Transpupillary thermotherapy in exudative, age-related macular degeneration [in German]
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effectiveness of a single transpupillary thermotherapy (TTT) in patients with exudative, age-related macular degeneration (AMD). METHODS: In a prospective pilot study, 14 patients with a mean age of 78 years (range: 70-92 years) with subfoveal choroidal neovascularisation (CNV) due to exudative, age-related macular degeneration were treated with a single TTT using a diode laser (810 nm). Seven patients had a classic and seven an occult CNV. Laser beam size was 4.5 mm,the power setting was 800 mW and the exposure lasted 60 s. RESULTS: Twelve out of 14 patients could be followed for a period of 18 months. Stabilisation of the visual acuity was achieved in two patients, ten patients lost three or more Snellen lines. In none of the patients a regression of the CNV could be observed immediately after TTT. Inactive fibrotic scars developed in six patients at the end of the study. CONCLUSION: Our results suggest that TTT, according to our protocol, has no beneficial effect on the spontaneous course of the CNV in patients with AMD.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
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|Keywords:||Schlüsselwörter Transpupilläre Thermotherapie, Choroidale Neovaskularisation, Altersabhängie Makuladegeneration|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300) > Vision Science (111303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300) > Optical Technology (111302)
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2003 Springer|
|Copyright Statement:||The original publication is available at SpringerLink http://www.springerlink.com|
|Deposited On:||13 Feb 2008 00:00|
|Last Modified:||21 Apr 2010 16:32|
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