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Results of stepwise combination therapy in vernal keratoconjunctivitis

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First Author: Z.Ayhan TURKEY

Co Author(s):    Z. Ozbek   I. Durak                 

Abstract Details

Purpose:

The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical and treatment result of patients with vernal keratoconjunctivitis.

Setting:

Dokuz Eylul University School of Medicine

Methods:

Medical records of 30 patients diagnosed with vernal keratoconjunctivitis and followed-up at least 6 months between January 2005 and January 2017 were reviewed. Symptoms, treatments, number of recurrences, clinical results and complications were assessed

Results:

Sixteen patients were male, fourteen were female. Mean age was 11.9�Â�±6.6 years (5-30 years). Mean follow-up was 23.4�Â�±23.3 months (6 months-7 years). Bilateral involment was present in all patients. Topical combined mast cell stabilizators� receptor anataoginsts, steroids, cyclosporine A were applied in a stepwise approach. Mean number of recurrences was 2.03�Â�±1.2(1-6) per year. Recurrences were resolved by adding low-dose surface-active topical steroids and increasing the dose of topical cyclosporine maintanence therapy. No surgical intervention was needed. No serious complications ensued due to the disease itself and/or treatment.

Conclusions:

Combination therapy may improve symptoms and clinical findings in patients with vernal keratoconjunctivitis. Also, number of recurrences can be reduced as well as complications originating from the disease.

Financial Disclosure:

NONE

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