The management of large pigment epithelial detachments (PEDs) associated with retinal angiomatous proliferation (RAP) remains a challenge due to the high risk of retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) tear. We describe the successful progressive anatomical result and the maintenance of visual acuity to bimonthly, half-dose ranibizumab in a patient with this condition.
To describe the management of a large PED secondary to RAP with bimonthly, half-dose ranibizumab.
A 71-year-old woman presented with visual symptoms due to an enlarged PED, compared with previous visits, secondary to a RAP lesion, with a visual acuity of 20/32. To reduce the risk of an RPE tear and a significant decrease in vision, we discussed with the patient the possibility of treating the lesion in a progressive manner, with more frequent but smaller doses of ranibizumab. The patient was treated biweekly with 0.25 mg of ranibizumab until fattening of the PED.
The large PED fattened progressively, and visual acuity was preserved with no adverse events.
The use of half-dose antiangiogenic therapy may be useful in managing large vascularized PED associated with RAP, in an attempt to reduce the risk of RPE tear.
Keywords: age-related macular degeneration, pigment epithelial detachment, ranibizumab, retinal angiomatous proliferation, RPE tear