Background: To compare the outcomes of photodynamic therapy (PDT) between two different angiographic subtypes of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV).
Methods: Ninety-three consecutive cases of PCV were classified into two phenotypes (42 type 1 and 51 type 2) according to the presence or absence of feeding vessels found on indocyanine green angiography. Full-dose PDT and retreatments were performed every 3 months as needed based on the findings on angiography. The best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was compared as the main outcome between type 1 and type 2 PCV up to 12 months after the initial PDT.
Results: The baseline greatest linear dimension (GLD) was significantly larger in type 1 PCV than type 2 PCV. The mean BCVA was significantly improved from baseline in type 2 PCV, while no improvement was found in type 1 PCV. Analysis with matching the GLD between both PCV subtypes did not change the original results.
Conclusions: There may be a significantly different response to PDT between two angiographic phenotypes of PCV.
© 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel.