Treatment of pigment epithelial detachments due to age-related macular degeneration with intra-ocular C3F8 injection

Mirjam Gross-Jendroska, Christina J. Flaxel, Steve D. Schwartz, Frank G. Holz, Fred W. Fitzke, Veit Peter Gabel, Alan C. Bird

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Abstract

Purpose: To flatten pigment epithelial detachments (PED) due to age- related macular degeneration in an attempt to visualize the underlying choroidal neovascularization by fluorescein angiography (FA) and reveal a treatment target. Methods: Nine patients with PED received intravitreal gas injections via the pars plana and postured face down. Fluorescein angiograms were obtained before and after gas injection. In two patients, retinal scotopic sensitivity was also measured. Results: Eight patients demonstrated change in the shape and size of the PED following gas injection. Four patients showed a better delineation of underlying structures on FA. Three patients had focal laser treatment to the newly visible choroidal neovascular complex, but this was successful in only one patient with flattening of the PED. Conclusion: Pigment epithelial detachments can be modified by intravitreal gas injection in some patients, but this treatment did not have a major impact on overall outcome or management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-317
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1998

Keywords

  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Fine-matrix mapping
  • Intravitreal gas injection
  • Pigment epithelial detachments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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