BILATERAL CHOROIDAL NEOVASCULARIZATION IN A PATIENT WITH BETA-THALASSEMIA MAJOR AND ITS MANAGEMENT

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Abstract

Purpose:

To describe a case of bilateral choroidal neovascularization in a patient with beta-thalassemia major and an interventional therapeutic attempt.

Method:

Retrospective case report.

Result:

A known case of beta-thalassemia major presented with gradual vision loss. Fundoscopy revealed bilateral macular edema accompanied by intraretinal hemorrhages. Optical coherence tomography and fluorescein angiography were compatible with the diagnosis of choroidal neovascularization. No signs of angioid streaks or other related abnormalities were noticed in examination and imaging. The patient was treated with intravitreal bevacizumab, and visual acuity improved within 6 months of follow-up.

Conclusion:

Bilateral choroidal neovascularization can be a presenting pathology in patients with beta-thalassemia major. Anti–vascular endothelial growth factor is a promising treatment option.

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