Bevacizumab (Avastin) for the Treatment of Ocular Disease

University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
Survey of Ophthalmology (Impact Factor: 3.85). 05/2009; 54(3):372-400. DOI: 10.1016/j.survophthal.2009.02.004
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The use of intravitreal bevacizumab (Avastin) has greatly expanded since its introduction into ophthalmic care 3 years ago. A PubMed search on 1 August 2008 revealed 51 ocular disease processes that have been treated with bevacizumab. The majority of publications consist of case reports or retrospective case series and their number is increasing quickly. It is important to collate the experiences gained to date to properly inform our clinical decision making and improve the design of future clinical trials. Current studies cannot easily be combined in a meta-analysis given the lack of standardized data and the wide variety of disorders studied in small numbers. This paper will describe the attempted uses of intravitreal bevacizumab and its efficacy for each ocular disease in addition to discussing safety. Comments regarding appropriate use of this treatment are based on our current level of knowledge. It is clear that the initial encouraging results described in this paper warrant further study of intravitreal bevacizumab in larger, controlled, randomized trials.

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    • "Pegaptanib is an aptamer engineered to bind specifically to VEGF165, the isoform primarily responsible for pathological ocular angiogenesis (Ng et al., 2006). Bevacizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody to VEGF inhibiting VEGF-receptor interaction (Gunther and Altaweel, 2009). Ranibizumab is a recombinant humanized fraction of anti-VEGF antibody that binds to all VEGF isoforms (Rosenfeld et al., 2006). "
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    • "Intravitreal injection of bevacizumab, a monoclonal antibody which targets VEGF, has been shown to provide stability or improvement in eyes with DME [2]. Ocular adverse effects of intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB) include bacterial endophthalmitis, tractional retinal detachment, uveitis, rhegmatogenous retinal detachment, and vitreous hemorrhage [3]. We report 2 eyes of a patient which developed vitreomacular traction (VMT) and increased DME after IVB injection. "
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    • "Bevacizumab (Avastin; Genentech Inc., San Francisco, CA, USA) is a complete, humanized monoclonal antibody directed against all isoforms of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Bevacizumab was originally developed as a treatment for metastatic colorectal cancer [1], and it has been successfully applied off-label for intravitreal treatment of VEGF-mediated ocular diseases such as choroidal neovascular disorder, central retinal vein occlusion, proliferative diabetic retinopathy, and pseudophakic cystoid macular edema [2]. Recently, bevacizumab has been introduced as a new therapeutic strategy for many other ocular disorders, such as recurrent pterygium, neovascularization caused by chemical burns, viral infections of the cornea and bleb survival after glaucoma surgery [3-7]. "
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