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Transpupillary thermotherapy in exudative, age-related macular degeneration [in German]

Haas, Anton, Feigl, Beatrix, & Weger, Martin (2003) Transpupillary thermotherapy in exudative, age-related macular degeneration [in German]. Der Ophthalmologe, 100(2), pp. 111-114.

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Abstract

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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ID Code: 12447
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Keywords: Schlüsselwörter Transpupilläre Thermotherapie, Choroidale Neovaskularisation, Altersabhängie Makuladegeneration
DOI: 10.1007/s00347-002-0709-7
ISSN: 1433-0423
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
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2010 02:32

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