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Complications to intravitreal steroid injections

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From Medscape Ophthalmology
Complications of Intravitreal Steroid Therapy
Posted 11/28/2007

C. Robert Bernardino, MD

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Intravitreal steroid therapy is effective in treating macular edema (ME) caused by a variety of causes.[1-5] Complications from intravitreal steroids can include increased ocular pressure, cataract formation, endophthalmitis, and retinal detachment. This study analyzed these complications based on the pretreatment diagnosis: uveitis-related ME; or macula edema from a nonuveitic cause.

Adverse Events after Intravitreal Triamcinolone in Patients With and Without Uveitis
Galor A, Margolis R, Brasil OM, et al
Ophthalmology. 2007;114:1912-1918

This retrospective study included 222 eyes of 173 patients. Of those, 45 eyes had uveitis and 177 eyes had other causes of ME. The most common cause of ME was diabetes mellitus (72% of eyes). Most of the uveitic eyes (58%) did not have systemic involvement, but of those that did, sarcoidosis was the most common systemic disease (18%).

Uveitis proved to be the strongest predictor for an adverse event. Elevation of intraocular pressure (IOP) was more prevalent in those with uveitis than in those without (IOP ≥ 15 mm Hg elevation from baseline or IOP greater than 32 in 31% of uveitis eyes vs 14% of nonuveitis eyes after any injection). The risk for of posterior subcapsular cataract was 5.6 times higher in uveitis eyes as well.

Intravitreal steroids are quite effective in managing ME from varied causes. Although elevation of IOP and cataract formation are known complications with therapy, this study demonstrated that it may be possible to predict who is at greatest risk. Patients with uveitis should be educated about these risks and monitored for them.

Supported by an independent educational grant from Genentech


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C. Robert Bernardino, MD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut; Director of Oculoplastics, Yale Eye Center, New Haven, Connecticut

Disclosure: C. Robert Bernardino, MD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
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