 eyes), branch retinal vein occlusion (14 eyes), and diabetic macular edema (26 eyes) treated with a single 0.7 mg dexamethasone implant. Data were collected on best-corrected visual acuity, intraocular pressure, and central macular thickness preoperatively and at 1, 3, and 6 months postoperatively. Baseline best-corrected visual acuity was 20/160 and improved statistically significantly to 20/80 and 20/60 at 1 months and 3 months, respectively (P 0.05). The central macular thickness at baseline was 569.96 ± 178.11 μm, and it decreased statistically significantly to 305.81 ± 155.94 μm, 386 ± 210.79 μm, and 446.41 ± 221.21 μm at 1, 3 and 6 months, respectively (P < 0.05, all visits compared with baseline). Fourteen (26%) eyes developed high intraocular pressure after implantation and was successfully controlled with topical medications, and cataract progressed in 1 (1.8%) eye. The dexamethasone implant improved macular edema in refractory cases resulting in statistically significant improvements in best-corrected visual acuity and central macular thickness that remained stable to 3 months and 6 months, respectively.

  19. Neuroprotective and Antiapoptotic Activity of Lineage-Negative Bone Marrow Cells after Intravitreal Injection in a Mouse Model of Acute Retinal Injury

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    Anna Machalińska

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We investigated effects of bone marrow-derived, lineage-negative cell (Lin−BMC transplantation in acute retinal injury. Lin−BMCs were intravitreally injected into murine eyes at 24 h after NaIO3-induced injury. Morphology, function, and expression of apoptosis-related genes, including brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF and its receptor, were assessed in retinas at 7 days, 28 days, and 3 months after transplantation. Moreover, global gene expression at day 7 was analyzed by RNA arrays. We observed that Lin−BMCs integrated into outer retinal layers improving morphological retinal structure and induced molecular changes such as downregulation of proapoptotic caspase-3 gene, a decrease in BAX/BCL-2 gene ratio, and significant elevation of BDNF expression. Furthermore, transplanted Lin−BMCs differentiated locally into cells with a macrophage-like phenotype. Finally, Lin−BMCs treatment was associated with generation of two distinct transcriptomic patterns. The first relates to downregulated genes associated with regulation of neuron cell death and apoptosis, response to oxidative stress/hypoxia and external stimuli, and negative regulation of cell proliferation. The second relates to upregulated genes associated with neurological system processes and sensory perception. Collectively, our data demonstrate that transplanted Lin−BMCs exert neuroprotective function against acute retinal injury and this effect may be associated with their antiapoptotic properties and ability to express neurotrophic factors.

  20. Worsening anatomic outcomes following aflibercept for neovascular age-related macular degeneration in eyes previously well controlled with ranibizumab

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    Full Text Available Eric Nudleman,1 Jeremy D Wolfe,2,3 Maria A Woodward,4 Yoshihiro Yonekawa,2,3 George A Williams,2,3 Tarek S Hassan2,3 1Department of Ophthalmology, Shiley Eye Center, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, 2Beaumont Eye Institute, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, 3Associated Retinal Consultants, Royal Oak, 4Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI, USA Purpose: Antivascular endothelial growth factor injection is the mainstay of treating neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD. Previous studies have shown that switching treatment from ranibizumab to aflibercept led to an improvement in eyes with recalcitrant activity. Herein, we identify a unique subset of patients whose eyes with neovascular AMD were previously well controlled with ranibizumab injections were then worsened after being switched to aflibercept. Methods: This is a retrospective interventional case series. Eyes with neovascular AMD, previously well controlled with monthly injections of ranibizumab, which then developed worsening of subretinal fluid after being switched to aflibercept were included. Results: A total of 17 eyes were included. All eyes developed increased subretinal fluid when switched from ranibizumab to aflibercept. Fourteen patients were switched back to ranibizumab after a single injection of aflibercept and had subsequent rapid resolution of subretinal fluid. Three patients continued with monthly aflibercept injections for two subsequent months and demonstrated the persistence of the increased subretinal fluid until they were switched back to treatment with ranibizumab at which time the fluid resolved. No eye had persistent decline in visual acuity. Conclusion: Switching from intravitreal ranibizumab to aflibercept in eyes with well-controlled neovascular AMD may result in worsening in a subset of patients and resolves when therapy is switched back to ranibizumab. Keywords: anti-VEGF

  1. Cataract surgery in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration

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    Kessel, Line; Theil, Pernille Koefoed; Sørensen, Torben Lykke

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    Purpose To examine the outcome after cataract surgery in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) treated with intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) injections in routine clinical practice. Methods We extracted information about patients recorded...... in electronic databases managing anti-VEGF injections and cataract surgery. We compared Early Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS) visual acuity and frequency of anti-VEGF injections before and after cataract surgery. Results We identified 89 eyes from 89 patients who had cataract surgery after being...... with an average of 1.5 in the 6 months before surgery versus 1.7 in the 6 months after surgery (p = 0.25). Visual improvement was greater in patients when the time from latest injection to cataract surgery was lower. Conclusions Cataract surgery improves vision in patients undergoing treatment for neovascular AMD...

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    Sex therapy Overview Sex therapy is a type of psychotherapy — a general term for treating mental health problems by talking with a mental health professional. Through sex therapy, you can address concerns about sexual function, ...

  3. Early changes in macular optical coherence tomography parameters after Ranibizumab intravitreal injection in patients with exsudative age-related macular degeneration.

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    de Almeida, Nicole Antunes; de Souza, Osias Francisco

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    Evaluation of the impact of different macular optical coherence parameters on visual acuity as early as 1 day after injection of ranibizumab in patients with subfoveal exsudative age-related macular degeneration. This was an interventional, non randomized, open label prospective study, where we evaluated 20 eyes of 20 patients affected by exudative age-related macular degeneration. These patients were treated with injections of ranibizumab between February 2013 and January 2015. The primary endpoint of this study was to evaluate the early changes in optical coherence tomography parameters (retinal thickness, central and total retinal volume) and impact on best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) obtained by logarithm of minimum resolution using ETDRS protocol in patients treated with a single dose intravitreal injection of ranibizumab (0.5 mg/0.05 mL) during the first month of follow. The patients were evaluated on the first day, them at 7 and 30 days after the treatment. The National Eye Institute Visual Functioning Questionnaire was applied during the study period to assess early perception of ranibizumab injection effectiveness. The adverse events were monitored throughout the study. Central retinal thickness values at 1 (464.0 ± 97.8 µm), 7 (379.9 ± 107.8 µm) and 30 days (365.5 ± 95.1 µm) after ranibizumab injection showed a statically significant reduction when compared with baseline results ( P  = 0.01, P  = 0.001, P  = 0.001, respectively). Similar alterations were observed in central and total retinal volume, which were detected early on the first day of evaluation, after the measurement at baseline (central: 0.36 ± 0.07 vs. 0.40 ± 0.10 mm 3 , P  = 0.01; total: 9.62 ± 1.10 vs. 9.99 ± 2.56 mm 3 , P  = 0.002) and remained steady at 7 ( P  = 0.001, P  = 0.002, respectively) and 30 days ( P  = 0.001, P  = 0.004, respectively) with slight variations without losing their gains in these parameters. The best

  4. Uso intravítreo de la triamcinolona en el edema macular diabético Use of intravitreous Triamcinolone in cases of diabetic macular edema

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    Juana Elvira Maciques Rodríguez

    2009-04-01

    macular edema, the laser-photocoagulation had not the desired effects. AIMS: to review the present state of intravitreous route of Triamcinolone use acetate by in patients presenting this entity. DEVELOPMENT: Triamcinolone acetate is a corticoid agent with a potent anti-inflammatory and antiangiogenic action stabilizing the hematoretinal barrier and to inhibit the angiogenesis, thus, its use in diabetic macular edema treatment where the damage to above mentioned barrier and the release of angiogenic factors in response to hypoxia are closely involved in pathogenesis of this type of edema. Intravitreous administration in many dosages and not in few occasions in a repetitive way, has showed some controversial results in comparing the beneficial effect achieved by Triamcinolone acetate, with a short term effect and the concerns related to complications (ocular hypertension, endophthalmitis, vitreous hemorrhage, etc related to reinjections. Nowadays new devices are assayed releasing the Triamcinolone acetate in a slow way and lengthening its effect to find a more reasonable treatment strategy and with higher therapeutical effects than non-desirable ones. CONCLUSIONS: Triamcinolone acetate treatment is a alternative to improve the diabetic macular edema, although prospective studies and with a long-term follow-up period are needed to arrive to more consistent results.

  5. Confluent diode laser coagulation: the gold standard of therapy for retinopathy of prematurity.

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    Prepiaková, Zuzana; Tomcíková, Dana; Kostolná, Barbora; Gerinec, Anton

    2015-01-01

    The authors compare results of retinopathy of prematurity treatment with single-spot diode laser coagulation (DLC) versus confluent DLC. The final anatomical outcome and need for additional therapy, such as additional DLC, cryotherapy, scleral buckling, and intravitreal bevacizumab, were evaluated. A retrospective review of patients with threshold retinopathy of prematurity treated between January 2001 and October 2012 was conducted. Single-spot laser treatment or confluent laser treatment was applied anterior to the ridge extending to the ora serrata. In the first group (the single-spot group), a single-spot DLC was used between January 2001 and May 2008. The single-spot group included 338 patients (671 eyes) with retinopathy of prematurity. In the second group (the confluent group), confluent DLC was used in 326 patients (652 eyes) between June 2008 and October 2012. The authors compared the need for re-treatment to achieve regression of retinopathy of prematurity in both groups. The rate of progression, frequency of re-treatment, complications, and structural outcomes were evaluated. In the single-spot group, re-treatment only with DLC was necessary in 43 (6.4%) eyes, additional cryotherapy was performed in 22 (3.3%) eyes, and scleral buckling in 107 (15.9%) eyes. Altogether, additional therapy was used in 172 (25.6%) eyes. In the confluent group, re-treatment with DLC was used in 5 (0.8%) eyes, additional cryotherapy in 6 (0.9%) eyes, scleral buckling in 16 (2.5%) eyes, and intravitreal bevacizumab in 14 (2.1%) eyes. Altogether, additional therapy was used in 41 (6.3%) eyes. The confluent group showed a favorable anatomical outcome in 99.1% of the cases compared with 96.4% in the single-spot group. The results were statistically significant (P = .001.) The DLC method was significantly more effective than single-spot DLC in the treatment of retinopathy of prematurity. Copyright 2015, SLACK Incorporated.

  6. The effect of intravitreal bevacizumab on ocular blood flow in diabetic retinopathy and branch retinal vein occlusion as measured by laser speckle flowgraphy

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    Nitta F

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Fumihiko Nitta,1 Hiroshi Kunikata,1,2 Naoko Aizawa,1 Kazuko Omodaka,1 Yukihiro Shiga,1 Masayuki Yasuda,1 Toru Nakazawa1–31Department of Ophthalmology, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Sendai, Japan; 2Department of Retinal Disease Control, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Sendai, Japan; 3Department of Advanced Ophthalmic Medicine, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Sendai, JapanBackground: This study evaluated the effect of intravitreal injection of bevacizumab (IVB on macular edema associated with diabetic retinopathy (DME or branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVOME using laser speckle flowgraphy.Methods: A comparative interventional study of 25 eyes from 22 patients with macular edema (DME group: 12 eyes; BRVOME group: 13 eyes who underwent IVB. Mean blur rate (MBR was measured in the retinal artery, retinal vein, optic nerve head (ONH, and choroid before and after IVB. Results: In the BRVOME group, there was no significant change in MBR in the retinal artery, retinal vein or ONH, but choroidal MBR decreased significantly (P=0.04. In the DME group, the MBR in the retinal artery, retinal vein, ONH, and choroid decreased significantly (P=0.02, P=0.04, P<0.001, and P=0.04, respectively. In the DME group, pre-IVB MBR in the ONH was significantly correlated with post-IVB foveal thickness (R= -0.71, P=0.002. There was no such correlation in the BRVOME group in the ONH.Conclusion: IVB had a suppressive effect on circulation in eyes with DME but not in those with BRVOME. This suggests that this noninvasive and objective biomarker may be a useful part of pre-IVB evaluations and decision-making in DME.Keywords: macular edema, mean blur rate, optic nerve head, biomarker, ocular circulation

  7. Comparison of the efficacy of intravitreal ranibizumab for choroidal neovascularization due to pathological myopia with and without a dome-shaped macula.

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    Cai, Bincui; Yang, Jin; Li, Shuang; Wang, Linni; Chen, Lu; Li, Xiaorong; Li, Zhiqing

    2017-12-01

    Ranibizumab injection in the treatment of choroidal neovascularization (CNV) secondary to pathologic myopia (PM) with and without a dome-shaped macula (DSM).Prospective observational study.A total of 24 patients (24 eyes) with angiographic evidence of CNV secondary to PM were divided into 2 groups: eyes with a DSM and eyes without DSM. All patients received a baseline intravitreal ranibizumab injection. Additional injections were considered at each follow-up visit. Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) and optical coherence tomography were tested monthly through 12 months of follow-up. The mean changes in BCVA, central retinal thickness (CRT, including retinal and CNV thickness), and the number of injections were evaluated.There were no significant differences in visual outcomes between the groups over 12 months (P > .05). Patients with a DSM had a mean change in BCVA of +8.7 letters compared with +14.2 letters in patients without a DSM (P = .68). However, there were more patients without a DSM who gained at least 15 letters from baseline compared with patients with a DSM. By the end of the follow-up, there was no significant difference in the mean change in baseline CRT between patients with and without a DSM (-65.0 and -90.7, respectively, P = .42). The mean number of injections was 8.83 in the patients with DSM and 8.17 in the patients without a DSM (P > .05).For the pathological myopia patients who had CNV with a DSM, the DSM did not alter the effect of the ranibizumab treatment. There was no difference in the visual improvement, anatomic benefit and number of treatments between the 2 groups. Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Effect of intravitreal ranibizumab injections on aqueous humour concentrations of vascular endothelial growth factor and pigment epithelium-derived factor in patients with myopic choroidal neovascularisation.

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    Costagliola, Ciro; Semeraro, Francesco; dell'Omo, Roberto; Romano, Mario R; Russo, Andrea; Aceto, Fabiana; Mastropasqua, Rodolfo; Porcellini, Antonio

    2015-07-01

    To investigate aqueous humour changes in vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) levels in patients with choroidal neovascularisation (CNV) secondary to pathological myopia (mCNV) before and after intravitreal ranibizumab injection (IVR). This was a prospective, case-control study investigating aqueous levels of VEGF and PEDF in eyes with mCNV treated with IVR. Mean VEGF and PEDF levels in the aqueous humour of control patients were 25.7±4.9 pg/mL and 12.6±3.5 ng/mL, respectively. Lower levels of both VEGF (19.5±5.4 pg/mL) and PEDF (4.7±2.2 ng/mL) were found in patients with mCNV before IVR. After IVR, aqueous VEGF levels significantly reduced to 6.5±2.7 pg/mL, while PEDF levels significantly increased to 35.8±11.4 ng/mL. VEGF and PEDF levels significantly correlated with each other, and with best-corrected visual acuity and central retinal thickness. The VEGF and PEDF levels in aqueous humour were significantly lower in the myopic group than in controls. Moreover, IVR resulted in reduced VEGF and increased PEDF levels in patients with mCNV. In mCNV, neovascularisation is associated with inappropriate VEGF and PEDF expression. A balance between VEGF and PEDF is crucial to prevent CNV development. NCT02175940. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://group.bmj.com/group/rights-licensing/permissions.

  9. Anti-Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Antibody Suppresses ERK and NF-κB Activation in Ischemia-Reperfusion Lung Injury.

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    Chou-Chin Lan

    Full Text Available Ischemia-reperfusion (IR-induced acute lung injury (ALI is implicated in several clinical conditions like lung transplantation, acute pulmonary embolism after thrombolytic therapy, re-expansion of collapsed lung from pneumothorax or pleural effusion, cardiopulmonary bypass and etc. Because mortality remains high despite advanced medical care, prevention and treatment are important clinical issues for IR-induced ALI. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF has a controversial role in ALI. We therefore conducted this study to determine the effects of anti-VEGF antibody in IR-induced ALI. In the current study, the IR-induced ALI was conducted in a rat model of isolated-perfused lung in situ in the chest. The animals were divided into the control, control + preconditioning anti-VEGF antibody (bevacizumab, 5mg/kg, IR, IR + preconditioning anti-VEGF antibody (1mg/kg, IR+ preconditioning anti-VEGF antibody (5mg/kg and IR+ post-IR anti-VEGF antibody (5mg/kg group. There were eight adult male Sprague-Dawley rats in each group. The IR caused significant pulmonary micro-vascular hyper-permeability, pulmonary edema, neutrophilic infiltration in lung tissues, increased tumor necrosis factor-α, and total protein concentrations in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid. VEGF and extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK were increased in IR-induced ALI. Administration of preconditioning anti-VEGF antibody significantly suppressed the VEGF and ERK expressions and attenuated the IR-induced lung injury. This study demonstrates the important role of VEGF in early IR-induced ALI. The beneficial effects of preconditioning anti-VEGF antibody in IR-induced ALI include the attenuation of lung injury, pro-inflammatory cytokines, and neutrophilic infiltration into the lung tissues.

  10. Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor for neovascular glaucoma.

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    Simha, Arathi; Braganza, Andrew; Abraham, Lekha; Samuel, Prasanna; Lindsley, Kristina

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    study participants. Currently available evidence is insufficient to evaluate the effectiveness of anti-VEGF treatments, such as intravitreal ranibizumab or bevacizumab, as an adjunct to conventional treatment in lowering IOP in NVG. Well designed RCTs are needed to address this issue, particularly trials that evaluate long-term (at least six months) benefits and risks since the effects of anti-VEGF agents may be short-term only. An RCT comparing anti-VEGF agents with no anti-VEGF agents taking into account the need for co-interventions, such as panretinal photocoagulation (PRP), glaucoma shunt procedures, cyclodestructive procedures, cataract surgery, and deep vitrectomy, could be of use to investigate the additional beneficial effect of anti-VEGF agents in treating NVG. Since decisions for when and which co-interventions should be used are based on clinical criteria, they would not be appropriate for randomization. However, the design of a study on this topic should aim to balance groups by stratification of co-intervention at time of randomization or by enrolling a sufficient number of participants to conduct subgroup analysis by co-interventions (ideally 15 participants per treatment group for each subgroup). Alternatively, the inclusion criteria for a trial could limit participants to those who receive the same co-intervention.

  11. OPTIMAL MANAGEMENT OF PIGMENT EPITHELIAL DETACHMENTS IN EYES WITH NEOVASCULAR AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION.

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    Khanani, Arshad M; Eichenbaum, David; Schlottmann, Patricio G; Tuomi, Lisa; Sarraf, David

    2018-04-24

    This review aimed to determine the optimal management of retinal pigment epithelial detachments (PEDs) in neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) based on review of available evidence in the literature. A comprehensive literature review evaluates previous retrospective and prospective studies that assessed the treatment of PEDs in nAMD. Studies illustrated that anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) therapy can be effective in eyes with PED secondary to nAMD. Similar visual outcomes are associated with different anti-VEGF treatments. Higher anti-VEGF doses may improve anatomical response, without correlation with vision improvement. Fibrovascular PEDs may be difficult to treat, but even these eyes can gain vision with anti-VEGF therapy. A retinal pigment epithelial tear may develop in 15% to 20% of eyes with PEDs after anti-VEGF therapy, especially in PEDs greater than 500 µm to 600 µm in height; however, vision may stabilize with continued therapy. Atrophy may complicate eyes with PED and nAMD after anti-VEGF therapy, especially in association with complete PED resolution. Available literature suggests that anti-VEGF therapy is safe and efficacious for PED and nAMD. Treatment should focus on vision gains rather than PED resolution because there is no apparent correlation between anatomical and functional improvement in most eyes with PED and nAMD.This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License 4.0 (CCBY-NC-ND), where it is permissible to download and share the work provided it is properly cited. The work cannot be changed in any way or used commercially without permission from the journal.

  12. Cell Therapy Applications for Retinal Vascular Diseases: Diabetic Retinopathy and Retinal Vein Occlusion.

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    Park, Susanna S

    2016-04-01

    Retinal vascular conditions, such as diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion, remain leading causes of vision loss. No therapy exists to restore vision loss resulting from retinal ischemia and associated retinal degeneration. Tissue regeneration is possible with cell therapy. The goal would be to restore or replace the damaged retinal vasculature and the retinal neurons that are damaged and/or degenerating from the hypoxic insult. Currently, various adult cell therapies have been explored as potential treatment. They include mesenchymal stem cells, vascular precursor cells (i.e., CD34+ cells, hematopoietic cells or endothelial progenitor cells), and adipose stromal cells. Preclinical studies show that all these cells have a paracrine trophic effect on damaged ischemic tissue, leading to tissue preservation. Endothelial progenitor cells and adipose stromal cells integrate into the damaged retinal vascular wall in preclinical models of diabetic retinopathy and ischemia-reperfusion injury. Mesenchymal stem cells do not integrate as readily but appear to have a primary paracrine trophic effect. Early phase clinical trials have been initiated and ongoing using mesenchymal stem cells or autologous bone marrow CD34+ cells injected intravitreally as potential therapy for diabetic retinopathy or retinal vein occlusion. Adipose stromal cells or pluripotent stem cells differentiated into endothelial colony-forming cells have been explored in preclinical studies and show promise as possible therapies for retinal vascular disorders. The relative safety or efficacy of these various cell therapies for treating retinal vascular disorders have yet to be determined.

  13. Long-term outcomes of phakic patients with diabetic macular oedema treated with intravitreal fluocinolone acetonide (FAc) implants.

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    Yang, Y; Bailey, C; Holz, F G; Eter, N; Weber, M; Baker, C; Kiss, S; Menchini, U; Ruiz Moreno, J M; Dugel, P; Lotery, A

    2015-09-01

    Diabetic macular oedema (DMO) is a leading cause of blindness in working-age adults. Slow-release, nonbioerodible fluocinolone acetonide (FAc) implants have shown efficacy in the treatment of DMO; however, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends that FAc should be used in patients with chronic DMO considered insufficiently responsive to other available therapies only if the eye to be treated is pseudophakic. The goal of this analysis was to examine treatment outcomes in phakic patients who received 0.2 μg/day FAc implant. This analysis of the phase 3 FAME (Fluocinolone Acetonide in Diabetic Macular Edema) data examines the safety and efficacy of FAc implants in patients who underwent cataract extraction before (cataract before implant (CBI) group) or after (cataract after implant (CAI) group) receiving the implant. The data were further examined by DMO duration. Best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) after 36 months was comparable in the CAI and CBI groups. Both the percentage of patients gaining ≥ 3 lines of vision and mean change in BCVA letter score were numerically greater in the CAI group. In addition, most patients who underwent cataract surgery experienced a net gain in BCVA from presurgery baseline as well as from original study baseline. These data support the use of 0.2 μg/day FAc implants in phakic as well as in pseudophakic patients. These findings will serve as a pilot for design of future studies to evaluate the potential protective effect of FAc implants before cataract surgery in patients with DMO and cataract.

  14. Aqueous humor levels of vascular endothelial growth factor before and after intravitreal bevacizumab in type 3 versus type 1 and 2 neovascularization. A prospective, case-control study.

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    dell'Omo, Roberto; Cassetta, Marilluccia; dell'Omo, Ermanno; di Salvatore, Angela; Hughes, John M; Aceto, Fabiana; Porcellini, Antonio; Costagliola, Ciro

    2012-01-01

    To determine the aqueous levels of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in patients with type 3 neovascularization (NV) secondary to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and to compare the levels of those with type 1 and 2 NV secondary to AMD before and after administration of intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB). Prospective, case-control study. Aqueous samples were collected from 29 eyes of 29 patients with untreated wet AMD at baseline (day of the first IVB), month 1 (day of the second IVB), and month 2 (day of the third IVB). Among them, 10 eyes presented with type 1, 9 with type 2, and 10 with type 3 NV. A group of 14 aqueous samples from 14 patients who underwent cataract surgery without other ocular or systemic disease comprised the controls. Main outcome measures were concentration of VEGF at baseline and after IVB in the 3 NV groups; secondary outcome measures included best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) and central macular thickness (CMT) changes after IVB. Levels of VEGF were determined by commercially available enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay kits. VEGF concentrations in aqueous humor at baseline were higher in patients with type 3 NV when compared to controls (P = .0001) and type 1 and 2 NV patients (P = .002 and P = .0001 respectively). At month 1, levels of VEGF were significantly reduced compared to baseline (P < .05) and significantly lower compared to the controls (P < .005) in each NV group. These low levels were maintained at the 2-month interval. BCVA significantly improved in type 1 and 2 NV groups (P < .05). CMT significantly reduced in each NV group compared to baseline (P < .05). In eyes with untreated wet AMD, aqueous levels of VEGF are significantly higher in type 3 NV than in type 1 or 2 NV. Regardless of the type of NV, aqueous VEGF levels significantly reduce 1 month after IVB as compared to both the baseline measurements and the values recorded in age-matched controls. These decreases are maintained at 2 months after administering

  15. Insulin Therapy

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  17. Electroconvulsive therapy

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    ... this page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007474.htm Electroconvulsive therapy To use the sharing features on this page, please enable JavaScript. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) uses an electric current to treat depression ...

  18. Uso de triamcinolona intravítrea en edema macular del diabético Intravitreal triamcinolone to treat diabetic macular edema

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    Meysi Ramos López

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    ón del edema por tomografía de coherencia óptica. El tratamiento con acetato de triamcinolona intravítrea constituye una alternativa en la mejoría del edema macular diabético.It is estimated at present that there are 120 million diabetics worldwide and that the number of these patients doubles every 15 years. Some data is descriptive in reflecting the current situation: only 30 % of type I diabetics are properly controlled wheres and 7 % of type 2 diabetics of high risk have never been checked by any ophthalmologist in developed countries. The prevalence of diabetic retinopathy depends on the type of diabetes and the age of patient, so it decreases with the age. The most common type is the non-proliferative diabetic retinopahy found in 80 % versus the proliferative in 20 % of patients. Diabetes mellitus in Cuba has a prevalence rate of 1 per 10 000 pop. Recent studies yielded 20-25 % retinopathy prevalence in diabetic patients. Early detection and treatment of retinopathy and macular edema are essential for reducing visual disability in diabetics. This paper evaluated the effectiveness of intravitreal triamcinolone as general anti-angiogenic and anti-inflamatory theraphy for macular edema in a group of diabetic patients, who had been seen at “Ramón Pando Ferrer” Ophthalmology Institute from January to July, 2006. A prospective and descriptive case-control study was performed in which the patient was the control at the same time. The sample was made up of 30 diabetic patients diagnosed with diabetic macular edema and eligible for the use of this drug. Females aged over 6 years of age predominated; although the visual acuity improved, this did not match with the evident reduction of macular edema. Those patients with no previous laser treatment had a better response to the applied drug. The main post-treatment complications were ocular hypertension and edema involution. The intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide is a therapeutical choice for diabetic macular edema.

  19. Gene Therapy

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  20. Therapy Services.

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  1. [The treatment of the exsudative age-related macular degeneration with choroidal neovascular membrane, its possibilities and economical indexes].

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    Karel, I

    2007-09-01

    To establish the probable prevalence and incidence of the exsudative (wet) age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in the Czech Republic and to compare possibilities and the expensiveness of the photodynamic therapy (PDT) and the treatment with substances blocking the vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF). The calculation of the probable prevalence and incidence of the exsudative AMD in the Czech Republic (CR) was based on the world epidemiological studies. The expenses of the PDT and the anti-VEGF treatment for the patient and for the health insurances were based on the calculation of the Visudyne and anti-VEGF substances' prices in CR and worldwide. If the European prevalence of the exsudative AMD in patients over 65 years of age is 2.3% and the prevalence of the risk soft drusen is 15 %, so in the CR out of 1.44 millions of inhabitants older than 65 years have approximately 33 000 the AMD, and the drusen at risk 216.000 inhabitants. If the 5-years incidence of the exsudative AMD in patients with drusen at risk is 3.4%, it may be expected the turn of the soft drusen into the exsudative AMD during the 5-years period in 7340 patients, or 1460 patients a year. The PDT is indicated in approx. 20% of exsudative AMD with the classical or predominantly classical choroid neovascularization (CNV), i.e. approx. 300 patients a year. If, at the average, 5.6 PDT sessions during 2 years are needed and the price is 42.500 CZK (Czech Crowns; 1 USD = approx. 20-22 CZK; 1 Euro = approx. 27-29 CZK) for one injection of Visudyne, so the average cost per patient is 238,000 CZK and the costs for all of them 71.4 millions of CZK. If the patient's participation is 7395 CZK per one dose of Visudyne, then the average patient's expense for the PDT during the 2 years period is 41 412 CZK. Anti-VEFG drugs as intravitreal injections are effective in all forms of exsudative AMD. Macugen (pegaptanib), already registered in the CR, should be applied in six-weeks intervals, during the two

  2. A randomised, double-masked, controlled study of the efficacy and safety of intravitreal bevacizumab versus ranibizumab in the treatment of macular oedema due to branch retinal vein occlusion: MARVEL Report No. 1.

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    Narayanan, Raja; Panchal, Bhavik; Das, Taraprasad; Chhablani, Jay; Jalali, Subhadra; Ali, M Hasnat

    2015-07-01

    To assess the efficacy and safety of intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB) compared with ranibizumab (IVR) in the treatment of macular oedema due to branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO). In this prospective, randomised, non-inferiority trial, 75 participants with macular oedema due to BRVO received intravitreal injections of ranibizumab or bevacizumab after 1:1 block randomisation. The primary outcome measure was the difference in mean changes in best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) at 6 months. Secondary outcome measures included mean change in central retinal thickness (CRT), the proportion of patients improving by >15 letters and the proportion of patients developing neovascularisation. Participants received either IVR (n=37) or IVB (n=38). The mean BCVA at baseline was 52.8±14.4 letters (20/80) and 56.1±10.0 letters (20/80) (p=0.24) in the ranibizumab and bevacizumab groups, respectively. At 6 months, the mean gains in BCVA were +18.1 letters (p<0.0001; 95% CI, +12.8 to +22.6) in the ranibizumab group and +15.6 letters (p<0.0001; 95% CI +12.0 to +20.5) in the bevacizumab group. The difference between the mean visual gains of the treated groups (bevacizumab-ranibizumab) was -2.5 letters (95% CI -8.0 to +5.0; p=0.74). Mean reductions in CRT at 6 months were 177.1±122.3 µm in the ranibizumab group (p<0.0001) and 201.7±166.2 µm in the bevacizumab group (p<0.0001), with no significant difference between the two groups (p=0.48). The mean numbers of ranibizumab and bevacizumab injections were 3.2±1.5 and 3.0±1.4, respectively (p=0.55). Two serious adverse events occurred in the ranibizumab group and one in the bevacizumab group but both were unrelated to intravitreal injections. This study demonstrated significant gain in visual acuity in eyes with BRVO treated with either bevacizumab or ranibizumab. Pro-re-nata strategy was effective in maintaining the visual gain. http://www.ctri.nic.in/ CTRI/2012/01/003120. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited

  3. What Is Music Therapy?

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  4. Identifying Predictors of Anti-VEGF Treatment Response in Patients with Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration through Discriminant and Principal Component Analysis

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    Holz, F.G.; Tadayoni, R.; Beatty, S.; Berger, A.R.; Cereda, M.G.; Hykin, P.; Hoyng, C.B.; Wittrup-Jensen, K.; Altemark, A.; Nilsson, J.; Kim, K.; Sivaprasad, S.

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    OBJECTIVE: AURA was an observational study that monitored visual acuity outcomes following ranibizumab use in neovascular age-related macular degeneration patients over 2 years. The aim of this analysis was to identify factors that were predictive of visual acuity outcomes in AURA. METHODS: The

  5. Real-World Vision in Age-Related Macular Degeneration Patients Treated with Single Anti-VEGF Drug Type for 1 Year in the IRIS Registry.

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    Rao, Prethy; Lum, Flora; Wood, Kevin; Salman, Craig; Burugapalli, Bhavya; Hall, Rebecca; Singh, Sukhminder; Parke, David W; Williams, George A

    2018-04-01

    The purpose of this study is to compare real-world visual acuity (VA) in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) treated with a single anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) drug monotherapy for 1 year from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Intelligent Research in Sight (IRIS) Registry. Retrospective, nonrandomized, comparative study. IRIS Registry patients with nAMD who received bevacizumab, ranibizumab, or aflibercept only for 1 year between 2013-2016. Participants were divided into 3 groups based on monotherapy type. Multivariate analysis of covariance models (ANCOVA) was constructed in a stepwise fashion. The logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution (logMAR) VA at 1 year and mean change in logMAR VA between baseline and 1 year were compared between drug types. Of 13 859 patients, 6723 received bevacizumab, 2749 received ranibizumab, and 4387 received aflibercept only for 1 year. A total of 84 828 injections were performed. The mean number of injections (standard deviation) at 1 year was higher in the ranibizumab (6.4 [±2.4]) and aflibercept groups (6.2 [±2.4]) compared to bevacizumab group (5.9 [±2.4]; P < 0.0001). In the age-adjusted model, both ranibizumab and aflibercept achieved better logMAR VA at 1 year compared with bevacizumab (0.50 [±0.49], 0.49 [±0.44], 0.55 [±0.57]; P < 0.0001). However, this difference was not significant after multivariate adjustment (age, baseline VA, diabetes, posterior vitreous detachment, number of injections, race, insurance). There was no statistical difference in the age-adjusted or multivariate-adjusted mean logMAR VA change (standard deviation) at 1 year among treatment groups (-0.048 [0.44] bevacizumab, -0.053 [0.46] ranibizumab, -0.040 [0.39] aflibercept; P = 0.46). A higher percentage of patients achieved a ≥3-line VA improvement at 1 year in the bevacizumab group (22.7%) compared with ranibizumab (20.1%; P = 0.0093) and aflibercept (17.8%; P < 0.0001). However, after multivariate adjustment, aflibercept exhibited a greater log odds of a ≥3-line VA loss compared with bevacizumab only (1.25 log odds ratio; P < 0.0016). This study suggests that all 3 drugs improve VA similarly over 1 year of monotherapy. Copyright © 2017 American Academy of Ophthalmology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Diabetic macular oedema treated with intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor - 2-4 years follow-up of visual acuity and retinal thickness in 566 patients following Danish national guidelines

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    Hodzic-Hadzibegovic, Delila; Sander, Birgit Agnes; Monberg, Tine Juul

    2017-01-01

    Purpose: To investigate long-term functional and anatomical outcomes, discontinuation patterns, drug switching and rates of nonimprovement in patients treated with ranibizumab pro re nata (PRN) regimen for diabetic macular oedema (DME) according to the Danish national guidelines. Methods......: Retrospective cohort study of 566 eyes in 566 patients with centre-involved DME who started intravitreal treatment with ranibizumab between January 2011 and December 2013 in the Greater Copenhagen region. Data were retrieved from a database and patient records between January 2011 and March 2016 and analysed.......5, +2.7, +1.8, +2.3 letters and -97.4, -102.6, -106.9, -105.9, -131.6 μm, respectively. Mean number of injections was 6.1 in year 1 and 1.8 in year 4. In 93 patients, drug switching to aflibercept showed no difference between the two drugs on BCVA or CST. In 79 patients, CST decreased

  7. Adjunctive steroid therapy versus antibiotics alone for acute endophthalmitis after intraocular procedure

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    Kim, Carole H; Chen, Monica F; Coleman, Anne L

    2017-01-01

    steroids. Data collection and analysis Two review authors independently screened the search results, assessed risk of bias, and extracted data using methods expected by Cochrane. We contacted study authors to try to obtain missing information or information to clarify risk of bias. We conducted a meta-analysis for any outcomes that were reported by at least two studies. Outcomes reported from single studies were summarized in the text. We assessed the certainty of the evidence using GRADE. Main results We included three trials with a total of 95 randomized participants in this review and identified one ongoing trial. The studies were conducted in South Africa, India, and the Netherlands. Out of the 92 analyzed participants, 91 participants were diagnosed with endophthalmitis following cataract surgery. In the remaining participant, endophthalmitis was attributable to penetrating keratoplasty. All studies used intravitreous dexamethasone for adjunctive steroid therapy and a combination of two intravitreous antibiotics that provided gram-positive and gram-negative coverage for the antibiotic therapy. We judged one trial to be at overall low risk of bias and two studies to be at overall unclear risk of bias due to lack of reporting of study methods. None of the three trials had been registered in a clinical trial register. While none of the included studies reported the primary outcome of complete resolution of endophthalmitis as defined in our protocol, one study reported combined anatomical and functional success (i.e. proportion of participants with intraocular pressure of at least 5 mmHg and visual acuity of at least 6/120). Very low-certainty evidence suggested no difference in combined success when comparing adjunctive steroid antibiotics alone (risk ratio (RR) 1.08, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.80 to 1.45; 32 participants). Low-certainty evidence from two studies showed that a higher proportion of participants who received adjunctive dexamethasone had a good visual

  8. The German ROP Registry: data from 90 infants treated for retinopathy of prematurity.

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    Walz, Johanna M; Bemme, Sebastian; Pielen, Amelie; Aisenbrey, Sabine; Breuß, Helge; Alex, Anne F; Wagenfeld, Lars; Schiedel, Susanne; Krohne, Tim U; Stahl, Andreas

    2016-12-01

    The German retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) Registry collects data on treated ROP in a multicentre approach to analyse epidemiology and treatment patterns of severe ROP. Nine centres entered data from 90 treated ROP infants (born between January 2011 and December 2013) into a central database. Analysis included incidence rate of severe ROP, demographic data, stage of ROP, treatment patterns, recurrence rates, relevant comorbidities and ophthalmological or systemic complications associated with treatment. Treatment rate for ROP was 3.2% of the screened population. The most frequent ROP stage at time of treatment was zone II, stage 3 +  (137 eyes). Treatment was bilateral in 97% of infants. Treatment patterns changed over time from 7% anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) monotherapy in 2011 to 32% in 2014. Overall, laser treatment was the predominant treatment. However, all infants with zone I disease received anti-VEGF treatment. About 19% of infants required retreatment (16% of laser-treated and 21% of anti-VEGF treated infants). Mean time between first and second treatment was 3.8 weeks (± 11 days) for laser-treated and 10.4 weeks (± 60 days) for anti-VEGF-treated infants. This study is the first multicentre analysis of severe ROP in Germany. The identified treatment patterns find laser as the most prevalent form of therapy, with an increasing use of anti-VEGF therapy over recent years. Recurrence rates were relatively high overall with slightly higher recurrence rates and later recurrence times in the anti-VEGF group. Anti-VEGF was predominantly used for high-risk stages like AP-ROP and zone I disease. © 2016 Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavica Foundation. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  9. Real-world assessment of intravitreal dexamethasone implant (0.7 mg in patients with macular edema: the CHROME study

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Wai-Ching Lam,1 David A Albiani,2 Pradeepa Yoganathan,3 John Chanchiang Chen,4 Amin Kherani,5 David AL Maberley,6 Alejandro Oliver,7 Theodore Rabinovitch,3 Thomas G Sheidow,8 Eric Tourville,9 Leah A Wittenberg,10 Chris Sigouin,11 Darryl C Baptiste12 1Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, 2West Coast Retinal Consultants, Vancouver, BC, 3North Toronto Eye Care, North York, ON, 4Department of Ophthalmology, McGill University, Montreal, QC, 5Southern Alberta Eye Center, Calgary, AB, 6Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, 7Timmins and District Hospital, Timmins, ON, 8Ivey Eye Institute, London, ON, 9Center Oculaire de Quebec, Quebec City, QC, 10Retina Surgical Associates, New Westminster, BC, 11Clinwest Research Inc, Burlington, ON, 12Allergan Inc., Markham, ON, Canada Background: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the real-world use, efficacy, and safety of one or more dexamethasone intravitreal implant(s 0.7 mg (DEX implant in patients with macular edema (ME.Methods: This was a retrospective cohort study of patients with ME secondary to retinal disease treated at ten Canadian retina practices, including one uveitis center. Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA, central retinal thickness (CRT, intraocular pressure (IOP, glaucoma and cataract surgery, and safety data were collected from the medical charts of patients with ≥3 months of follow-up after the initial DEX implant.Results: One hundred and one patient charts yielded data on 120 study eyes, including diagnoses of diabetic ME (DME (n=34, retinal vein occlusion (RVO, n=30; branch in 19 and central in 11, and uveitis (n=23. Patients had a mean age of 60.9 years, and 73.3% of the study eyes had ME for a duration of ≥12 months prior to DEX implant injection(s. Baseline mean (± standard error BCVA was 0.63±0.03 logMAR (20/86 Snellen equivalents and mean CRT was 474.4±18.2 µm. The

  10. Injeção intravítrea de triancinolona no tratamento da telangiectasia retiniana justafoveolar idiopática Intravitreal triamcinolone injection in the treatment of idiopathic juxtafoveal telangiectasis

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    Otacílio Oliveira Maia Júnior

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    Full Text Available Relato de caso de um paciente com telangiectasia justafoveal idiopática (TJI tipo 1A, no olho direito, submetido a 4 mg de triancinolona intravítrea. O resultado foi avaliado por meio da acuidade visual e da tomografia de coerência óptica. A acuidade visual e a espessura retiniana macular medida na tomografia de coerência óptica, antes da injeção intravítrea de triancinolona, foram respectivamente de 20/100 e 569 µm e, após três semanas do tratamento foram de 20/60 e 371 µm e na sexta semana de 20/100 e 614 µm. A estabilização da parede vascular obtida com injeção intravítrea de triancinolona proporciona melhora transitória da visão e do edema macular em olhos com TJI-1A. Não foi demonstrada nenhuma ajuda permanente à fotocoagulação prévia.Case report of one idiopathic juxtafoveal telangiectasis (IJT 1A patient whose right eye was treated with a 4 mg intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide injection. The outcome was evaluated by visual acuity and optic coherence tomography. The visual acuity and the caliper retinal thickness before triamcinolone injection were respectively 20/100 and 569 µm, and 20/60 and 371 µm after three weeks and 20/100 and 614 µm after six week of follow-up. The stabilization of the vascular wall due to the intravitreal triamcinolone injection leads to a transitory improvement in vision and reduction in macular edema in the TJI 1A eyes. No permanent help by the photocoagulation could be shown.

  11. Intravitreal bevacizumab injection alone or combined with triamcinolone versus macular photocoagulation in bilateral diabetic macular edema; application of bivariate generalized linear mixed model with asymmetric random effects in a subgroup of a clinical trial.

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    Yaseri, Mehdi; Zeraati, Hojjat; Mohammad, Kazem; Soheilian, Masoud; Ramezani, Alireza; Eslani, Medi; Peyman, Gholam A

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    To compare the efficacy of intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB) injection alone or with intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide (IVB/IVT) versus macular photocoagulation (MPC) in bilateral diabetic macular edema (DME). In this study we revisited data from a subset of subjects previously enrolled in a randomized clinical trial. The original study included 150 eyes randomized to three treatment arms: 1.25 mg IVB alone, combined injection of 1.25 mg IVB and 2 mg IVT, and focal or modified grid MPC. To eliminate the possible effects of systemic confounders, we selected fellow eyes of bilaterally treated subjects who had undergone different treatments; eventually 30 eyes of 15 patients were re-evaluated at baseline, 6, 12, 18, and 24 months. Using mixed model analysis, we compared the treatment protocols regarding visual acuity (VA) and central macular thickness (CMT). Improvement in VA in the IVB group was significantly greater compared to MPC at months 6 and 12 (P = 0.037 and P = 0.035, respectively) but this difference did not persist thereafter up to 24 months. Other levels of VA were comparable at different follow-up intervals (all P > 0.05). The only significant difference in CMT was observed in favor of the IVB group as compared to IVB/IVT group at 24 months (P = 0.048). Overall VA was superior in IVB group as compared to MPC up to 12 months. Although the IVB group showed superiority regarding CMT reduction over 24 months as compared to IVB/IVT group, it was comparable to the MPC group through the same period of follow up.

  12. Age-related macular degeneration with choroidal neovascularization in the setting of pre-existing geographic atrophy and ranibizumab treatment. Analysis of a case series and revision paper

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    Miguel Hage Amaro

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To report the response of choroidal neovascularization (CNV to intravitreal ranibizumab treatment in the setting of age-related macular degeneration (AMD with extensive pre-existing geographic atrophy (GA and a revision paper. METHODS: This is a revision paper and a retrospective case series of 10 eyes in nine consecutive patients from a photographic database. The patients were actively treated with ranibizumab for neovascular AMD with extensive pre-existing GA. Patients were included if they had GA at or adjacent to the foveal center that was present before the development of CNV. The best corrected visual acuity and optical coherence tomography (OCT analysis of the central macular thickness were recorded for each visit. Serial injections of ranibizumab were administered until there was resolution of any subretinal fluid clinically or on OCT. Data over the entire follow-up period were analyzed for overall visual and OCT changes. All patients had been followed for at least 2 years since diagnosis. RESULTS: The patients received an average of 6 ± 3 intravitreal injections over the treatment period. Eight eyes had reduced retinal thickening on OCT. On average, the central macular thickness was reduced by 94 ± 101 µm. Eight eyes had improvement of one or more lines of vision, where as one eye had dramatic vision loss and one had no change. The average treatment outcome for all patients was -0.07 ± 4.25 logMAR units, which corresponded to a gain of 0.6 ± 4.4 lines of Snellen acuity. The treatment resulted in a good anatomic response with the disappearance of the subretinal fluid, improved visual acuity, and stabilized final visual results. CONCLUSION: The results of this case series suggest that the use of an intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF agent (ranibizumab for CNV in AMD with extensive pre-existing GA is effective. Our results are not as striking as published results from large-scale trials of anti-VEGF

  13. The role of semaphorin 4D as a potential biomarker for antiangiogenic therapy in colorectal cancer

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    Ding X

    2016-03-01

    expression level varies among these cell lines. HCT-116 showed the lowest VEGF level, while Caco-2 showed the maximum VEGF level. In vitro migration results show that regardless of cell type and VEGF background, Sema4D showed an enhanced in vitro proangiogenic effect to induce the migration of human umbilical vein endothelial cells. Finally, in vivo tumor angiogenic assays demonstrated that Sema4D alone can elicit a significant angiogenic response to promote tumor growth independently of VEGF.Conclusion: Targeting Sema4D might serve as a parallel option for antiangiogenic therapy for CRC, particularly when traditional anti-VEGF therapies fail or tumors develop resistance to strategies targeting a single angiogenic signaling pathway.Keywords: semaphorin 4D, VEGF, colorectal cancer, angiogenesis, migration, xenografts

  14. Alternative Therapies

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    ... the widespread and erroneous belief that they are natural and do no harm, and because their use offers the opportunity for more control over treatment options and procedures. Alternative therapies can reduce stress, pain, and/or fatigue. Some therapies are covered ...

  15. Current surgical treatment of age-related macular degeneration

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    Ramos de Carvalho, J. Emanuel; Willig, A. J. H. E.; Chung, R.; Peiretti, E.; Mura, M.

    2014-01-01

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of severe, irreversible central vision loss in individuals over 65 years of age throughout much of the developed world. The advent of anti-VEGF therapy has had a great impact in the long-term natural history of this condition, more

  16. Effect of bevacizumab on intracranial meningiomas in patients with neurofibromatosis type 2

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    Alanin, Mikkel Christian; Klausen, Camilla; Caye-Thomasen, Per

    2016-01-01

    PURPOSE: The hallmark of neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) is bilateral vestibular schwannomas (VS). Approximately 80% of NF2 patients also have intracranial meningiomas. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is expressed in both NF2-related and sporadic occurring meningiomas and anti-VEGF therapy...

  17. Sex Therapy

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    ... therapists have graduate degrees and can demonstrate their competence in sex therapy by becoming credentialed by the ... ways to resolve your concerns and improve your communication and intimacy. Talking about sex and intimacy may ...

  18. Radiation Therapy

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    ... radiation may be external, from special machines, or internal, from radioactive substances that a doctor places inside your body. The type of radiation therapy you receive depends on many factors, including The ...

  19. Oxygen Therapy

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    ... best for you. Oxygen is usually delivered through nasal prongs (an oxygen cannula) or a face mask. Oxygen equipment can attach to other medical equipment such as CPAP machines and ventilators. Oxygen therapy can help you ...

  20. Hormone Therapy

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    ... it also can be a sign of endometrial cancer. All bleeding after menopause should be evaluated. Other side effects reported by women who take hormone therapy include fluid retention and breast soreness. This soreness usually lasts for a short ...

  1. Behavior Therapy

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    ... with children with ADHD. Behavior therapy recognizes the limits that having ADHD puts on a child. It ... be tiring and trying. It can test the limits of even the best parents. Parent training and ...

  2. Family Therapy

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    ... relating to each other Set individual and family goals and work on ways to achieve them Results Family therapy doesn't automatically solve family conflicts or make an unpleasant situation go away. But ...

  3. GFAP-driven GFP expression in activated mouse Muller glial cells aligning retinal blood vessels following intravitreal injection of AAV2/6 vectors.

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    Aartsen, W.M.; Cleef, K.W.R. van; Pellissier, L.P.; Hoek, R.M.; Vos, R.M.; Blits, B.; Ehlert, E.M.; Balaggan, K.S.; Ali, R.R.; Verhaagen, J.; Wijnholds, J.

    2010-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Muller cell gliosis occurs in various retinal pathologies regardless of the underlying cellular defect. Because activated Muller glial cells span the entire retina and align areas of injury, they are ideal targets for therapeutic strategies, including gene therapy. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL

  4. Pegaptanib sodium treatment in neovascular age-related macular degeneration: clinical experience in Germany

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    Nikolaus Feucht

    2008-06-01

    efficacy with a favorable adverse events profile. The majority of patients showed stabilization in all assessed parameters. In clinical practice, careful consideration should be given to the use of nonselective VEGF inhibition in patients with a high cardiovascular risk profile or in those with a history of thromboembolic events.Keywords: Intravitreal (ITV injection, age-related macular degeneration (AMD, choroidal neovascularization (CNV, anti-VEGF therapy, pegaptanib sodium

  5. Music therapy

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    Ridder, Hanne Mette Ochsner

    alternate with clear and lucid mental states. These states are important as it is here that it is possible to meet the person’s psychosocial needs. Ketil Normann’s conceps of periods of lucidity are presented and connected to clinical music therapy practice and how it is possible to use music in order...... as a consequence of person-centred care. Umeå University Medical Dissertations. New Series. Ridder, H.M. (2005). Music therapy as a way to enhance lucidity in persons with dementia in advanced stages. In: Esch, A.; Frohne-Hagemann, I.; Laqua, M.; Schirmer, H.; Seitz, E. (Eds.) Jahrbuch Musicktherapie. Forschung...... und Entwicklung Music Therapy Annual. Research and Development. 2005 (1), pp. 25-40. Reichert Verlag Wiesbaden....

  6. Radionuclide therapy.

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    Chatal, J F; Hoefnagel, C A

    1999-09-11

    Nuclear medicine therapy uses unsealed radioactive sources for the selective delivery of radiation to tumours or target organs. For benign disorders such as thyrotoxicosis and arthritis radionuclide therapy provides an alternative to surgery or medical treatment. In cancer treatment, it often combines the advantage of target selectivity (like brachytherapy or external beam radiotherapy) with that of being systemic, as with chemotherapy, and it may be used as part of a therapeutic strategy with curative intent or for disease control and palliation. Toxicity is generally limited to the haematopoietic tissue and few side-effects are observed. When cure is feasible, the long-term consequences of radionuclide therapy (eg, fertility disorders and leukaemia or other secondary cancers) do compare favourably with the risks associated with and accepted for chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

  7. Art Therapy

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    Skov, Vibeke; Pedersen, Inge Nygaard

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Based on a Jungian approach, this article will introduce an integrative model to therapeutic change using art therapy methods as practical tools, with the aim of improving quality of life and in the prevention of depression. In a research study involving six participants, painting, clay...... work and drumming were used together with imagination and personal dialogues linked to the artwork. These art therapy processes attempted to combine the participant’s experience of inner and outer reality. The effect of gaining more knowledge about their inner reality using dreams and symbols...... model of Art Therapy with this population. This article focuses on the psychological aspect of creativity related to mild depression with an emphasis on the interaction between the conscious and the unconscious part of the psyche....

  8. Animal therapy.

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    Willis, D A

    1997-01-01

    This article explores the concept of animal therapy. The discussion includes a brief history of animal therapy, its importance, its relationship to rehabilitation, and its usefulness as a tool to influence adaptation, change, power, communication, advocacy, teaching, accountability, responsibility, and locus of control. This theoretical concept is important because of the joy and unconditional love animals can provide their owners. Relationships with animals can promote feelings of self-worth, help offset loneliness, reduce anxiety, provide contact, comfort, security, and the feeling of being needed.

  9. Emerging Therapies.

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    Guerra, Amaliris; Musallam, Khaled M; Taher, Ali T; Rivella, Stefano

    2018-04-01

    At present, the only definitive cure for β-thalassemia is a bone marrow transplant (BMT); however, HLA-blood-matched donors are scarcely available. Current therapies undergoing clinical investigation with most potential for therapeutic benefit are the β-globin gene transfer of patient-specific hematopoietic stem cells followed by autologous BMT. Other emerging therapies deliver exogenous regulators of several key modulators of erythropoiesis or iron homeostasis. This review focuses on current approaches for the treatment of hemoglobinopathies caused by disruptions of β-globin. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Change of ranibizumab-induced human vitreous protein profile in patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy based on proteomics analysis.

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    Zou, Chen; Han, Changjing; Zhao, Minjie; Yu, Jingjing; Bai, Lin; Yao, Yuan; Gao, Shuaixin; Cao, Hui; Zheng, Zhi

    2018-01-01

    Preoperative treatment of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) agents is extensively used in proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR), but the molecular mechanism is not fully understood. The objective of this research is to observe change of protein profile induced by ranibizumab (an anti-VEGF agent) in vitreous humor from PDR patients and reveal the effects of anti-VEGF treatment on PDR. A proteomic method was used to identify differentially expressed proteins in vitreous humor. Untreated PDR patients were defined as PDR group, while those who treated with intravitreal injection of ranibizumab (IVR) were defined as IVR. Gene Ontology (GO) annotation and REACTOME pathways were obtained from DAVID Bioinformatics Resources. Intravitreal level of apolipoprotein C-I (APOC1), serpin peptidase inhibitor clade A member 5 (SERPINA5), tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases (TIMP2), and keratin 1 (KRT1) were determined by enzyme-linked immuno sorbent assay (ELISA). 339 differentially expressed proteins were identified in response to IVR. The most notable GO annotation describes the altered proteins was "innate immune response". The most notable REACTOME pathway was "platelet degranulation". ELISA result showed increased level of APOC1, SERPINA5, KRT1 and a decreased level of TIMP2 in PDR group compared with IVR. In addition to decreasing VEGF level, ranibizumab is associated with change of human vitreous protein profile in patients with PDR, in which the differential proteins are involved in immune response, platelet degranulation, complement activation etc., suggesting that the effects of VEGF are involved in these signaling pathways.

  11. Factors affecting reading speed in patients with diabetic macular edema treated with laser photocoagulation.

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    Elizabeth Pearce

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To study the factors that may affect reading speed in patients with diabetic macular edema previously treated with laser photocoagulation. METHODS: Consecutive patients with type II diabetes treated with laser photocoagulation for diabetic macular edema (DME at least twelve months previously, with best corrected visual acuity of better than 65 letters (approximately 20/40 measured with Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS charts were included in this study. Patients previously treated with pan-retinal photocoagulation, vitrectomy, intravitreal steroid or anti-VEGF therapy were excluded. Any other ocular co-morbidities that may influence reading ability such as cataract, glaucoma or macular degeneration were also excluded. All patients were refracted by a certified examiner, the following measurements were collected: best corrected visual acuity (BCVA, contrast sensitivity with Pelli-Robson chart, reading speed with MNREAD chart, microperimetry with Nidek MP1, and central subfield thickness with Zeiss spectral domain optical coherent topography. RESULTS: The slow reading group had poorer contrast sensitivity (p = 0.001, reduced retinal sensitivity (p = 0.027 and less stable fixation (p = 0.013. Most interestingly the reduced retinal sensitivity findings were driven by the microperimetry value on the right subfield (p = 0.033, (nasal to the fovea in the right eye and temporal to the fovea in the left eye. Multiple linear regression analysis showed that contrast sensitivity is probably the most important factor that affects reading speed (p = 0.001. CONCLUSION: Reduced retinal sensitivity after laser treatment is associated with reduced reading speed in patients with diabetic macular edema.

  12. Factors affecting reading speed in patients with diabetic macular edema treated with laser photocoagulation.

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    Pearce, Elizabeth; Sivaprasad, Sobha; Chong, Ngaihang V

    2014-01-01

    To study the factors that may affect reading speed in patients with diabetic macular edema previously treated with laser photocoagulation. Consecutive patients with type II diabetes treated with laser photocoagulation for diabetic macular edema (DME) at least twelve months previously, with best corrected visual acuity of better than 65 letters (approximately 20/40) measured with Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS) charts were included in this study. Patients previously treated with pan-retinal photocoagulation, vitrectomy, intravitreal steroid or anti-VEGF therapy were excluded. Any other ocular co-morbidities that may influence reading ability such as cataract, glaucoma or macular degeneration were also excluded. All patients were refracted by a certified examiner, the following measurements were collected: best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), contrast sensitivity with Pelli-Robson chart, reading speed with MNREAD chart, microperimetry with Nidek MP1, and central subfield thickness with Zeiss spectral domain optical coherent topography. The slow reading group had poorer contrast sensitivity (p = 0.001), reduced retinal sensitivity (p = 0.027) and less stable fixation (p = 0.013). Most interestingly the reduced retinal sensitivity findings were driven by the microperimetry value on the right subfield (p = 0.033), (nasal to the fovea in the right eye and temporal to the fovea in the left eye). Multiple linear regression analysis showed that contrast sensitivity is probably the most important factor that affects reading speed (p = 0.001). Reduced retinal sensitivity after laser treatment is associated with reduced reading speed in patients with diabetic macular edema.

  13. [Real life visual and anatomic outcomes of aflibercept treatment for treatment-naive patients with exudative age-related macular degeneration].

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    Duval, M-V; Rougier, M-B; Delyfer, M-N; Combillet, F; Korobelnik, J-F

    2017-04-01

    Anti-VEGF therapies have revolutionized the treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The goal of this study was to evaluate the "real life" visual and anatomical outcomes of aflibercept treatment for treatment-naive patients with exudative AMD. This was a retrospective study of patients treated with aflibercept in the department of Ophthalmology at the University Hospital of Bordeaux between November 2013 and July 2015. The follow-up period varied from 3months to 2years. All patients received an induction phase with 3monthly intravitreal injections (IVT) followed by personalized monitoring. ETDRS best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), fundus examination and OCT were performed at each visit. Data were collected at day 0, 3 months, 6, 9, 12months, 18 and 24months. Forty-three eyes of forty patients, mean age 77.7years, were included, with a minimum of 3months follow-up. Twenty-five eyes were followed for 1year; 5 eyes for two years. At baseline, the mean BCVA was 55.7 letters. Patients received 7.5 injections on average the first year and 2.6 the 2nd year. The mean gain of visual acuity was +7.3 letters at 3 months, +6.2 letters at 12 months, and +6.8 letters at 2years. Anatomically, the OCT data showed a decline of all parameters. The central macular thickness decreased by 118.3μm at 3months, 136.4μm at 12months and 65.5μm at 2years. Aflibercept can achieve effective visual and anatomical outcomes with results, which approach the pivotal studies, despite the use of personalized protocols and longer monitoring intervals. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  14. Shock therapies.

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    Dean, Erin

    2016-02-03

    Therapies administered by mental health nurses, aimed at "curing" gay people of their sexual preference were still in common use in the UK in the 1960s and early 1970s. Some nurses tried to avoid participating in these practices, but many believed that they were helping their patients, as a new book reveals.

  15. Dance Therapy.

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    Leventhal, Marcia B.

    1980-01-01

    Dance therapy deals with personal growth via body-mind interaction. A change in movement expression is believed to result in a personality or behavior change. The therapist is trained to become sensitive to movement expression as it relates to the psychological, motor, and cognitive development of the child. (JN)

  16. Emerging Therapies for Noninfectious Uveitis: What May Be Coming to the Clinics

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    Jose R. Maya

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Corticosteroids along with other immunomodulatory therapies remain as the mainstay of treatment tor all patients with noninfectious uveitis (NIU. However, the systemic side effects associated with the long-term use of these drugs has encouraged the development of new therapeutic agents in recent times. This review article discusses upcoming therapeutic agents and drug delivery systems that are currently being used to treat patients with NIU. These agents mediate their actions by blocking specific pathways involved in the inflammatory process. Agents discussed in this review include full or recombinant monoclonal antibodies against interleukins such as IL-17 (secukinumab, IL-l (gevokizumab, and IL-6 (tocilizumab and sarilumab, antibody fragments against inflammatory cytokines such as TNF-α (ESBA 105 and T-cell inhibitors such as fusion proteins (abatacept, and next generation calcineurin inhibitors (voclosporin. In addition, administration of immune modulatory therapies using methods such as iontophoresis (EGP-437 and intravitreal injection (sirolimus for the treatment of NIU' uveitis has also been discussed.

  17. Proton therapy

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    Jongen, Y.

    1995-01-01

    Ideal radiotherapy deposits a large amount of energy in the tumour volume, and none in the surrounding healthy tissues. Proton therapy comes closer to this goal because of a greater concentration of dose, well defined proton ranges and points of energy release which are precisely known - the Bragg peak1. In the past, the development of clinical proton therapy has been hampered by complexity, size, and cost. To be clinically effective, energies of several hundred MeV are required; these were previously unavailable for hospital installations, and pioneering institutions had to work with complex, inadequate equipment originally intended for nuclear physics research. Recently a number of specialist organizations and commercial companies have been working on dedicated systems for proton therapy. One, IBA of Belgium, has equipment for inhouse hospital operation which encompasses a complete therapy centre, delivered as a turnkey package and incorporating a compact, automated, higher energy cyclotron with isocentric gantries. Their system will be installed at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. The proton therapy system comprises: - a 235 MeV isochronous cyclotron to deliver beams of up to 1.5 microamps, but with a hardware limitation to restrict the maximum possible dose; - variable energy beam (235 to 70 MeV ) with energy spread and emittance verification; - a beam transport and switching system to connect the exit of the energy selection system to the entrances of a number of gantries and fixed beamlines. Along the beam transport system, the beam characteristics are monitored with non-interceptive multiwire ionization chambers for automatic tuning; - gantries fitted with nozzles and beamline elements for beam control; both beam scattering and beam wobbling techniques are available for shaping the beam;

  18. Music Therapy: A Career in Music Therapy

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    About Music Therapy & Music Therapy Training M usic therapy is a healthcare profession that uses music to help individuals of all ages improve physical, cognitive, emotional, and social functioning. Music therapists work with children and adults with developmental ...

  19. Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy in Progeria

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    Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy in Progeria Information for Families and Caretakers from The Progeria Research Foundation ... Inc. All rights reserved. Page 2 of 5 Physical and Occupational Therapy in Progeria Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria ...

  20. Radioiodine therapy

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    Torres, J.F. Jr.; Deliso, H.B.

    1992-01-01

    For over 40 years now, radioiodine ( 131 I) has remained one of the most useful radionuclide for diagnosis and therapy in Nuclear Medicine. The wide application of radioiodine in the study of the thyroid gland and in the management of its disorders has been most rewarding. The medical literature is replete with reports of its efficacy, failures, and complications, but most of these studies have been conducted among Caucasian persons and in relatively affluent societies. Very few reports are available from the less developed and economically depressed areas of the world where thyroid disorders abound or and are even endemic. This chapter is an attempt to highlight the use of radioactive iodine therapy in the developing countries, particularly those in the Asian region

  1. Music Therapy

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    Trondalen, Gro; Bonde, Lars Ole

    2012-01-01

    Music the