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Optimal fluence rate of photodynamic therapy for chronic central serous chorioretinopathy


Aims To investigate the lowest effective fluence rate of photodynamic therapy (PDT) for treating chronic central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC).

Methods Fifty-one eyes of 51 patients with chronic CSC were randomly treated with 30% (n=15), 40% (n=16) or 50% (n=17) of the standard-fluence rate of PDT and followed up for 12 months. The success rate, recurrence rate, mean best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), central foveal thickness (CFT), subfoveal choroidal thickness (SFCT), integrity of the outer retinal layer and complications were evaluated at baseline and at the follow-up periods after PDT.

Results The rate of complete subretinal fluid (SRF) resolution in the 30%-fluence, 40%-fluence and 50%-fluence groups was 60.0%, 81.2% and 100.0%, respectively, at 3 months (p=0.009), and 80.0%, 94.0% and 100.0%, respectively, at 12 months (p=0.06). The recurrence rate in the 50%-fluence group was lower than that in the 30%- and 40%-fluence groups at 12 months (30% vs 50%, 40% vs 50%; p=0.002, p=0.030, respectively (log-rank test)). The mean BCVA improved significantly 12 months after PDT only in the 40%- and 50%-fluence groups (p=0.005, p=0.003, respectively). Mean CFT and SFCT decreased significantly at 12 months in the three groups. The rate of complications did not differ significantly among the three groups.

Conclusions A 50%-fluence rate of PDT seems to be the most effective for treating chronic CSC, considering the low recurrence rate and high rate of complete SRF resolution, compared with other low-fluence PDT.

Trial registration number NCT01630863.

  • Retina
  • Macula
  • Choroid
  • Treatment Lasers

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