Comparison of Ranibizumab Monotherapy and Ranibizumab Combination Therapies in Recurrent or Persistent Choroidal Neovascularization Secondary to Age-related Macular Degeneration

2014-07-23 21:08:16 | BioPortfolio


Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is by far the most common disorder in the group of irreversible causes of visual disability. AMD leads to dysfunction and loss of photoreceptors in the central retina. Neovascular AMD (nAMD) affects visual function early in the disease process and severely compromises the highly developed functions of the macula, such as perception of details, central fixation, color vision, and reading ability. AMD-related visual impairment is associated with a loss of autonomy and quality of life. Current therapeutic approaches target vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), which has been identified as a main cytokine in the pathogenesis of nAMD. Ranibizumab, the fab-fragment of an antibody targeting VEGF is approved for the treatment of nAMD applied intravitreally in monthly intervals until the disease activity is stopped. However, a significant proportion of patients with nAMD suffer from persistent or recurring disease with the need of continuous anti-VEGF therapy over months and years, often leading to irreversible changes in the photoreceptor layer and the pigment epithelium.

Recent studies regarding the treatment of nAMD utilized different forms of therapies, combining photodynamic therapy with verteporfin (PDT) and ranibizumab, as well as therapeutic regimen containing steroids. Even though these studies did not provide evidence that combination therapies are superior to ranibizumab monotherapy, studies were only conducted with patients with previously untreated nAMD. Therefore, currently there is no alternative therapeutic approach for patients with recurrent or persistent form of nAMD after multiple treatments with ranibizumab monotherapy.

The purpose of this study is to assess the treatment effect of reduced fluence PDT and intravitreal ranibizumab versus intravitreal dexamethasone and ranibizumab versus intravitreal ranibizumab monotherapy in patients with persistent or recurrent choroidal neovascularization (CNV) due to AMD.

The investigators hypothesis is that these findings will offer new insights in the management of persistent or recurrent CNV secondary to AMD.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment


Age-Related Macular Degeneration


Reduced fluence photodynamic therapy and intravitreal ranibizumab, Intravitreal dexamethasone and intravitreal ranibizumab, Intravitreal ranibizumab


Department of Ophthalmology, Medical University of Vienna


Not yet recruiting


Medical University of Vienna

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:08:16-0400

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The administration of substances into the VITREOUS BODY of the eye with a hypodermic syringe.

The purified component of HEMATOPORPHYRIN DERIVATIVE, it consists of a mixture of oligomeric porphyrins. It is used in photodynamic therapy (HEMATOPORPHYRIN PHOTORADIATION); to treat malignant lesions with visible light and experimentally as an antiviral agent. It is the first drug to be approved in the use of PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY in the United States.

Treatment of the skin with flashlamps of prescribed wavelengths, fluence, and pulse durations which target specific chromophores to induce photothermolysis at specific locations in the skin such as at the HAIR FOLLICLE or SPIDER VEINS.

A complex mixture of monomeric and aggregated porphyrins used in the photodynamic therapy of tumors (HEMATOPORPHYRIN PHOTORADIATION). A purified component of this mixture is known as DIHEMATOPORPHYRIN ETHER.

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