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Abstract #86517 Published in IGR 21-2

The Relationship Between Optic Nerve Cup-to-Disc Ratio and Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer Thickness in Suspected Pediatric Glaucoma

Mocan MC; Machen L; Machen L; Jang I; Jang I; Cao D
Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus 2020; 57: 90-96


PURPOSE: To evaluate the relationship between optic nerve cup-to-disc ratio and peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thickness in suspected pediatric glaucoma with large cup-to-disc ratios. METHODS: This was a retrospective study undertaken at a single academic institution. Eighty-six eyes of 43 patients who presented with large (≥ 0.5) cup-to-disc ratios in both eyes and without elevated intraocular pressure were evaluated using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography. Global and sectoral peripapillary RNFL thickness measurements, Bruch's membrane opening size, refractive error in spherical equivalents, and intraocular pressure levels were recorded for all patients. Cup-to-disc ratios were manually derived using digital fundus images (D-cup-to-disc ratio). Parameters were compared between gender or race by t tests or analysis of variance. The differences in the relationship among the clinical parameters between two eyes were assessed using generalized estimation equation modeling followed by Pearson's correlation analysis. RESULTS: Forty-three patients (25 boys and 18 girls) with a mean age of 9.3 ± 2.7 years (range: 5 to 15 years) were included. The mean global peripapillary RNFL thickness and the D-cup-to-disc ratio of study eyes were 99.0 ± 9.2 µm and 0.66 ± 0.03, respectively. The peripapillary RNFL thickness was found to be correlated with refractive error (r = 0.404; P = .008) and Bruch's membrane opening size (r = 0.410; P = .008) but not with cup-to-disc ratios (r = 0.029; P = .858) or patient age (r = -0.044; P = .797). CONCLUSIONS: In patients with suspected pediatric glaucoma who present with large cup-to-disc ratios, RNFL thickness does not correlate with the degree of optic nerve cupping. Myopic refractive errors and Bruch's membrane opening size need to be taken into consideration to prevent misinterpretation of peripapillary RNFL measurements. [J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus. 2020;57(2):90-96.].

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Classification:

9.1.2 Juvenile glaucoma (Part of: 9 Clinical forms of glaucomas > 9.1 Developmental glaucomas)
2.14 Optic disc (Part of: 2 Anatomical structures in glaucoma)
6.9.2.2 Posterior (Part of: 6 Clinical examination methods > 6.9 Computerized image analysis > 6.9.2 Optical coherence tomography)



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