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Does Interferon Alpha Therapy Have Ocular Side Effects?

Posted By Dr. Ari Weitzner On February 21, 2011 @ 11:34 pm In Optic Nerve | Comments Disabled

A study published in Ophthalmology reports that interferon alpha therapy, the first-line treatment for hepatitis B and C, and also used to treat cancers such as melanoma and hairy cell leukemia, has been associated with an ischemic retinopathy with cotton wool spots being a common finding.

A report suggests that anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (AION) may also be linked to interferon alpha therapy, and the authors recommend that interferon be stopped if this is found.


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