Focal macular electroretinograms before and after removal of choroidal neovascular lesions

Hiroko Terasaki, Yozo Miyake, Takasbi Niwa, Yasuki Ito, Toshimitsu Suzuki, Masato Kikuchi, Mineo Kondo

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PURPOSE. To evaluate the changes in focal macular electroretinograms (fmERGs) after surgical removal of choroidal neovascular (CNV) lesions. METHODS. Fourteen patients (14 eyes) with subfoveal or juxtafoveal CNV associated with age-related macular degeneration and 1 patient with idiopathic CNV underwent vitrectomy and removal of the lesions. fmERGs elicited by a 15° stimulus were recorded before and 3 months after surgery. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) was performed to measure the foveal and parafoveal thickness before and 3 months after surgery. RESULTS. Preoperative fmERGs were markedly reduced in all eyes. The mean amplitude of the b-wave in 15 eyes recorded 3 months after surgery increased significantly (P = 0.0022, Wilcoxon signed rank test). In all eyes except two with nearly nonrecordable a- and b- waves, the mean b-wave-to-a-wave ratio after surgery increased significantly in all eyes (P = 0.0330, Wilcoxon signed rank test). The percentage increase in the b-wave amplitude correlated significantly with the percentage decrease in the mean parafoveal retinal thickness (r = 0.688, P = 0.0076). CONCLUSIONS. The decreased macular ERGs were partially recoverable in the early postoperative period. The decreased retinal edema after surgery may have contributed to this recovery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1540-1545
Number of pages6
JournalInvestigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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