Retrospective Review of Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy Patients


The primary objective of the protocol is to determine if intravitreal ranibizumab alone decreases retinal neovascularization from Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (PDR) with deferred panretinal photocoagulation (PRP) and/or vitrectomy at one year after treatment with ranibizumab has been initiated.

Full Title of Study: “A Retrospective Review of Patients With Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy and Regression of PDR After Treatment With Ranibizumab”

Study Type

  • Study Type: Observational
  • Study Design
    • Time Perspective: Retrospective
  • Study Primary Completion Date: December 1, 2018

Detailed Description

Current standard treatment for Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (PDR) is panretinal photocoagulation (PRP), but this treatment is inherently destructive and has several potential adverse effects on aspects of visual function, including constriction of peripheral visual fields and decreases in night vision, contrast sensitivity and color perception. Thus, therapeutic alternatives that might delay or obviate the need for PRP are desirable. It has been demonstrated that retinal neovascularization from PDR is highly responsive to anti-VEGF therapy, but it is unclear how long regression of retinal neovascularization is sustained after anti- VEGF therapy is halted in clinical practice.

It is possible that intravitreal ranibizumab treatment could prevent laser-associated vision loss by precluding the need for PRP as long as the eye continued to receive ranibizumab. Even if ranibizumab treatment was discontinued, it is possible that initial treatment with anti-VEGF therapy might improve visual outcomes substantially by delaying or preventing the need for PRP, and the infrequent frequency of administration of ranibizumab for DME (median 2 to 3 times in the second year of treatment) after the DME initially has resolved on anti-VEGF therapy suggests that monthly ranibizumab might not be needed to achieve control of PDR.

The Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network (DRCR network) is currently evaluating intravitreal ranibizumab treatment to see if can prevent laser-associated vision loss by precluding the need for PRP as long as the eye continued to receive ranibizumab. However, intravitreal injections carry the risk of serious complications. Ophthalmic complications include endophthalmitis in 2% of all injected patients cumulatively. Endophthalmitis is a vision threatening and can cause severe and permanent vision loss and even loss of the eye. Other complications include vitreous hemorrhage, retinal detachment, uveitis and glaucoma. This study will evaluate ranibizumab usage as the primary treatment for PDR in a busy private clinical practice.


  • Device: Panretinal Photocoagulation
    • Laser treatment for PDR
  • Drug: Lucentis
    • Intraviteral injection

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • PDR treated with Laser
  • PDR treated with Lucentis

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • Clinical regression of neovascularization not requiring further treatment beyond RBZ
    • Time Frame: 2009-2018
    • Clinical regression of neovascularization not requiring further treatment beyond RBZ

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

1. Age >= 18 years Individuals <18 years old are not being included because PDR is so rare in this age group that the diagnosis of PDR may be questionable.

2. Diagnosis of diabetes mellitus (type 1 or type 2)

Any one of the following will be considered to be sufficient evidence that diabetes is present:

  • Current regular use of insulin for the treatment of diabetes
  • Current regular use of oral anti-hyperglycemia agents for the treatment of diabetes
  • Documented diabetes by ADA and/or WHO criteria (see Procedures Manual for definitions

3. Presence of PDR which the investigator has treated the study eye(s) with ranibizumab

Exclusion Criteria

1. History of prior panretinal photocoagulation prior to initiating ranibizumab

2. Tractional retinal detachment involving the macula.

  • A tractional retinal detachment is not an exclusion if it is outside of the posterior pole (not threatening the macula)

3. History of vitrectomy prior to initiating ranibizumab

4. Treatment with Ranibizumab within six months of treatment regimen

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: N/A

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: No

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • Elman Retina Group
  • Collaborator
    • Roche-Genentech
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Sponsor
  • Overall Official(s)
    • Michael Elman, Principal Investigator, Elman Retina Group, P.A.

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