• Vol. 35 No. 10, 701–705
  • 15 October 2006

Retrospective Review of Eyes with Neovascular Age-related Macular Degeneration Treated with Photodynamic Therapy with Verteporfin and Intravitreal Triamcinolone



Aim: To review the outcomes of eyes with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) treated with photodynamic therapy (PDT) with verteporfin and intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide injection.

Materials and Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the outcomes of consecutive eyes with neovascular AMD that received an intravitreal triamcinolone injection within 1 week of their first PDT and had at least 6 months of follow-up. Eyes were retreated with PDT at 3-month intervals if angiographic leakage was present.

Results: Twenty-six eyes from 24 patients were identified. The mean visual acuity at baseline was 20/118 (median 20/112). The mean visual acuity decreased to 20/138 at 9 months (P = 0.24, n = 15) and to 20/174 at 12 months (P = 0.23, n = 8). The change in visual acuity from baseline was not statistically significant at any time point. The mean central foveal thickness by OCT measured 342 µm at baseline and decreased to 296 µm at 12 months (P = 0.31). Sixty-two per cent of eyes required no additional PDT at 12 months. Nineteen per cent of 26 eyes had a rise in intraocular pressure that was controlled with topical medication alone.

Conclusion: Photodynamic therapy with verteporfin combined with intravitreal triamcinolone injection in the treatment of neovascular AMD may be superior to PDT alone by decreasing visual loss and reducing the number or retreatments.

Among the variety of paradigms implicated in the pathogenesis of choroidal neovascularisation (CNV), an inflammatory component has been a recent focus of interest. The findings that complement factor H (CFH) polymorphisms are associated with an increased risk in the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and that the histopathology of choroidal neovascularisation demonstrates inflammatory cells have further supported this theory.

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