Noninfectious Inflammatory Response following Intravitreal Bevacizumab Injections: Description of a Cluster of Cases in Two Centers and a Review of the Literature

Omer Trivizki*, Shulamit Schwartz, Neta Negri, Anat Loewenstein, Gilad Rabina, Shiri Shulman

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Abstract

Purpose: To report a cluster of high incidence of noninfectious inflammatory reaction shortly after bevacizumab injection. Methods: Data were collected from medical records of consecutive patients who underwent bevacizumab injections and presented with acute uveitis within 1-4 days. Results: All 7 patients were injected intravitreally with bevacizumab from different batches and presented with visual deterioration. One patient with anterior uveitis complained of pain. None had hypopyon. Three patients with vitritis underwent a vitreous tap with an intravitreal injection of vancomycin and ceftazidime for possible infectious endophthalmitis. All patients received intensive topical antibiotic drops and steroids, and the intraocular inflammation resolved completely within 1 month. Five patients continued to receive bevacizumab injections without recurrent episodes. Conclusions: Our series demonstrates an incidence of noninfectious inflammatory reaction shortly after bevacizumab injection that is higher than that reported in the literature. The cause is more likely the preparation process in the same compounding pharmacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-166
Number of pages4
JournalOphthalmologica
Volume240
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2018

Keywords

  • Bevacizumab
  • Noninfectious inflammatory reaction
  • Preparation process
  • Uveitic reaction

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