Background To investigate the levels of VEGF in the systemic circulation of patients with type 1 ROP who received intravitreal injections of 1 mg (0.025 mL) aflibercept (IVA) or 0.625 mg (0.025 mL) bevacizumab (IVB). Methods Patients who had type 1 ROP and received either IVA or IVB were enrolled in this prospective study. Serum and plasma samples were collected prior to and up to 12 weeks after IVB or IVA treatment. The serum and plasma VEGF levels were measured using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs), and the platelet levels in the blood were also quantified. The serum and plasma levels of VEGF, as well as the ratio of VEGF to platelet count (VEGF/PLT) were measured prior to and up to 12 weeks after anti-VEGF treatment. Results In total, 14 patients with type 1 ROP were enrolled in this study; five patients received IVA, and nine patients received IVB. Following either IVA or IVB treatment, all the eyes (100%) showed complete resolution of ROP-induced abnormal neovascularization and presented continued vascularization toward the peripheral retina. Compared to baseline, the serum VEGF levels were significantly reduced in the ROP patients up to 12 weeks after either IVA or IVB treatments (all P<
Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology – Springer Journals
Published: Dec 30, 2017
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