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Study to Evaluate the Effects of Ranibizumab (Lucentis) for Patients With Rubeosis and Neovascular Glaucoma (LucNVG0108)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 9, 2011
Last Update Posted : January 16, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dr. Julia Lueke, University of Luebeck

Brief Summary:

Proliferative ischemic retinopathies lead to a formation of abnormal vessels on the iris surface induced by an increased level of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). In progressive stages fibrovascular membranes occlude the anterior chamber angle which inhibits aqueous outflow resulting in neovascular glaucoma. The increased intraocular pressure is often difficult to control and frequently results in loss of vision.

The aim of this study is to analyze the short- and long-term outcome after adjuvant intraocular Ranibizumab application in patients with neovascular glaucoma and rubeosis and to analyze the role of ranibizumab within a holistic treatment regime.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Neovascular Glaucoma Rubeosis Drug: 0.5mg intraocular Ranibizumab (Lucentis)

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 20 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: An Open Label, Prospective, Monocenter, Prove of Concept Study to Evaluate the Short- and Long-term Effects of 0.5mg Intraocular Ranibizumab (Lucentis) Injections as Adjuvant for Patients With Rubeosis and Neovascular Glaucoma
Study Start Date : November 2008
Primary Completion Date : April 2011
Study Completion Date : July 2011

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Glaucoma
Drug Information available for: Ranibizumab
U.S. FDA Resources

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Lucentis (Ranibizumab) Drug: 0.5mg intraocular Ranibizumab (Lucentis)
short- and long-term effects of 0.5mg intraocular Ranibizumab (Lucentis) injections as adjuvant for patients with rubeosis and neovascular glaucoma

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. change of degree of iris rubeosis [ Time Frame: 12 Months ]
    Main outcome measure is the change of degree of iris rubeosis as documented by iris fluorescein angiography as measured 12 months after the first ranibizumab injection.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. changes in intraocular pressure [ Time Frame: 12 Months ]
    • to document changes in intraocular pressure measurements with the Goldmann applanation tonometer

  2. changes in best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) [ Time Frame: 12 Months ]
    • to document changes in best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) measured on 4 meters

  3. numbers of additional interventions [ Time Frame: 12 Months ]
    • to document numbers of additional interventions or anti-glaucomatous medications 12 months after injection

  4. quality of life [ Time Frame: 12 Months ]
    • to document changes of quality of life

  5. Number of adverse events in all participants [ Time Frame: 12 Months ]
    • to evaluate the safety of intravitreal injections of ranibizumab (0.5 mg) as adjunctive in patients with rubeosis and neovascular glaucoma using the number of adverse events.

  6. changes in gonioscopy [ Time Frame: 12 Months ]
    • to document changes in gonioscopy of the anterior chamber angle

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. neo-vascular glaucoma or rubeosis

    • definition of neo-vascular glaucoma: patient with iris neovascularization with intraocular pressure elevation (exceeding 21 mmHg)
    • definition of rubeosis: patient with iris neovascularization without intraocular pressure elevation (≤21 mmHg)
  2. an available follow-up of 12 months
  3. written informed consent
  4. visual acuity of light perception or better.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. history or evidence of severe cardiac disease (e.g., NYHA functional class III or IV)
  2. clinical or medical history of unstable angina, acute coronary syndrome, myocardial infarction or revascularization with 6 months
  3. ventricular tachyarrhythmias requiring ongoing treatment
  4. History or evidence clinically significant peripheral vascular disease, such as intermittent claudication or prior amputation
  5. Clinically significant impaired renal or hepatic function
  6. Stroke within 12 month before trial entry.
  7. Known serious allergies to the fluorescein dye use in angiography
  8. Known contraindications to the components of Lucentis® formulation.

Ocular concomitant conditions/ diseases

  1. Active intraocular inflammation (grade trace or above) in either eye
  2. Any active infection (e.g. conjunctivitis, keratitis, scleritis, uveitis, endophthalmitis) in either eye
  3. History of uveitis in either eye
  4. Treatment with anti-angiogenic drugs (pegaptanib sodium, anecortave acetate,bevacizumab, ranibizumab, etc.) or intravitreal corticosteroids in either eye within 4 months prior to inclusion
  5. Angle block glaucoma
  6. Phthisis
  7. Intraocular Pressure <10mmHg

Compliance/ Administrative

  1. Previous participation in any clinical studies of investigational drugs (excluding vitamins and minerals) within 1 month (or a period corresponding to 5 half-lives of the investigational drug, whatever is longer) prior to inclusion
  2. Women of child-bearing potential, defined as all women physiologically capable of becoming pregnant. including women whose career, lifestyle, or sexual orientation precludes intercourse with a male partner and women whose partners have been sterilized by vasectomy or other means, UNLESS they are using two birth control methods. The two methods can be a double barrier method or a barrier method plus a hormonal method. Adequate barrier methods of contraception include: diaphragm, condom (by the partner), intrauterine device (copper or hormonal), sponge or spermicide. Hormonal contraceptives include any marketed contraceptive agent that includes an estrogen and/or a progestational agent.
  3. Pregnant or nursing (lactating) women
  4. Inability to comply with study or follow-up procedures.
  5. Any treatment with an investigational agent in the past 60 days for any condition.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01370135

University of Lübeck - Department of Ophthalmology
Lübeck, Germany, 23538
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Luebeck
Principal Investigator: Salvatore Grisanti, M.D. Prof. University of Lübeck - Department of Ophthalmology: Germany

Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Dr. Julia Lueke, Dr. med. Julia Lüke, University of Luebeck Identifier: NCT01370135     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: LucNVG0108
First Posted: June 9, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 16, 2013
Last Verified: January 2013

Keywords provided by Dr. Julia Lueke, University of Luebeck:
neovascular glaucoma
anterior chamber
intravitreal injections
short ans longterm effects
best corrected visual acuity
quality of life

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Glaucoma, Neovascular
Ocular Hypertension
Eye Diseases
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Angiogenesis Inhibitors
Angiogenesis Modulating Agents
Growth Substances
Growth Inhibitors
Antineoplastic Agents