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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 396-399

Efficacy of combined intravitreal bevacizumab and triamcinolone for branch retinal vein occlusion

1 The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, Texas, USA
2 The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; Mayo Clinic Department of Ophthalmology, Galveston, Texas, USA

Correspondence Address:
Kapil G Kapoor
Department of Ophthalmology, University of Texas Medical Branch, 301 University Boulevard, Galveston, Texas-77555-1106
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.120227

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Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy of combined treatment with intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB) and triamcinolone acetate (IVT) for patients with macular edema secondary to branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO). Materials and Methods: Retrospective analysis of 20 eyes injected with 1.25 mg IVB and 2 mg IVT for clinically identified BRVO within 8 weeks of onset. All patients lacked concomitant ocular pathology and completed 6 months' follow-up. Clinical examination including LogMAR visual acuity (VA) and central macular thickness (CMT) by spectralis optical coherence tomography (OCT) was performed preoperatively and at 1, 3 and 6 months post-operatively. Results : Mean patient age was 61.3 years with a mean BRVO diagnosis time of 3 weeks at presentation. VA improved from logMAR 1.08 preoperatively to Mean logMAR VA of 0.55 ± 0.17 at 1 month (P < 0.001), 0.56 ± 0.21 at 3 months (P < 0.001), and 0.38 ± 0.1 at 6 months (P < 0.001) Mean CMT improved from 482 ± 107 μm preoperatively to 319 ± 53 μm at 1 month (P < 0.001), 344 ± 89 μm at 3 months (P < 0.001), and 241 ± 29 μm at 6 months (P < 0.001). Mean IOP preoperatively was 16.5 mmHg, 21 mmHg at 1 month, and 15 mmHg at 6 months. Six out of 20 patients (30%) were re-injected with IVB and IVT at 3 months. Conclusions: Early combined treatment with IVB and IVT is effective in improving anatomic and functional outcomes in patients with macular edema secondary to BRVO.

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