Hyperfluorescence of the optic disc with indocyanine green angiography

K Maaijwee, P R van den Biesen, J C van Meurs

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PURPOSE: One-fourth of the patients with exudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD) treated with an autologous retinal pigment epithelium (RPE)-choroid translocation had a hyperfluorescent optic disc with indocyanine green angiography (ICGA). This study aimed to identify whether indocyanine green (ICG)-assisted surgery was related to the hyperfluorescence of the optic disc with ICGA.

METHODS: Retrospective observational case series of 31 AMD patients treated with an RPE-choroid translocation and who had ICGA after surgery. The ICGAs were assessed for hypo/iso/hyperfluorescence of the optic disc and fluorescence was related to the time interval between ICGA and the possible use of intravitreal ICG.

RESULTS: The optic disc was hyperfluorescent in six patients, isofluorescent in one, and hypofluorescent in 24 patients. All hyperfluorescent optic discs and 7 of the 24 hypofluorescent optic discs were preceded with ICG-assisted surgery with a time interval of 7+/-3 weeks and 43+/-12 weeks, respectively (P=0.001, Student t-test). The other 17 hypofluorescent discs were not preceded by ICG-assisted surgery and the one isofluorescent optic disc was observed 32 weeks after ICG-assisted surgery.

CONCLUSION: There was a statistically significant correlation between intravitreal ICG use during surgery and a hyperfluorescent optic disc with ICGA in our patient group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)819-21
Number of pages3
JournalEye (London, England)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009


  • Choroid/transplantation
  • Coloring Agents
  • Fluorescein Angiography/methods
  • Fluorescence
  • Humans
  • Indocyanine Green
  • Macular Degeneration/complications
  • Optic Disk/pathology
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Transplantation, Autologous


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