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May 1992

Choroidal Neovascularization Associated With Choroidal Hemangiomas

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill (Drs Ruby, Jampol, Schroeder, and Anderson-Nelson), and the Department of Ophthalmology, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md (Dr Goldberg).

Arch Ophthalmol. 1992;110(5):658-661. doi:10.1001/archopht.1992.01080170080028

• Two patients with choroidal hemangiomas developed choroidal neovascularization. One patient with Sturge-Weber syndrome, a unilateral diffuse choroidal hemangioma, and a serous detachment of the macula was treated with yellow dye laser photocoagulation in a grid pattern to the tumor before glaucoma filtration surgery. Four years after successful laser treatment, the patient developed subfoveal choroidal neovascularization in an area of treatment. A second patient with a circumscribed choroidal hemangioma developed spontaneous subfoveal choroidal neovascularization 12 years after initial diagnosis of the hemangioma. The development of choroidal neovascularization associated with choroidal hemangiomas represents a potential cause of poor visual outcome in these patients.

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