Konstantinos Anastasilakis

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, ThessalonĂ­ki, Kentriki Makedonia, Greece

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    ABSTRACT: PURPOSE:: The aim of this study was to report the use of autologous serum eyedrops (ASEs) for resolution of a corneal ulcer secondary to bullous keratopathy. METHODS:: This is a case report. RESULTS:: A 66-year-old patient presented with an infected ulcer and hypopyon while using a bandage contact lens for bullous keratopathy. Staphylococcus warneri infection was treated with systemic and topical antibiotics, and ASEs were subsequently administered to enhance reepithelialization and to avoid the need for a bandage contact lens. The ASE treatment led to closure of the epithelium layer within 3 weeks, and it was subsequently tapered over the next 3 months. The clinical picture remained stable subjectively and objectively during the 7 months of follow-up. DISCUSSION:: To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of successful use of ASEs in treating and preventing recurrence of ulcers in the context of bullous keratopathy.
    Eye & contact lens 07/2012;
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    ABSTRACT: Occurrence of choroidal neovascularization (CNV) during pregnancy has been reported as a complication of presumed ocular histoplasmosis syndrome or punctuate inner chorioretinopathy. To our knowledge, idiopathic CNV (ICNV) during pregnancy has only been reported once in the relevant literature. Bevacizumab has been used for the treatment of ICNV in small case series. However, there is limited experience regarding the use of ranibizumab for the management of ICNV. A 31-year-old woman in the eighth month of her second pregnancy was diagnosed with mild macular and papillary edema. She was followed up using biomicroscopy, fluorescein angiography (FA), and optical coherence tomography (OCT). After 3 months, visual acuity further deteriorated and funduscopy, FA and OCT findings revealed a juxtapapillary choroidal neovascular membrane (CNVM). After two ranibizumab injections, best-corrected visual acuity increased significantly, physiological macular anatomy was restored and no subretinal fluid was observed. In this case report, we present a young pregnant patient with peripapillary ICNV and neurosensory detachment involving the macula, and treatment of the eye with intravitreal ranibizumab following uneventful delivery. Increased angiogenic factor levels associated with pregnancy may contribute to the onset of CNV although this relationship has to be investigated experimentally. The rapid response to ranibizumab suggests that this anti-VEGF agent may be an alternative treatment option in the management of peripapillary ICNV.
    Case reports in ophthalmology. 01/2011; 2(1):129-33.