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Combined Low-Dose Oral Propranolol and Oral Prednisolone as First-Line Treatment in Periocular Infantile Hemangiomas.
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PMID:  21542771     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract Purpose: The purpose of this report was to describe 2 cases of periocular infantile hemangiomas (IHs) that were successfully treated with low-dose oral propranolol alone and in combination with oral prednisolone. Methods: Two infants aged 3 months and 6 weeks, respectively, were referred for management of vision-threatening periocular IHs causing ocular displacement and obscuration of the visual axis. The first infant had a superficial left upper eyelid capillary hemangioma with extraconal extension and the second infant had a deep preseptal capillary hemangioma in the right lower eyelid with intraconal extension. Both cases were started on oral propranolol 0.5 mg/kg/day in divided doses and titrated up to 1.5 mg/kg/day as first-line therapy. The first infant was also given oral prednisolone 2 mg/kg/day during the initial first month of treatment. Results: Rapid regression in sizes of the hemangiomas was seen within the first 3 days of treatment. By 2 months of therapy, both infants had achieved normal ocular alignment. The second infant experienced a transient period of hypotension after the first dose of propranolol was started but recovered spontaneously. Both infants did not experience any adverse effects of propranolol throughout the treatment period. Conclusions: Low-dose oral propranolol is an effective first-line therapy for the management of vision-threatening IH. Dose escalation in combination with oral prednisolone after pediatric assessment might be useful in avoiding adverse effects of propranolol in young infants.
Adrian Choon Aun Koay; May May Choo; Anna Marie Nathan; Asma Omar; Chin Theam Lim
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-5-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of ocular pharmacology and therapeutics : the official journal of the Association for Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1557-7732     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 May 
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Created Date:  2011-5-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9511091     Medline TA:  J Ocul Pharmacol Ther     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
1 Department of Ophthalmology, University of Malaya , Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia .
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