Photodynamic therapy for choroidal metastasis from carcinoid tumor

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1143-1145
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of ophthalmology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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