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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 452372, 3 pages
Case Report

Photodynamic Therapy for Diffuse Choroidal Hemangioma in Sturge-Weber Syndrome

Department of Ophthalmology, Centro Hospitalar do Porto, EPE, Largo Professor Abel Salazar, 4099-001 Porto, Portugal

Received 9 March 2014; Accepted 16 April 2014; Published 7 May 2014

Academic Editor: Marco A. Zarbin

Copyright © 2014 Sílvia Monteiro et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Purpose. To report the treatment outcome of photodynamic therapy with verteporfin (PDT) for exudative retinal detachment (RD) associated with diffuse choroidal hemangioma in Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS). Methods. An interventional case report of a 10-year-old girl with SWS who developed an exudative RD (visual acuity hand motions) that was treated with PDT. She was treated with a first session of multispot PDT. Posteriorly, a choroidotomy for drainage of subretinal fluid was created, combined with an intravitreal injection of gas (SF6) and cryoapplication. Finally, a second session of PDT was applied. Results. Subretinal fluid resolved over a period of one year and visual acuity increased to 20/125. Conclusions. PDT is an effective therapeutic option for exudative RD associated with diffuse choroidal hemangioma.