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Outer retinal tubulations and their predictive value

Elitsa Hristova, Zornitsa Zlatarova

Abstract

Aim: The aim of this article is to present the microstructural characteristics of outer retinal tubulations (ORTs) in patients with exudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and to assess their predictive value for poor visual acuity.

Materials and Methods: Fifty-five eyes of 50 patients with wet AMD were examined. All subjects underwent a complete ophthalmic examination and optical coherence tomography (OCT). Statistical analyses were carried out using SPSS v. 19.0.

Results: The median follow-up period was 8.31±8.86 months (3 to 36 months). ORTs were found in 8 (14.5%) of all examined with OCT patients. There was no statistically significant correlation between these changes and visual acuity.

Conclusion: ORTs are rarely seen in patients with exudative AMD. Their predictive value of visual acuity based on such small amount of cases could be difficult to assess.

 


Keywords

OCT, outer retinal tubulations, AMD

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14748/isuvsme.v25i1.7214

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