What were ocular outcomes at 12 months’ corrected age for eyes that received a dose of 0.625 mg to 0.031 mg of bevacizumab for type 1 retinopathy of prematurity?
In this cohort study of 46 infants (87 eyes), 12 eyes had myopia greater than −5.00 D spherical equivalent, and 2 eyes had hyperopia greater than 5.00 D spherical equivalent. Abnormalities of the cornea, lens, or anterior segment were reported in 1 eye, 3 eyes, and 3 eyes, respectively.
Ocular abnormality rates at 1 year were consistent with those reported in other studies with higher bevacizumab dosages.
Lower bevacizumab dosages are being used for type 1 retinopathy of prematurity, but there are limited data on long-term ocular outcomes with lower doses.
To evaluate ocular outcomes at 12 months’ corrected age for eyes that received a dose of 0.625 mg, 0.25 mg, 0.125 mg, 0.063 mg, or 0.031 mg of bevacizumab for type 1 retinopathy of prematurity.
Design, Setting, and Participants
This prospective cohort study used a masked, multicenter, phase 1 dose de-escalation study design and was conducted from April 2016 to October 2017. Study eyes were treated with a dose of 0.25, 0.125, 0.063, or 0.031 mg of bevacizumab; fellow eyes were treated with a dosage 1 level higher than the study eye. Additional treatment after 4 weeks was at investigator discretion. Data analysis occurred from November 2018 to March 2019.
Intravitreous bevacizumab injections of 0.625 mg to 0.031 mg.
Main Outcomes and Measures
Visual fixation, amblyopia, alignment, nystagmus, cycloplegic refraction, and ocular examinations were assessed at 12 months’ corrected age as preplanned secondary outcomes. The primary outcome 4 weeks after treatment and secondary outcomes after 6 months’ corrected age have been previously reported.
Forty-six of 61 infants (75%) had a 12-month follow-up examination (46 study eyes and 43 fellow eyes; median [interquartile range] birth weight, 650 [590-760] g). Of 87 eyes with a cycloplegic refraction, 12 (14% [95% CI, 7%-27%]) had myopia of more than −5.00 D spherical equivalent; 2 (2%; [95% CI, 0%-8%]) had hyperopia greater than 5.00 D spherical equivalent; and 5 infants (11% [95% CI, 4%-24%]) had anisometropia greater than 1.50 D spherical equivalent. Abnormalities of the cornea, lens, or anterior segment were reported in 1 eye (1% [95% CI, 0%-6%]), 3 eyes (3% [95% CI, 1%-10%]), and 3 eyes (3% [95% CI, 1%-10%]), respectively. Optic nerve atrophy was identified in 11 eyes (13% [95% CI, 6%-26%]), and 1 eye (1% [95% CI, 0%-6%]) had total retinal detachment. Strabismus was reported in 13 infants (30% [95% CI, 17%-45%]), manifest nystagmus in 7 infants (15% [95% CI, 6%-29%]), and amblyopia in 3 infants (7% [95% CI, 1%-18%]). Overall, 98% of infants had central fixation in each eye (44 of 45 eyes).
Conclusions and Relevance
In this study of low-dose bevacizumab, the secondary outcomes of high myopia, strabismus, retinal detachment, nystagmus, and other ocular abnormalities at 1 year were consistent with rates reported in other studies with higher dosages.
ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT02390531
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Crouch ER, Kraker RT, Wallace DK, et al. Secondary 12-Month Ocular Outcomes of a Phase 1 Dosing Study of Bevacizumab for Retinopathy of Prematurity. JAMA Ophthalmol. Published online November 07, 2019. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2019.4488
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