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The optic nerve head in myocilin glaucoma


Hewitt, AW and Bennett, SL and Fingert, JH and Cooper, RL and Stone, EM and Craig, JE and Mackey, DA, The optic nerve head in myocilin glaucoma, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 48, (1) pp. 238-243. ISSN 0146-0404 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2007 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

DOI: doi:10.1167/iovs.06-0611


Purpose: Approximately 1 in 30 unselected patients with open-angle glaucoma (OAG) have a mutation in the myocilin gene. The purpose of this study was to describe the morphologic features of the optic nerve head (ONH) in myocilin glaucoma.

Methods: A case-control design was adopted. Sixty-six patients heterozygous for a range of myocilin mutation (cases) were matched in disease severity to 105 patients with OAG known not to have a myocilin mutation (controls), using visual field findings. Quantifiable analysis of the ONH was undertaken of stereoscopic photographs, by using custom software with a z-screen. Subjective grading of the cup depth, lamina cribrosa pore shape and orientation, and the slope of the neuroretinal rim was performed by an examiner masked to the subject's mutation status. Mutation screening was conducted using either direct sequencing or single-stranded conformation polymorphism analysis.

Results: Patients with a myocilin mutation had glaucoma diagnosed earlier (P < 0.001) and had higher maximum recorded intraocular pressures (P < 0.001) than did the control OAG subjects. There was no significant (P > 0.05) difference in global disc area, global neuroretinal rim area, β-parapapillary atrophy, β-parapapillary atrophy, slope of neuroretinal rim, or visible lamina cribrosa morphology between myocilin mutation carriers and patients with nonmyocilin glaucoma. Disc hemorrhages were identified more frequently in those without mutations (14/209 vs. 1/129), though this was not significant after correction for multiple hypothesis testing.

Conclusions: No major structural or morphologic difference of the ONH was detected in pooled data from subjects who had myocilin mutations compared with data from individuals with nonmyocilin glaucoma.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Ophthalmology and optometry
Research Field:Ophthalmology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hewitt, AW (Professor Alex Hewitt)
UTAS Author:Mackey, DA (Professor David Mackey)
ID Code:47619
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2014-11-03

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