Treatment of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy with photodynamic therapy combined with intravitreal injections of ranibizumab.

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[Purpose]: To evaluate the 1-year efficacy and safety of photodynamic therapy (PDT) combined with intravitreal injections of ranibizumab for polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV). [Design]: Retrospective chart review. [Methods]: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 63 consecutive patients (66 eyes) with subfoveal PCV who were treated with PDT combined with intravitreal injections of ranibizumab. Of the 66 eyes, 29 had no history of treatment for PCV, 10 had been treated previously with only intravitreal injections of anti–vascular endothelial growth factor agents, and 27 had been treated previously with PDT. All eyes had a minimal follow-up of 12 months. [Results]: The combined therapy reduced substantially the exudative change immediately after initiation of treatment. In treatment-naïve eyes, mean VA before treatment (0.47 ± 0.37 logarithm of the minimal angle of resolution [logMAR]) improved to 0.32 ± 0.30 (P < .01) at 3 months and to 0.29 ± 0.29 (P < .01) at 12 months. Polypoidal lesions were reduced in all eyes and disappeared completely in 79.1% of cases. In eyes treated previously with only anti–vascular endothelial growth factor therapy, some visual improvement was achieved, but in eyes treated previously with PDT, mean visual acuity (0.61 ± 0.45) deteriorated to 0.68 ± 0.52 at 12 months. Of all 66 eyes, 5 showed extensive postoperative subretinal hemorrhage, in 2 of which a vitreous hemorrhage developed, necessitating pars plana vitrectomy. [Conclusions]: PDT combined with ranibizumab led to significant visual recovery in treatment-naïve eyes with PCV, but not in eyes with PCV that had demonstrated recurrence after previous PDT. PDT in combination with ranibizumab still has a risk of the postoperative hemorrhagic complications.


  • American journal of ophthalmology

    American journal of ophthalmology 153(1), 68-80.e1, 2012-01

    Elsevier Inc.

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