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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 14-17

Effect of subconjunctival antivascular endothelial growth factor on corneal neovascularization after penetrating keratoplasty

Department of Ophthalmology, Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

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Renu Dhasmana
Department of Ophthalmology, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Dehradun - 248 140, Uttarakhand
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DOI: 10.4103/sjopthal.sjopthal_11_18

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Purpose: To evaluate the effect of subconjunctival anti-VEGF on corneal neovascularisation post penetrating keratoplasty. Methods: A total of 31 eyes of 31 patients with corneal neovascularisation post penetrating keratoplasty were subjected to 2.5 mg/0.1 ml of subconjunctival bevacizumab in each quadrant of neovascularisation. We evaluated the regression of corneal neovascularisation after subconjunctival bevacizumab at 1 week, 4 weeks and 6 weeks and the incidence of complications and subjective complaints related to the treatment was also noted. Results: This was an experimental study, conducted from September 2015 to September 2016. A total of 31 patients with corneal neovascularisation post penetrating keratoplasty were included in the study, out of which 27(87.1%) were males and 4(12.9%) were females. 90.3% of patients had neovascularisation in all 4 quadrants, 6.5% had neovascularisation in 2 quadrants and only 3.2% had neovascularisation in only 1 quadrant. All patients who were subjected to subconjunctival bevcizumab, the regression of neovascularisation at 1 week, 4 weeks and 6 weeks was noted and there was a significant decrease in neovascularisation in central segments 1.97 ± 3.72 as compared to pre 5.13 ±7.12(p=0.001) and also in peripheral segments at 6 weeks 29.90 ± 15.73 as compared to pre bevacizumab 44.32 ± 17.97(p<0.001). Conclusion: The use of subconjunctival bevacizumab seems to be an effective and safe method in the treatment of corneal neovascularisation.

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