May 2004
Volume 45, Issue 13
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ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   May 2004
The Natural Course of Neovascularization in the Fellow Eye of Patients with Unilateral Retinal Angiomatous Proliferation
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • N.E. Gross
    Ophthalmology / /retina, Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital, New York, NY
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    Commercial Relationships  N.E. Gross, None.
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    Support  Macula Foundation, Inc
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science May 2004, Vol.45, 3091. doi:
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      N.E. Gross; The Natural Course of Neovascularization in the Fellow Eye of Patients with Unilateral Retinal Angiomatous Proliferation . Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2004;45(13):3091.

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Abstract

Abstract: : Purpose:To characterize the natural course of the neovascular process that develops in the uninvolved fellow eyes of patients with unilateral,symptomatic retinal angiomatous proliferation (RAP), a form of neovascular age–related macular degeneration (AMD). Methods:This was a retrospective case series involving 77 patients with RAP in one eye (77 eyes) some of whom went on to develop neovascular AMD in the fellow eye. Clinical biomicroscopic examination, fluorescein angiography, and indocyanine green angiography were used to evaluate patients. Results:Neovascular AMD developed in the fellow eye of 52 patients (68%) over a mean follow–up 26 months. The neovascularization was characterized in the following manner: type of CNV, development of RAP and its stage, visual acuity of the fellow eye and risk of CNV development over time. Conclusions: Patients with unilateral, symptomatic RAP lesions frequently go on to develop neovascular AMD in the fellow previously uninvolved eye. Characterization of the natural course of the neovascular process may help in the prognostic counseling, management, and treatment of patients with this disorder.

Keywords: age–related macular degeneration • macula/fovea • degenerations/dystrophies 
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