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January 2001

A Potentially Life-Threatening Adverse Reaction to Verteporfin

Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(1):143. doi:

Photodynamic therapy of choroidal neovascularization in patients with age-related macular degeneration and other diseases has proved a useful addition to the ophthalmologist's therapeutic armamentarium.1 Reported adverse effects have been few and have included infusion site problems, photosensitivity reactions, and rare posttherapeutic visual loss secondary to hemorrhage or increased subretinal fluid.2 We would like to report a potentially life-threatening event that occurred during the infusion of verteporfin for photodynamic therapy.

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