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Am J Ophthalmol. 2013 Jun;155(6):1000-1008.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2013.01.015. Epub 2013 Mar 14.

16 and 24 Gy low-voltage X-ray irradiation with ranibizumab therapy for neovascular age-related macular degeneration: 12-month outcomes.

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Associacion Para Evitar La Ceguera En Mexico, I.A.P., Mexico City, Mexico, USA.



To describe the 12-month safety and efficacy outcomes of 16 or 24 Gy radiation using low-voltage x-ray irradiation in conjunction with intravitreal ranibizumab for neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD).


Prospective, phase I, open-label, nonrandomized uncontrolled safety study.


setting: Institutional. study population: Neovascular AMD patients. intervention: One x-ray irradiation treatment at 16 or 24 Gy was administered externally through 3 locations in the inferior pars plana. After 2 initial monthly loading doses of ranibizumab, subsequent ranibizumab was administered according to predetermined criteria. main outcome measures: Visual acuity, number of ranibizumab injections, safety and efficacy metrics at 12 months.


Forty-seven eyes of 47 patients were enrolled and completed 12 months of follow-up: 16 Gy (n = 28) and 24 Gy (n = 19). There was no evidence of radiation retinopathy, optic neuropathy, or cataract. The mean visual acuity improved in both groups: +8.4 ± 11.9 letters and +7.8 ± 12 letters for 16 and 24 Gy, respectively. In both groups, 100% of subjects lost <15 letters, with 76% and 79% gaining ≥0 letters in the 16 Gy and 24 Gy groups, respectively. Patients received a mean of 1.0 additional injection over 12 months. The mean change in optical coherence tomography central subfield thickness from baseline to month 12 was -107 and -87 μm for the 16 Gy and 24 Gy groups, respectively.


One treatment of 16 or 24 Gy low-voltage x-ray therapy with as-needed ranibizumab appears safe in subjects with neovascular AMD at 12 months. An overall improvement in visual acuity was observed. No radiation-related adverse effects were reported.

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