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A case of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy. Periphery is equally important for such patients

Authors Karagiannis D, Soublis V, Kandarakis A

Published 26 June 2009 Volume 2009:4 Pages 315—317


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Dimitrios A Karagiannis, Vasilios Soublis, Artemios Kandarakis

1st Ophthalmology Department of Ophthalmiatrio Eye Hospital of Athens, Athens, Greece

Background: To report a case of peripheral polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) which was treated successfully.

Methods: Interventional case report. Best-corrected visual acuity measurements (BCVA), slit-lamp examination, fundus biomicroscopy, fluorescein angiography (FFA), and indocyanine green angiography (ICGA) were performed at baseline examination and during the follow-up period. The patient underwent ICGA-guided argon laser to treat the active polyps.

Results: An 82-year-old Caucasian man presented complaining of sudden deterioration of peripheral vision in his left eye (LE). His previous ocular history was associated with advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) involving both eyes (BE). Fundus examination revealed macular scars in BE and a large hemorrhagic pigment epithelial detachment (PED) temporal to the macula in the LE. ICGA revealed active polyps at the margins of the PED. The patient underwent ICGA-guided argon laser to treat the active polyps. Six months post-laser, the patient regained his peripheral vision with resolution of the hemorrhagic PED and remains stable until now, one year after treatment.

Conclusions: Appropriate treatment and regular follow-up is important in patients with PCV and peripheral lesions even if central vision is lost.

Keywords: argon laser, peripheral vision, polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy

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