Phase I Study of Subconjunctival Ranibizumab in Patients With Primary Pterygium Undergoing Pterygium Surgery

Anat Galor, Sonia H. Yoo, Fernanda V.R. Piccoli, Artur J. Schmitt, Victoria Chang, Victor L. Perez

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Purpose: To evaluate the safety and tolerability of ranibizumab given via subconjunctival injection in patients with primary pterygium undergoing pterygium surgery with autograft placement. Design: Prospective, open-label pilot study. Methods: Setting: Single-center, academic practice. Study Population: Ten patients with primary pterygia. bservational Procedure: Subconjunctival ranibizumab (0.5 mg/0.05 mL) administered at the limbus, adjacent to pterygium either 3 days prior to surgery (Group 1, n = 5) or at the time of surgery (Group 2, n = 5). Patients prospectively followed for 6 months after injection. Main Outcome Measures: Safety and tolerability of subconjunctival ranibizumab as determined by patient reporting, clinical examination, and masked observer interpretation of slit-lamp photographs. Results: The median age at presentation was 59 years (range 33 to 71 years); 60% of patients were male. Five patients were randomly assigned to be injected with 0.05 mg ranibizumab via subconjunctival injection 3 days prior to surgery; an additional 5 patients were injected with ranibizumab at the time of surgery. All 10 patients tolerated the injection well. The conjunctival autograft remained intact in the 9 patients whose grafts were secured with sutures. There was dehiscence of the autograft in the 1 patient whose graft was secured with fibrin glue. No other safety concerns arose after 6 months of follow-up. Three pterygium recurrences were noted at 6 months (all patients in Group 1). All remaining patients had a normal surgical bed appearance. Conclusions: The data from this small pilot study suggest that 1 subconjunctival injection of ranibizumab in conjunction with pterygium surgery is well tolerated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)926-931.e2
JournalAmerican journal of ophthalmology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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