Image-Guided Percutaneous Bleomycin and Bevacizumab Sclerotherapy of Orbital Lymphatic Malformations in Children.

Abdelaziz, O., F. Hassan, K. Elessawy, S. Emad-Eldin, and R. E. Essawy, "Image-Guided Percutaneous Bleomycin and Bevacizumab Sclerotherapy of Orbital Lymphatic Malformations in Children.", Cardiovascular and interventional radiology, vol. 42, issue 3, pp. 433-440, 2019.


PURPOSE: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of image-guided percutaneous sclerotherapy using bleomycin for macrocystic and bevacizumab (Avastin™) for microcystic orbital lymphatic malformations in children.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between October 2015 and July 2018, we prospectively evaluated 10 pediatric patients who presented clinically and radiologically with lymphatic malformations and were treated with percutaneous sclerotherapy. Patients with venous malformations were excluded. Eight females and two males with ages ranging from 3 to 17 years (mean: 8.8, SD: 4.9) were included. Guided with ultrasound and fluoroscopy, macrocysts were treated with bleomycin instillation. For microcystic components in three patients, bevacizumab was injected intralesional. All patients underwent ultrasound and non-contrast MRI to evaluate response to treatment after 6 weeks.

RESULTS: The malformations were macrocystic in seven patients and complex (macro/microcystic) in three. Twenty sclerotherapy sessions were performed, (range: 1-3 sessions, mean: 2, SD: 0.8). Clinically, there was a significant reduction in the proptosis after treatment (P = 0.007) and dystopia (P = 0.018). The local radiological response showed a reduction in the maximum lesions diameters and volumes after treatment (P = 0.005 and 0.005, respectively). Two of the three patients treated with bevacizumab showed a reduction in the lesions volumes by 90.4% and 63.4%, respectively, whereas one patient did not show volume reduction. Transient periorbital edema and ecchymosis occurred following the procedure with no major complications encountered. Follow-up ranged from 9-33 months, mean: 20.3, SD: 7.4.

CONCLUSION: Bleomycin sclerotherapy is a safe and effective treatment for orbital macrocystic lymphatic malformations. Further use of bevacizumab for microcystic lesions in a larger series is required to outline its efficacy and safety.