97th DOG Annual Meeting 1999

P458

THE EFFICACY OF RADIOTHERAPY IN THE TREATMENT OF CHOROIDAL METASTASES

U. Weitgasser, B. Schatz, K. Müllner


Background: Metastases in the choroid of the eye are frequent in patients with disseminated malignancy.

Methods: We studied five patients with tumors metastatic to the choroid, that were treated by radiation therapy.

Results: Over about a year follow-up and evaluation showed that both, tumor response and visual acuity were significantly improved if doses higher than 35.5 Gy. Whenever possible, a lense sparing technique should be used.

Conclusion: Radiation therapy is an efficient and save palliative treatment for choroidal metastases and it helps the preservation of vision. Thus, there is a major impact on the quality of life in a group of patients with an almost informly fatal prognosis.

Department of Ophthalmology, Auenbruggerplatz 4, A-8036 Graz


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