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      Fluorescein Angiography Compared to Three-Dimensional Measurements by the Retinal Thickness Analyzer in Classic Choroidal Neovascularization

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          Purpose: To compare and correlate imaging of classic subfoveal choroidal neovascularization (CNV) with noninvasive 3-dimensional imaging by the retinal thickness analyzer (RTA) to conventional fluorescein angiography (FA). Methods: A total of 29 eyes of 29 consecutive patients with predominantly classic CNV eligible for photodynamic therapy underwent FA and RTA imaging. The FA dimensions of the CNV were measured independently by two graders. With the RTA, masked to FA the size of the CNV itself as imaged in 3-dimensional reconstruction, the size of significantly thickened retina overlying the CNV and the maximum retinal thickness were measured. Results: The mean diameter of the CNV determined from 3-dimensional RTA reconstructions showed an excellent correlation with measurements from FA (r = 0.91, p < 0.001). The area of retinal thickening was by a mean of 0.7 mm in diameter larger and correlated moderately well with the size of the CNV on FA (r = 0.65, p < 0.001). In contrast, there was no correlation between the absolute retinal thickness and the CNV size on FA. Conclusions: Noninvasive quantitative mapping of predominantly classic CNV by RTA is feasible and also allows 3-dimensional measurement of the lesion itself. The results correlate well with FA assessment but visualize different properties of the disease.

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            To investigate retinal morphology by means of fluorescein angiography (FA) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) in patients who had undergone photodynamic therapy (PDT) with verteporfin at their 3-month-interval examination. Sixty patients with predominantly classic choroidal neovascularization (CNV) secondary to age-related macular degeneration were evaluated with FA and OCT 3 months after their last PDT. FA images were evaluated in a masked fashion for staining of and leakage from the lesion and also for cystoid loculation of fluorescein in the macula. OCT was used to evaluate foveal thickness and the presence of subretinal fluid or cystoid spaces within the retina, also in a masked fashion. The median age of the 60 patients was 78 years, and the median visual acuity of the eyes examined was 20/100. The median number of previous PDT sessions was 2. Fluorescein staining was seen in 57 eyes (95%), and fluorescein leakage was seen in 50 eyes (83%). Cystoid loculation of fluorescein was seen in 21 eyes (35%). By OCT, cystoid spaces in the macula were seen in 42 patients (70%), and subretinal fluid was seen in 15 patients (25%). Leakage seen shown by FA was correlated with the OCT finding of cystoid spaces but not with the OCT finding of subretinal fluid. Some patients had leakage during FA that did not have any observable induced OCT abnormality attributable to fluid accumulation. After PDT leakage from CNV seen during FA is associated with intraretinal fluid, often seen in loculated cystoid spaces, but not with subretinal fluid.
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              Angiographic findings in patients with exudative age-related macular degeneration.

              Exudative age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is the leading cause for severe visual loss in the elderly. A series of clinical trials has established the efficacy of laser photocoagulation and photodynamic therapy (PDT) in special subgroups of patients with exudative ARMD. We analyzed the fluorescein and indocyanine green angiograms (ICG) of patients with exudative ARMD to characterize the nature of the CNV in order to estimate the percentage of patients amenable for one of the therapies. Patients with acute symptoms related to exudative ARMD were recruited for the study. All patients underwent fluorescein and ICG angiography. We analyzed the type of the CNV (classic, occult, or mixed) and location relative to the fovea from the fluorescein angiograms. Additionally, we recorded the presence of a visible capillary network in the early ICG angiograms, as well as hot spots and plaque hyperfluorescence in the late ICG angiographic frames. We included 191 patients aged 53-92 years in the study. The angiograms revealed in 17 (9%) patients classic CNV (12 subfoveal), in 114 (60%) occult CNV, and in 60 (31%) mixed CNV. Of these 19 had a classic component >50%. In the early ICG angiograms a capillary network was visible in 50 eyes with occult CNV. Hot spots were present in 29 eyes and a hyperfluorescent plaque in 54 eyes. In total, only 18% of eyes included in our study were eligible for laser photocoagulation or for photodynamic therapy (PDT). These numbers highlight the deficiencies of current treatment modalities for exudative ARMD. For this reason, alternative treatment should be further investigated to offer better treatment to patients with exudative ARMD.

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                Ophthalmic Res
                Ophthalmic Research
                S. Karger AG
                March 2007
                02 February 2007
                : 39
                : 2
                : 98-102
                aDepartment of Ophthalmology, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, and bDepartment of Ophthalmology, Zentralklinikum Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany
                99245 Ophthalmic Res 2007;39:98–102
                © 2007 S. Karger AG, Basel

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