Medical and sclerosing agents in the treatment of orbital lymphatic malformations what’s new?
Lam, Stacey C.; Yuen, Hunter K.L.Read More
Purpose of review Currently, there is no ideal management for orbital lymphatic malformations. Significant advances have been made since the discovery of new agents in the treatment. The purpose of this manuscript is to review the recent evidence on new sclerotherapy agents and systemic medications.
Recent findings Traditional sclerosants are OK-432, sodium tetradecyl sulphate and ethanol. More recent developments are the use of doxycycline, bleomycin, and pingyangmycin. Sirolimus as a systemic medication has revolutionized the medical management of lymphatic malformations. Other oral drugs such as propranolol and sildenafil are controversial. Future treatment involves targeting lymphangiogenic pathways including inhibition of vascular endothelial growth factors and the phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate 3-kinase catalytic subunit.
Summary The development of new agents allows multimodal management either as monotherapy or combined therapy to achieve better outcomes in this difficult to manage disease.