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Visual acuity outcomes with and without surgery in patients with persistent fetal vasculature.
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PMID:  10857824     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To investigate visual acuity outcomes in patients with persistent fetal vasculature (PFV) left untreated or treated with vitreoretinal surgical techniques and to investigate clinical features associated with prognosis. DESIGN: Retrospective, noncomparative case series. PARTICIPANTS: All patients with PFV examined at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute from January 1, 1983 through December 31, 1998. INTERVENTION: All patients in the study had unilateral PFV. Of 42 PFV patients identified, 30 patients underwent vitreoretinal surgery. Indications for surgery included media opacity (e.g., cataract), vitreoretinal traction, and retinal detachment. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Final best postoperative visual acuity, prognostic ocular clinical features, and surgical complications. RESULTS: In the surgical group of patients, median age at diagnosis was 8 weeks, and median length of follow-up was 32 months, with all patients having at least 1 year of follow-up. Two patients had clinical and echographic findings consistent with anterior PFV, 2 patients had strictly posterior PFV, and the remaining 26 patients had components of both anterior and posterior PFV. Fourteen eyes (47%) achieved a final visual acuity of 20/400 or better at last follow-up. Risk factors for a poor visual acuity outcome (<20/400) included microphthalmia (28% of patients with microphthalmia versus 67% of patients with normal axial length achieved a final vision of 20/400 or better; P = 0.061) and preoperative retinal detachment or retinal or optic nerve abnormalities, or both, such as hypoplasia, folds, or indistinct macula with hypopigmentation (25% of patients with any of these anomalies versus 61 % of patients without these findings achieved a final vision of 20/400 or better; P = 0.072). After surgery, retinal detachment developed in three eyes, chronic hypotony in two other eyes, and neovascular glaucoma in one eye. In the nonsurgical group there were 6 male and 6 female patients. Two patients with posterior PFV had minimal disease and were not considered surgical candidates, whereas 10 patients with combined anterior and posterior PFV had advanced pathologic features, and it was believed that surgery would not offer significant visual improvement; median age at diagnosis was 9.5 months, and median length of follow-up was 36 months, with all patients having at least 1 year of follow-up. At last follow-up, 3 eyes (25%) had a final visual acuity of 20/400 or better. During follow-up, retinal detachment developed in 2 eyes and chronic hypotony in an additional 2 eyes. CONCLUSIONS: The current study indicates that approximately 50% of patients undergoing surgery for PFV will achieve useful vision. Visual acuity outcomes in patients with PFV are correlated with the nature and extent of ocular risk factors. Some patients may not be candidates for surgery because of either minimal changes or advanced disease that limit the potential of visual improvement.
G Alexandrakis; I U Scott; H W Flynn; T G Murray; W J Feuer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ophthalmology     Volume:  107     ISSN:  0161-6420     ISO Abbreviation:  Ophthalmology     Publication Date:  2000 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-06-21     Completed Date:  2000-06-21     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7802443     Medline TA:  Ophthalmology     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1068-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine, Florida, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cataract Extraction
Child, Preschool
Eye Abnormalities / physiopathology,  surgery*
Hyperplasia / physiopathology,  surgery
Infant, Newborn
Retina / surgery
Retinal Detachment / surgery
Retrospective Studies
Visual Acuity* / physiology
Vitreous Body / abnormalities*,  blood supply,  physiopathology

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