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Wide-Field Fluorescein Angiography in the Diagnosis and Management of Retinal Vein Occlusion: A Retrospective Single-Center Study

Monika J. Turczyńska, Przemysław Krajewski, Joanna E. Brydak-Godowska

(Department of Ophthalmology, Infant Jesus Clinical Hospital, University Clinical Center, Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland)

Med Sci Monit 2021; 27:e927782

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.927782

BACKGROUND: The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the role of wide-field fluorescein angiography (WF-FA) in the diagnosis and management of retinal vein occlusion (RVO) at a single center in Poland.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: This study included 106 patients (112 eyes) diagnosed with RVO (102 eyes) or impending RVO (10 eyes) (54% women and 46% men, aged 26 to 86 years). The medical records of the participants were reviewed in search of documentation on ocular and systemic diseases. Results of FA of central and peripheral retina and optical coherence tomography (OCT) scans, which had been used to establish treatment indications, were analyzed. WF-FA was performed with Spectralis HRA+OCT or Optos Tx200.
RESULTS: Actual RVO was found in 102 eyes. Of those cases, 46.1% were CRVO (central retinal vein occlusion), 40.2% branch retinal vein occlusion, 11.8% small tributary vein occlusion, and 1.9% hemispheric retinal vein occlusion. Neovascularization on an optic disc, neovascularization elsewhere, and veno-venous collateral vessels were observed in 32.3%, 17.4%, and 41.2% of the eyes, respectively. Peripheral ischemic zones were present in 59.8% of the eyes, in 20.6% of which, ischemia was not observed in the posterior pole. Dye leaks limited to peripheral vessels, peripheral vascular amputations, and central macular edema in OCT were observed in 17.6%, 43.1%, and 63.7% of the eyes, respectively. Retinal laser photocoagulation was conducted on 73.5% of the eyes.
CONCLUSIONS: Decision-making about management of patients with RVO should be done after physical examination and analysis of central and peripheral retina FA. In 20.6% of patients, assessment of the peripheral retina resulted in a change in treatment. The first changes suggestive of progression of thrombotic disease to the ischemic form appeared on the periphery in images from WF-FA.

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