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Rev Med Inst Mex Seguro Soc. 2017 Nov-Dec;55(6):758-767.

[Recommendations for the use of ranibizumab in diabetic macular edema at IMSS].

[Article in Spanish; Abstract available in Spanish from the publisher]

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aJefatura del Servicio de Oftalmología, Hospital General "Dr. Gaudencio González Garza", Centro Médico Nacional La Raza, Ciudad de México.


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Diabetic macular edema can occur at any stage of diabetic retinopathy. It represents the main cause of vision loss in diabetes type I and II with a prevalence of 3-10% in diabetic patients of the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS). Our aim is to elaborate treatment guidelines and provide recommendations for the use of intravitreal ranibizumab for diabetic medical edema at IMSS. Nine retina specialists and 10 ophthalmologists from IMSS high specialty medical units gathered to discuss the bibliographic evidence for the safety and efficacy of ranibizumab for this disease, in order to create consensus on its use in the institution. Intravitreal ranibizumab injection should be used on patients presenting diffuse or cystic diabetic macular edema who have strict metabolic control and visual acuity between 20/30 and 20/200 ETDRS, as well as structural features, such as inferior foveal limit of 280 μm and ischemic areas no larger than 50% of the central foveal area. Treatment regime should consist of a loading charge of three monthly injections of ranibizumab 0.5 mg, followed by monthly follow-ups and treatment as needed according to anatomic and functional criteria. This consensus decision-making process on the criteria to treat and re-treat patients with this drug will result in better health outcomes than those currently observed among patients with diabetic macular edema at IMSS.


Ranibizumab; Macular Edema; Diabetic Retinopathy; Angiogenesis Inhibitors; Drug Evaluation

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