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doi: 10.1097/ICO.0b013e31825ec407
Clinical Science

Recurrence of Corneal Neovascularization Associated With Lipid Deposition After Subconjunctival Injection of Bevacizumab

Chu, Hsiao-Sang MD*; Chen, Ta-Ching MD*; Hu, Fung-Rong MD*,†; Chen, Wei-Li MD, PhD*,†

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Purpose: To report 7 cases of recurrent corneal neovascularization (NV) and lipid deposition after subconjunctival injection of bevacizumab for the treatment of corneal NV–induced lipid keratopathy.

Methods: We conducted a prospective interventional case series that included 20 eyes of chronic lipid keratopathy that received bevacizumab injection for the treatment of corneal NV and lipid deposition, including 7 eyes with recurrent corneal NV and lipid deposition after ceasing treatment. Repeated subconjunctival injections of bevacizumab were performed in 5 patients with recurrence. Penetrating keratoplasty was performed in 1 patient who had severely recurrent lipid deposition. Clinical presentation of corneal NV and lipid deposition, best-corrected visual acuity, and complications after treatments were recorded.

Results: Bevacizumab inhibited corneal NV and lipid depositions in 19 patients. Seven of the 20 patients (35%) had different patterns of recurrence of corneal NV/lipid deposition 6 to 15 months after discontinuing treatment. Five of the 7 patients in whom corneal NV/lipid deposition was recurrent received another course of repeated bevacizumab treatments. Three eyes had partial response to the second course of treatment. Two eyes had too short re-treatment course to have conclusions. One patient who received penetrating keratoplasty had successful result after surgery.

Conclusions: Corneal NV and lipid deposition may recur after ceasing the subconjunctival bevacizumab injections for lipid keratopathy. Some patients respond at least partially to repeated injections.

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


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