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Management of Lipid Exudates in Coats’ Disease by Intravitreal Triamcinolone: Effects and Complications
  1. Ihab Saad Othman1,*,
  2. Magdy Moussa2,
  3. Manal Bouhaimed3
  1. 1 Department of Ophthalmology, Facult of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt;
  2. 2 Department of Ophthalmology, Tanta University, Tanta, Egypt;
  3. 3 Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University. The State of Kuwait, Kuwait
  1. Correspondence to: Ihab Saad Othman, Ophthalmology, Associate Professor, Cairo University, Egypt, 6 Tahrir Street, Dokki, Giza, 11111, Egypt; ihabsaad{at}


Aim: To evaluate the role of intravitreal Triamcinolone (TA) in the early management of Coats’ disease.

Methods: Prospective, interventional case series.

Results: Fifteen consecutive cases with Coats’ disease were managed with 4mg/0.1ml intravitreal Triamcinolone injection on presentation and were followed for a minimum of one year duration. Additional management strategies including drainage of subretinal fluid through an inferior sclerotomy, peripheral laser ablation and/or cryotherapy, cataract extraction, and vitrectomy were performed. Improvement of visual acuity could be achieved compared to preoperative vision in all cases in this series even when 40% needed cataract extraction with intra ocular lens implantation. One patient needed anti glaucoma treatment to control raised intraocular pressure in this series.

Conclusion: Triamcinolone has a role in improving the rate of absorption of subretinal fluid and macular exudates in Coats’ disease. Major complication of 4mg/0.1 ml intravitreal triamcinolone is cataract in 40 % of cases in children.

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