Eighteen-month follow-up of intravitreal bevacizumab in type 2 idiopathic macular telangiectasia

P. Charbel Issa, R. P. Finger, F. G. Holz, H. P.N. Scholl

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Aim: To evaluate the effects of intravitreal bevacizumab for non-proliferative type 2 idiopathic macular telangiec-tasia (type 2 IMT) within a mean follow-up period of 18 months. Methods: The authors retrospectively studied six eyes of five patients with type 2 IMT who received two doses of intravitreal bevacizumab (1.5 mg) at a 4-week interval, followed by further applications depending on disease activity. Examinations included biomicroscopy, standardised visual acuity (VA) testing, fluorescein angiography, retinal thickness analysis by optical coherence tomography and fundus-controlled microperimetry. Results: Mean follow-up time was 18 months (range 16-21 months). The mean VA at four selected time points (1 month after second treatment, 1 month and 3-4 months after last treatment, and at last visit) increased significantly (by 8.8, 6.3, 7.7 and 8.7 Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS) letters, respectively; all p≤0.05). Parafoveal leakage in fluorescein angiography and mean central retinal thickness decreased in all eyes following treatment. A rebound effect was observed after 3-4 months, and at the last visit, retinal thickness was increased in selected retinal sectors including the fellow eye. Conclusion: Inhibition of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) by intravitreally injected bevacizumab may lead to functional improvement as well as a transient decrease in leakage and retinal thickness in patients with type 2 IMT. A VEGF-mediated active disease stage in which treatment might be most effective is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)941-945
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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