Use of a slow-release intravitreal clindamycin implant for the management of ocular toxoplasmosis

Rodrigo Jorge, Igor Neves Coelho, Armando Silva-Cunha, Gabriella Maria Fernandes Cunha, Ingrid U. Scott, Silvia Ligório Fialho, João Marcello Furtado

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Purpose: To report the first patient with ocular toxoplasmosis treated with a slow-release biodegradable intravitreal clindamycin implant. Observations: A 39-year-old human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive woman with recurrent toxoplasmic retinochoroiditis and vitritis for whom oral medication was medically contraindicated was treated with an intravitreal slow-release clindamycin implant and three monthly intravitreal injections of clindamycin and dexamethasone. Serial ophthalmologic examinations demonstrated gradual, complete resolution of posterior uveitis and healing of the retinochoroidal lesion with cicatricial changes, as well as gradual improvement of cells in the anterior chamber. There was no significant change in electroretinography waves after treatment with the implant. The presence of the implant, or part of it, was detectable in the vitreous cavity for 4 months. To date, the patient has been monitored for 30 months, and there has been no reactivation of ocular toxoplasmosis. Conclusion: The slow-release clindamycin implant was safe for intravitreal use in this patient and may have contributed to the long-term control of toxoplasmosis chorioretinitis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101093
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
StatePublished - Jun 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ophthalmology


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