Background: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has become an invaluable tool in retinoblastoma management, providing submillimeter visualization of tumor control following treatment. Herein, we document OCT-detection of a subtle tumor recurrence, allowing early intervention and achieving foveal microanatomy preservation.
Case presentation: A 3-week-old girl was diagnosed with bilateral familial retinoblastoma, classified as group D in the right eye (OD) and group B in the left eye (OS), and treated with intravenous chemoreduction. At 6-months follow-up, the right eye was under control, but the left eye revealed a subtle juxtafoveal tumor recurrence, documented on handheld OCT (HH-OCT) and measuring 2750 µm in diameter and 792 µm in thickness. Treatment with intraarterial chemotherapy (IAC) using 1 cycle of melphalan 5 mg was performed and complete tumor control was achieved, leaving a flat, concave scar 663 µm from the intact foveola and measuring 2750 µm in diameter and 120 µm in thickness. Foveal microanatomy OS was preserved on HH-OCT. The findings remained stable at 2 years following IAC.
Conclusions: HH-OCT is an important tool in retinoblastoma management. In this case, HH-OCT allowed for early detection of retinoblastoma recurrence, before foveal invasion. Following treatment with IAC, complete tumor regression was noted and foveal microanatomy remained intact.
Recommended CitationYarovaya, Vera; Sioufi, Kareem; and Shields, Carol L, "Parafoveolar retinoblastoma regression with foveal preservation following intra-arterial chemotherapy documented on hand-held optical coherence tomography in a newborn." (2017). Wills Eye Hospital Papers. Paper 86.
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