Retina 2010 Apr;30(4 Suppl):S63-5
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida 33136, USA.
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to report a case of a 7-year-old girl with unilateral, multifocal Reese Ellsworth Stage Vb retinoblastoma who was successfully treated using intraarterial chemotherapy infusion as the primary therapy.
Methods: This is an interventional case report. A 7-year-old girl presented with advanced unilateral retinoblastoma. The patient received intraarterial melphalan infusion therapy as the primary treatment.
Results: Complete tumor resolution was seen at 1 month after intraarterial melphalan infusion.
Conclusion: This case of advanced retinoblastoma in a 7-year-old girl was successfully treated with intraarterial melphalan infusion alone. Treatment resulted in complete resolution of the tumor 1 month after treatment. In comparison with systemic chemotherapy, intraarterial melphalan infusion therapy may be a less toxic and more effective primary treatment option in the future management of advanced retinoblastoma.