Effect of a single application of pulsed dye laser treatment of port-wine birthmarks on intraocular pressure.

TitleEffect of a single application of pulsed dye laser treatment of port-wine birthmarks on intraocular pressure.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsQuan SY, Comi AM, Parsa CF, Irving ND, Krakowski AC, Cohen BA
JournalArchives of dermatology
Volume146
Issue9
Pagination1015-8
Date Published2010 Sep
Abstract

A new pathophysiologic mechanism has been proposed that indicates that periorbital port-wine birthmarks (PWBs) serve as alternate collateral blood passageways when orbital venous drainage is impaired. The occlusion of such collateral venous channels could, therefore, potentially exacerbate impaired ocular venous flow and trigger the development or worsening of glaucoma in patients with Sturge-Weber syndrome. We investigated to what extent a single application of laser therapy, which occludes only the most superficial portions of a facial PWB, might affect intraocular pressure. Pressures before and after laser treatment were measured to determine pressure difference in 15 patients receiving laser treatment.

DOI10.1097/BRS.0b013e3181e7d675
Alternate JournalArch Dermatol