Abstract Title:

Relationship between anticoagulant medication and massive intraocular hemorrhage in age-related macular degeneration.

Abstract Source:

Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2000 Jun;238(6):482-5. PMID: 10943671

Abstract Author(s):

M A Tilanus, W Vaandrager, M H Cuypers, A M Verbeek, C B Hoyng

Article Affiliation:

Institute of Ophthalmology, University Hospital Nijmegen, The Netherlands. [email protected]


BACKGROUND: A massive intraocular hemorrhage in the course of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a devastating event. We set out to determine the role of anticoagulant therapy prescribed for vascular or cardiac indications in the development of a massive hemorrhage.

METHODS: A retrospective case-controlled study was conducted of 50 cases of age-related macular degeneration complicated by massive subretinal and vitreous hemorrhage. The control group consisted of 50 cases of AMD with small subretinal hemorrhage.

RESULTS: There was a significant difference in the use of anticoagulant medication (warfarin sodium) between the groups. The difference in the use of antiplatelet medication (aspirin) between the groups was not significant. A patient with a massive intraocular hemorrhage and AMD is 11.6 times more likely to use anticoagulant medication. It appeared that more than 50% of the patients in the massive hemorrhage group were allowed to stop the anticoagulant medication.

CONCLUSION: Anticoagulant medication poses a significant risk in the development of a massive intraocular hemorrhage in patients with exudative AMD. Antiplatelet medication poses a less significant risk. Physicians prescribing anticoagulant medication should be informed about the macular status of the patient. the In case of neovascular AMD, anticoagulant medication should be prescribed only for absolute systemic indications.

Study Type : Human Study

Print Options

Key Research Topics

Sayer Ji
Founder of GreenMedInfo.com

Subscribe to our informative Newsletter & get Nature's Evidence-Based Pharmacy

Our newsletter serves 500,000 with essential news, research & healthy tips, daily.

Download Now

500+ pages of Natural Medicine Alternatives and Information.

This website is for information purposes only. By providing the information contained herein we are not diagnosing, treating, curing, mitigating, or preventing any type of disease or medical condition. Before beginning any type of natural, integrative or conventional treatment regimen, it is advisable to seek the advice of a licensed healthcare professional.

© Copyright 2008-2022 GreenMedInfo.com, Journal Articles copyright of original owners, MeSH copyright NLM.