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Original Study - Clinical

Intra-Arterial Chemotherapy for Retinoblastoma: 8-Year Experience from a Tertiary Referral Institute in Thailand Rojanaporn, Duangnate; Chanthanaphak, Ekachat; Boonyaopas, Rawi; Sujirakul, Tharikarn ; Hongeng, Suradej; Ayudhaya, Sirintara Singhara Na
Purpose: To study the safety and efficacy of intra-arterial chemotherapy (IAC) as a treatment for intraocular retinoblastoma in Thailand.
Design: Retrospective, interventional case series.
Methods: In this study, IAC was performed as primary or secondary treatment for patients with intraocular retinoblastoma using melphalan with or without additional topotecan or carboplatin. Survival rate, globe salvage rate, and treatment complications were recorded and analyzed.
Results: Of 27 eyes of 26 patients with retinoblastoma, 7 (26%) had IAC as primary treatment and 20 (74%) had IAC as secondary treatment. The eyes were classified by International Classification of Retinoblastoma (ICRB) as group B (n = 3, 11%), group C (n = 1, 4%), group D (n = 12, 44%), and group E (n = 11, 41%). Catheterization was successful in 75 (94%) of 80 sessions. The median number of IAC sessions was 3 (range, 1–7). At a mean follow-up of 32 months (range, 3–95 months), the overall globe salvage rate was 52%, with 100% in groups B and C, 75% in group D, and 9% in group E. Complications of IAC included occlusive vasculopathy (n = 4, 15%), vitreous hemorrhage (n = 3, 11%), retinal artery precipitation (n = 2, 7%), strabismus (n = 2, 7%), and transient ischemic attack (n = 1, 4%). The overall survival rate was 96% (n = 25).
Conclusion: Our experience suggests that IAC is a safe and effective treatment for patients with ICRB group B, C, D, and some group E retinoblastoma. Careful patient selection and experienced surgeons are critical for achieving the best treatment outcome.
The Relationship Between Optic Disc Parameters and Female Reproductive Factors in Young Women Lee, Samantha S.Y.; Yazar, Seyhan; Pasquale, Louis R.; Sanfilippo, Paul G.; Hewitt, Alex W.; Hickey, Martha; Skinner, Rachel; Mackey, David A.
Purpose: It has been suggested that female sex steroids have neuroprotective properties that may reduce risk of glaucoma in premenopausal women. In this study, we explored the associations of optic disc measures with female reproductive factors in a population of young women. Design: Cohort study.
Methods: Young women (n = 494; age range, 18–22 years) were recruited as part of the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study. Information on age at menarche, parity, and use of hormonal contraceptives were obtained from questionnaires. Participants underwent an eye examination, including spectral-domain optical coherence tomography imaging, to obtain optic disc parameters.
Results: Women who had given birth at least once (parous women;n = 10) had larger vertical neuroretinal rim widths (P < 0.001) than nulliparous women (n = 484) after correcting for use of hormonal contraceptives, intraocular pressure, refractive error, and family history of glaucoma. Furthermore, vertical and horizontal cup-to-disc ratios, which are inherently related to neuroretinal rim width, were found to be smaller among parous women compared with nulliparous women (both P < 0.001). Age at menarche and use of hormonal contraceptives were not significantly associated with any optic disc parameters.
Conclusions: We found limited evidence that female reproductive factors were related with optic disc parameters during young adulthood. The association between parity and optic disc parameter, though significant, should be further investigated given the small number of parous women in the current sample. Future follow-ups of this cohort will allow us to explore for any associations of these factors with optic disc parameters and glaucoma risk at an older age.
Clinical Course and Treatment Response of Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disease: An 8-Year Experience Lin, Chao-Wen; Lin, I-Hung; Chen, Ta-Ching; Jou, Jieh-Ren; Woung, Lin-Chung
Purpose: To report the clinical course and treatment response in a cohort of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) patients from a single referral center.

Design: Case series.

Methods: Ninety-six NMOSD patients who received treatment and follow-up checks at National Taiwan University Hospital for at least 2 years between 2008 and 2016 were recruited. Detailed characteristics of clinical course including acute episodes, maintenance therapies, and visual outcome were collected. Patients were examined every 6 months and during each episode of relapse. The study was approved by the institutional review board and informed consent was obtained.


Results: Among all patients, 68 (70.8%) had optic neuritis. Optic neuritis was the initial presentation of NMOSD in 44 patients. Among patients with optic neuritis, 32.4% had recurrent optic neuritis within 1 year from the first episode. Compared with the group without optic neuritis, the group with optic neuritis had a younger age of presentation (34.4 ± 15.9 versus 42.4 ± 14.7 years, P = 0.02) and a higher 1-year recurrence rate (64.7% versus 17.9%, P < 0.001). Among the patients with optic neuritis, 51.5% of patients had a final visual acuity of worse than 20/200. Multiple regression analysis showed that the presence of aquaporin-4-IgG antibodies and poor initial visual acuity were risk factors of worse visual outcome.

Conclusions: In this study, patients with optic neuritis were younger and had a higher 1-year recurrence rate. Despite using steroid therapy during the acute phase and immunosuppressive agents as long-term treatment, visual prognosis was poor. Aquaporin-4-IgG antibodies and initial visual acuity were associated with final visual outcome.

Review Article

How to Add Metacognition to Your Continuing Professional Development: Scoping Review and Recommendations Mack, Heather G.; Spivey, Bruce; Filipe, Helena P.
Participation in continuing professional development (CPD) is part of lifelong learning required by ophthalmologists. Metacognition is a new area of educational research. It is important because metacognitive skills are essential in medical education and likely to improve effectiveness of CPD activities. We systematically searched PubMed using the search terms ‘metacognition’ and ‘CPD’ or ‘continuing medical education (CME)’ and found only 5 articles. These articles were supplemented by a broad-based review of published literature including educational psychology, across the continuum of medical education. We summarize the techniques that may improve metacognition in CPD: awareness of and instruction in metacognition, awareness and mitigation of cognitive errors, appropriate needs analysis, and choosing appropriate activities. Metacognition and learning of new surgical techniques, the role of portfolios, and the role of the educator are described. The evidence is weak however, and it is usually extrapolated to CPD activities from other fields. Ophthalmologists may be able to improve their metacognitive skills in the CPD context, but the evidence supporting this is of low quality.
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