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Evaluation Of The Timing Of Intravitreal Bevacizumab Injection As Adjuvant Therapy To Panretinal Photocoagulation In Patients With Diabetic Macular Edema Secondary To Diabetic Retinopathy

Authors Kartasasmita A, Harley O

Received 23 May 2019

Accepted for publication 6 September 2019

Published 26 September 2019 Volume 2019:13 Pages 1921—1926


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Arief Kartasasmita,1 Ohisa Harley2

1Departement of Ophthalmology, Universitas Padjadjaran/Cicendo Eye Hospital, Bandung, Indonesia; 2Netra Eye Hospital, Bandung, Indonesia

Correspondence: Arief Kartasasmita
Department of Ophthalmology, Universitas Padjadjaran, Jl. Cicendo No 4, Bandung 40141, Indonesia
Tel +62 22 4231280

Objective: To evaluate the difference in intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB) injection timing as adjuvant therapy to panretinal photocoagulation in patients with diabetic retinopathy combined with diabetic macular edema.
Methods: This was a retrospective nonrandomized study. Forty eyes with severe non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR) or proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) were divided into two groups; the IVB injection prior to, or after, panretinal photocoagulation. Changes in central macular thickness between the two groups were measured.
Results: There was no significant difference in change in central macular thickness between two groups after treatment (p=0.66), neither in eyes with severe NPDR groups (p=0.48) nor eyes with PDR (p=0.82).
Conclusion: IVB injection after panretinal photocoagulation gives insignificant difference in changes in central macular thickness with injection prior to laser treatment in patients with diabetic retinopathy combined with diabetic macular edema.

Keywords: diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, bevacizumab, panretinal photocoagulation

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