Author(s): Harbour JW
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Abstract PURPOSE: To determine the efficacy of photodynamic therapy for the treatment of a choroidal metastasis unresponsive to chemotherapy and radiation therapy. DESIGN: Interventional case report. METHODS: Photodynamic therapy with verteporfin was performed. Visual acuity, local tumor control, and complications were assessed. RESULTS: A 72-year-old woman was diagnosed with bilateral, biopsy-proven choroidal metastasis from a pulmonary carcinoid tumor that was resistant to chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The tumor in the left eye caused a retinal detachment and vision loss to light perception. The smaller lesion in the right eye progressively enlarged toward the fovea despite therapy and was treated with photodynamic therapy with verteporfin. Within 2 months, the exudative detachment resolved, the visual acuity returned to baseline, and the tumor volume decreased by 50\%. CONCLUSION: Photodynamic therapy may be an effective treatment option for selected patients with choroidal metastasis.
This article was published in Am J Ophthalmol
and referenced in Journal of Analytical & Bioanalytical Techniques