Intercellular adhesion molecule inhibitors as potential therapy for refractory uveitic macular edema.

Publications // Roomasa Channa // Oct 01 2010

PubMed ID: 20666682

Author(s): Wang J, Ibrahim M, Turkcuoglu P, Hatef E, Khwaja A, Channa R, Do DV, Nguyen QD. Intercellular adhesion molecule inhibitors as potential therapy for refractory uveitic macular edema. Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2010 Oct;18(5):395-8. doi: 10.3109/09273948.2010.483317. PMID 20666682

Journal: Ocular Immunology And Inflammation, Volume 18, Issue 5, Oct 2010

PURPOSE To describe the bioactivity of an intercellular adhesion molecule inhibitor (efalizumab) in a patient with refractory uveitic macular edema.

METHODS A 55-year-old man presented with idiopathic autoimmune uveitis and associated macular edema, which could not be controlled by regional and systemic corticosteroid and selected immunomodulatory therapy. Efalizumab was administered as subcutaneous injections.

RESULTS After 37 weekly injections of efalizumab, the uveitic macular edema was successfully eliminated. Six months following discontinuation of efalizumab, there were no signs of recurrent inflammation.

CONCLUSION Further investigation of the role of intercellular adhesion molecule inhibitors in the management of uveitic macular edema is indicated.