What is the role of radiation therapy in the treatment of diffuse choroidal hemangiomas in Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS)?

Updated: Dec 26, 2018
  • Author: Masanori Takeoka, MD; Chief Editor: George I Jallo, MD  more...
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A few patients with diffuse choroidal hemangiomas associated with a bullous, nonrhegmatogenous retinal detachment have been treated with radiation therapy (such as brachytherapy or external beam irradiation). Preliminary reports on this treatment suggest that radiation therapy for diffuse choroidal hemangiomas may be a reasonable alternative to photocoagulation, the currently preferred therapy, in selected patients. However, the ultimate risk-to-benefit ratio for this form of treatment is still unknown. Furthermore, the precise indications and contraindications for such treatment currently are unknown.


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