Photodynamic therapy with verteporfin for retinal angiomatous proliferation

Francesco Boscia, Maurizio Battaglia Parodi, Claudio Furino, Michele Reibaldi, Carlo Sborgia

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Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the results of photodynamic therapy (PDT), using verteporfin, for subfoveal neovascular age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) with retinal angiomatous proliferation (RAP) with pigment epithelial detachment (PED) and/or choroidal neovascularization (CNV). Methods: In this non-comparative, consecutive, interventional, case series, the data on 21 eyes (19 with stage 2 and two with stage 3 RAP) of 20 patients were reviewed. Serous PED occupied more than 50% of the lesion in 19 eyes. PDT was performed as per TAP protocol. Biomicroscopy and fluorescein and indocyanine-green angiography were performed to evaluate anatomical results and need for retreatment. Changes from baseline in best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), and complications, were assessed. Results: A mean of 3.5±0.9 treatments was performed. After 13.7±2.2 months, mean BCVA decreased from 20/80 to 20/174 (P=0.0063). In six eyes (28.6%) BCVA remained stable, whereas in 15 eyes (71.5%) it decreased. Occlusion of RAP and flattening of PED was observed in three (14.2%) eyes, conversion to disciform lesion in one (4.7%), and persistence of PED in 11 eyes (52.3%). One eye (4.7%) evolved to haemorrhagic PED, and one (4.7%) toward stage 3 RAP. A tear in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) was observed in four eyes (19%). Eleven (52.3%) showed progression of leakage, six moderate leakage (28.6%), and three (14.2%) absence of leakage. Conclusions: Timely PDT with verteporfin in the early stages in eyes with smaller lesions has the potential for a beneficial effect on vision, whereas it might worsen the natural course of larger lesions, with most eyes undergoing enlargement, disciform transformation or RPE tear.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1224-1232
Number of pages9
JournalGraefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006


  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Choroidal neovascularization
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Retina angiomatous proliferations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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