Changes in Electroretinogram and Contrast Sensitivity After PASCAL Treatment

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified December 2007 by Asociación para Evitar la Ceguera en México.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : November 26, 2007
Last Update Posted : December 7, 2007
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November 22, 2007
November 26, 2007
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  • Changes in a wave amplitude [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
  • changes in b wave amplitude [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
  • changes in ERG implicit time [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
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Changes in Electroretinogram and Contrast Sensitivity After PASCAL Treatment
Pattern Scan Laser System vs Regular Photocoagulation System: Changes in Electroretinograms and Contrast Sensitivity Post Treatment.
Laser photocoagulation has become the treatment of choice in PDR. Laser photocoagulation has become the treatment of choice in PDR. The aim is to destroy a substantial portion of the peripheral retina in order to reduce the angiogenic stimulus (decrease the difference between oxygen demand and the administration). Their effectiveness is determined by the extent of destruction of the retina (2.4).


The concept of retinal photocoagulation was introduced by Meyer-Schwickerath for treatment of diabetic retinopathy in the 50s (1, 6). The first successfully used laser was the arc xenon laser (polychromatic, inefficient, and hard to handle). Then the ruby and argon laser appeared (with mayor improvements in design and management). The modern era of photocoagulation as we know it began in the late 70s.

With these available technologies, the focal photocoagulation, the panretinal photocoagulation and the grid photocoagulation were developed. Witch proved effective for the treatment of severe non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy, proliferative diabetic retinopathy in different multicenter studies (ETDRS, DRS) (1.6).

Patients usually receive from 1200 to 1500 laser shots in 2 to 4 sessions lasting from 10 to 20 minutes, during 2 to 4 weeks. The procedure can be time consuming, tedious and painful.

Until now little has changed in the overall design of lasers of 30 years ago. The differences are the introduction of fibre optics and air-based cooling systems. These innovations do not have any impact on the way in which the treatment or the success.

Early efforts to improve photocoagulation included complex recognition systems and eye tracking to try to manage a fully automated process. That required a preview image of the retina. Attempts were also made to determine the appropriate dose of energy for getting the job done. The complexity of these systems prevented their clinical use (1).

The PASCAL is a system of semiautomatic pattern laser, which allows much faster processing, accuracy and control of treatment by a doctor at all times. The difference with the regular laser systems is that PASCAL manages a dual frequency Nd: YAG that works at a wavelength of 532nm, which is capable of firing a single shot from up to 56 shots in pre patterns (1x1, 2 x2, 3x3, 4x4, 5x5). By using time exposures of between 10 and 20 ms, you can make multiple shots at the same time that a shot with conventional laser is done (100 ms). These short pulses allow energy laser focus better in the tissues, produces less pain, Reduce the heat delivered to the choroid, and less diffusion of heat with the subsequent less damage to surrounding tissues (1).

The first study was published in the Retina 2006, by Blumenkanz, Palanker, Marcelino, et al. In which describe their use in rabbit's retinas. In which compared the effect of a number of pulses of different durations and powers. They applied exposition of 10, 20, 50 and 100 ms. The study found that at lower exposure time is required energy of 2 to 3 times more to produce the same effect, but the pulse had less energy. As they increased the exposure time, les power was needed, but the pulsed had also more energy. As the energy increased the shots was less homogeneous, less localized and changes in the final size (110-170micm) (1).

ERG: It reflects the activity of the retina in "mass". In studies of the effect of photocoagulation on the activity of the retina, it have typically been used the amplitude of them a and b wave as criteria of tissue destruction. But there is no consistency among the various studies that have already reported variations of 10 to 95% in the amplitude (especially in wave b) due to the variability in the length of effective ablation of the retina. Others suggest that a wave to be smaller than the b, showing an injury in the primary layer of photoreceptors. Others say that the decline was equal in both waves. But something we all conclude is that the response in the ERG is reduced more than expected based in the coagulated area. But when it is higher, the fall in the ERG is more than what was expected (60% of destruction = 80% decrease of ERG). An average photocoagulation destroys about 40% of the retina approximately (5).

The destruction of the peripheral retina decreases the ERG response, besides laser affect regions of adjacent tissue, causing deterioration in the transmission of signals from the photoreceptors in the proximal retina. What explains the previous reports of large decrease in amplitude on the basis of the area coagulated (2). The laser energy is absorbed by the RPE cells, and the adjacent layer of photoreceptors. What also produces external injury to the retina so you can also observe an increase in the implicit time (3).

A few years ago changing arc xenon to argon marked a difference in the amount of burned retina and decrease in the implicit time and amplitudes of the waves (5).

Macular Edema: Is recognized as a potential adverse effect of panretinal photocoagulation. Witch may transitory or permanent decrease the visual acuity of the patient. Approximately 60% of photocoagulated patients show an increase in the foveal thickness. Despite the fact that it has been said that a change of the self-distribution of blood flow is responsible for this increase in the thickness, today it is believed that these changes are due to post-laser inflammation. Despite that it is performed outside of the vascular arches; it is generally formed by those within.

The inflammation factors, in addition to the direct effect that is exercised on intracellular unions have shown themselves capable of producing a change in the barrier mediated leukocytes. These factors are produced in the peripheral region to the photocoagulated area. The laser stimulates the production of adhesion molecules in the area around the shot and in the non photocoagulated area, which produces bearings and recruitment of leukocytes, secondary accumulation in the posterior pole and subsequent alteration of the hemato-retinal barrier (7).

Phase 4
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • Non Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy
Procedure: PASCAL laser treatment
Patterns Scan Laser treatment in patients with PDR.
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Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients older than 25 years, with a diagnosis of severe NPDR or PRD.
  • Good pupil mydriasis (minimum 5mm) With clear media
  • Patients without previous laser treatment or treatment with antiangiogenic drug.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients who do not accept informed consent.
  • Patients with clinical macular Edema before treatment.
  • Significant corneal opacity.
  • Patients with other eye diseases that interfere with the studies required for the monitoring of patients.
  • History of refractive surgery, glaucoma or ocular hypertension, intraocular inflammation, choroiditis multifocal, retinal detachment, optic neuropathy (4).
  • Patients with tractional retinal detachment due to abundant fibrovascular
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
25 Years to 95 Years   (Adult, Senior)
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Asociacion para evitar la ceguera en mexico, apec
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Principal Investigator: Raul Velez-Montoya, MD Asociaciòn para Evitar la Ceguera en Mèxico
Principal Investigator: Hugo Quiroz-Mercado, MD Asociaciòn para Evitar la Ceguera en Mèxico
Principal Investigator: Virgilio Morales-Canton, MD Asociaciòn para Evitar la Ceguera en Mèxico
Principal Investigator: Juan Manuel Jimenez-Sierra, MD Asociaciòn para Evitar la Ceguera en Mèxico
Asociación para Evitar la Ceguera en México
December 2007

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