verteporfin

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verteporfin

 [ver″tĕ-por´fin]
a photosensitizing agent that accumulates preferentially in neovasculature, including that in the choroid, such as occurs in age-related macular degeneration, ocular histoplasmosis, or pathologic myopia; the agent is then activated by light of a specific wavelength in the presence of oxygen, and causes local damage to the neovascular endothelium followed by vessel occlusion; it is administered intravenously prior to irradiation of the lesion with light from a compatible laser.

ver·te·por·fin

(vĕr-tē-pōr'fin),
Photosensitizer agent used in photodynamic therapy to treat choroidal neovascularization secondary to age related macular degeneration.
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