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23rd Annual Meeting of the German Retina Society

German Retina Society

24.09. - 25.09.2010, Freiburg

Potentials of anti-VEGF therapy in neovascular glaucoma

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  • Andreas Lipski - University Eye Clinic Essen
  • N. Bornfeld - University Eye Clinic Essen
  • B. Jurklies - University Eye Clinic Essen

German Retina Society. 23rd Annual Conference of the German Retina Society. Freiburg i. Br., 24.-25.09.2010. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2010. Doc10rg43

doi: 10.3205/10rg43, urn:nbn:de:0183-10rg432

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Published: September 21, 2010

© 2010 Lipski et al.
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Background: Causal therapeutic approaches to neovascular glaucome e.g. in diabetic retinopathy include destructive laser- and kryotechniques of both the retina and ciliary body. Although anti-VEGF therapy widens the therapeutic spectrum, its efficacy remains unproven.

Methods: Case presentations, review of the literature.

Results: An uncomparable potential to temporarily resolve neovascular vessels following intraocular phamacotherapy using Avastin justifies rapid and lasting introduction into the therapeutic catalogue in neovascular glaucoma; an irreplaceable time advantage in the long term therapy of the disease may result.

Conclusion: As the pathogenesis of neovascular glaucoma is not influenced causally or longer-lasting by intraocular Avastin, adjunctive and prompt application of the aforementioned established treatment modalities may help to approve or refund anti-VEGF therapy in neovascular glaucoma.