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Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging. 2010 Mar 9:1-5. doi: 10.3928/15428877-20100215-03. [Epub ahead of print]

Combination of Laser Photocoagulation and Intravitreal Bevacizumab in Aggressive Posterior Retinopathy of Prematurity.


The response to combined laser photocoagulation and a single intravitreal injection of 0.75 mg bevacizumab to each eye on separate days in two patients with aggressive, posterior retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is described. Combined treatment resulted in regression of zone-1 disease in Case 1, which had no retinal detachment. However, no significant regression or unfavorable anatomic response was observed in the second case with retinal detachment. Although the combination of laser photocoagulation and intravitreal bevacizumab injection seems to be well tolerated, inducing prompt regression of agressive zone-1 ROP without retinal detachment, further controlled studies with long-term follow-up are necessary for their use in the treatment of ROP with for potentially dangerous growth factor inhibitors in premature babies.

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