Combination of laser photocoagulation and intravitreal bevacizumab (Avastin®) for aggressive zone I retinopathy of prematurity
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- Chung, E.J., Kim, J.H., Ahn, H.S. et al. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol (2007) 245: 1727. doi:10.1007/s00417-007-0661-y
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This report describes the use of combined laser photocoagulation and intravitreal bevacizumab administration for aggressive zone I retinopathy of prematurity (ROP).
A male patient, born at 25 weeks gestation with a birth weight of 884 g, received indirect laser photocoagulation and a 0.75 mg intravitreal bevacizumab injection to each eye for aggressive stage 3 zone I ROP. Structural outcomes were evaluated 3 months after treatment.
At 3-month follow-up, treatment had resulted in ROP regression, prompt resolution of plus signs and neovascular proliferation in both eyes, and no signs of systemic or ocular adverse events.
The combination of indirect laser photocoagulation and intravitreal bevacizumab injection was well tolerated and induced prompt regression of aggressive zone I ROP.