, Volume 251, Issue 9, pp 2099-2110

Two-year results of combined intravitreal ranibizumab and photodynamic therapy for polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy

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To clarify the efficacy of combined therapy with intravitreal ranibizumab injections and photodynamic therapy (PDT) in patients with symptomatic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV).


We retrospectively reviewed 57 treatment-naïve eyes of 57 patients. Thirty-two patients were treated with standard fluence PDT (PDT group), and 25 patients were treated with three consecutive monthly intravitreal injections of ranibizumab and standard fluence PDT (ranibizumab plus PDT group). All patients were followed for at least 24 months.


In the ranibizumab plus PDT group, the mean best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) levels of decimal (logMAR equivalent) significantly improved from 0.30 (0.52) at baseline to 0.55 (0.26) at 24 months (P < 0.001). In the PDT group, the BCVA levels stabilized from 0.26 (0.58) at baseline to 0.25 (0.60) at 24 months. The mean changes in the BCVA in the ranibizumab plus PDT group and the PDT group were improvement of 2.63 lines and decline of 0.16 lines respectively (P = 0.010). The mean number of PDTs at 24 months in the ranibizumab plus PDT group and the PDT group were 1.4 and 2.6 respectively. Increased subretinal hemorrhages were seen in eight (18.0 %) eyes, all of which were belonging to the PDT group.


Combined intravitreal ranibizumab and PDT was significantly more effective in maintaining and improving VA for PCV patients compared with PDT monotherapy over 24 months.

The authors have no proprietary interest in any aspect of this study, and received no government funding.