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Vitreoretinal interface abnormalities in diabetic macular edema and effectiveness of anti-VEGF therapy: an optical coherence tomography study

Authors Kulikov AN, Sosnovskii SV, Berezin RD, Maltsev DS, Oskanov DH, Gribanov NA

Received 11 July 2017

Accepted for publication 5 October 2017

Published 14 November 2017 Volume 2017:11 Pages 1995—2002

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OPTH.S146019

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Alexei N Kulikov, Sergei V Sosnovskii, Roman D Berezin, Dmitrii S Maltsev, Dzhambulat H Oskanov, Nikolai A Gribanov

Department of Ophthalmology, Military Medical Academy, St Petersburg, Russia

Purpose: To study vitreoretinal interface (VRI) abnormalities in diabetic macular edema (DME) and the influence of these on the effectiveness of intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) therapy.
Methods: VRI status and central retinal thickness (CRT) were evaluated using line and 3D-reference scans obtained using spectral domain-optical coherence tomography RTVue-100 before and 1 month after intravitreal anti-VEGF injection (IVI). VRI status was categorized into five subgroups: normal VRI, retinal surface wrinkling associated with the eccentric epiretinal membrane (ERM), ERM involving the macular center, vitreomacular adhesion (VMA), and vitreomacular traction (VMT).
Results: A total of 105 eyes of 89 patients were included in the study. One month after IVI, the mean change of CRT in normal VRI eyes and eyes with VRI abnormalities was –128.0±144.7 µm and –53.0±96.4 µm (p<0.05), respectively. The mean change of CRT 1 month after IVI in each subgroup with VRI abnormalities, apart from the subgroup with retinal wrinkling associated with eccentric ERM, was statistically significantly lower compared to the eyes with normal VRI (p<0.05).
Conclusion: VRI abnormalities significantly reduce the effectiveness of intravitreal anti-VEGF therapy in eyes with DME. Eyes with noticeable changes of VRI, including ERM involving the macular center, VMA, and VMT have a poorer response to anti-VEGF therapy compared to eyes with normal VRI or eccentric ERM.

Keywords: diabetic macular edema, anti-VEGF, optical coherence tomography, epiretinal membrane, vitreomacular adhesion, vitreomacular traction

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