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Ranibizumab for subfoveal choroidal neovascularisation associated with Stargardt disease
  1. Maurizio Battaglia Parodi1,
  2. Marion R Munk2,3,
  3. Perluigi Iacono4,
  4. Francesco Bandello1
  1. 1Department of Ophthalmology, University Vita-Salute, San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy
  2. 2Department of Ophthalmology, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  3. 3Department of Ophthalmology, Inselspital, University Hospital Bern, Bern, Switzerland
  4. 4Fondazione G. B. Bietti per l'Oftalmologia, IRCCS (Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico), Rome, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Marion R Munk, Department of Ophthalmology; Inselspital, University Hospital Bern, Bern, Switzerland, Freiburgstrasse 4, Bern 3010, Switzerland; marion_munk{at}hotmail.com

Abstract

Introduction To describe the clinical outcomes of intravitreal ranibizumab treatment for subfoveal choroidal neovascularisation (CNV) associated with Stargardt disease.

Methods Prospective, interventional, case series. All patients underwent intravitreal ranibizumab injections following a pro re nata regimen with monthly examination, over a 24-month follow-up.

Results Three eyes were included in the study. Best corrected visual acuity changed from 0.47±0.06 (mean±SD) at baseline to 0.90±0.17 LogMAR at the end of the 24-month follow-up. Overall, a mean number of 11 ranibizumab injections were administered in 24 months. Significant atrophic growth was detected in all cases, with the mean atrophy area increasing from 2.34±2.60 mm2 (mean±SD) at baseline to 4.23±3.31 mm2 at the end of the follow-up.

Conclusions Ranibizumab treatment can stop the CNV progression, but cannot ensure a significant visual improvement. Macular atrophy tends to significantly enlarge under ranibizumab treatment over the follow-up.

  • Retina
  • Neovascularisation

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