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Klin Monbl Augenheilkd. 2009 Sep;226(9):725-39. doi: 10.1055/s-0028-1109514. Epub 2009 Jul 14.

[Different indications of photodynamic therapy in ophthalmology].

[Article in German]

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Augenklinik, Universitätsklinikum Ulm. gabriele.lang@uniklinik-ulm.de

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) in eye disease was approved 10 years ago for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Thereafter it was approved for choroidal neovascularisation (CNV) in pathological myopia. The treatment regimen is based on two prospective, multicentre trials (TAP and VIP studies).

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

In the meantime PDT has been successfully used also in several other ocular diseases. PDT is minimally invasive and has an excellent side effect profile. Different diseases and their treatment with PDT are discussed.

RESULTS:

The treatments of idiopathic CNV, secondary CNV in inflammatory diseases of the retina and choroid, choroidal haemangioma, vasoproliferative tumours, malignant melanoma of the choroid, and central serous chorioretinopathy with PDT are described. In most patients the disease progression can be stopped and in some the PDT treatment results in visual improvement. The prognosis is better in patients with early disease detection and small lesions.

CONCLUSION:

Several retinal and choroidal diseases can be treated successfully with PDT. Except for AMD and pathological myopia, PDT is an off label treatment.

PMID:
19603375
DOI:
10.1055/s-0028-1109514
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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